Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s national Inuit organization, has opened nominations for its next president.
The election will take place on September 17th in the community of Cambridge Bay in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, ITK announced in a news release on Monday.
Any Inuk Canadian at least 18 years of age is eligible for nomination.
ITK’s current president, Terry Audla, has held the position since 2012.
ITK was founded in 1971 and represents Canada’s approximately 60,000 Inuit in areas including environment, politics and culture.
Nominations for this year’s election close on August 17.
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