Monica Ell-Kanayuk was elected the new president of Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) – Canada at the organization’s annual general meeting in Alaska on Sunday.
Ell-Kanayuk is a well-known politician in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut where she was a former MLA and cabinet minister in the territorial Legislative Assembly.
Ell-Kanayuk beat out two other contenders: 2014-2018 ICC Chair Okalik Eegeesiak, and Herb Angik Nakimayak, an MLA from Canada’s Northwest Territories and 2014-2018 vice-president of ICC-Canada, said a news release from the organization on Sunday.
ICC-Canada’s new vice-president is Lisa Koperqualuk, an anthropologist and political scientist from Nunavik, the Inuit region of northern Quebec.
General assembly underway in Arctic Alaska
The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) represents the approximately 160,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Russia and the United States.
The ICC meets every four years to elect a new chair and executive council and to establish the organization’s focus for the next four years. It’s four regional components include: ICC-Alaska, ICC-Canada, ICC-Greenland and ICC-Chukotka.
The organization is also a permanent participant on the Arctic Council, a forum made up of the world’s eight circumpolar nations and six Arctic indigenous groups.
The ICC was established in 1977 to advance Inuit concerns on the international stage, strengthen cross-border political and economic collaboration, and promote policies to preserve the environment in the Arctic.
Ell-Kanayuk and Koperqualuk will take up their new positions when the current ICC General Assembly wraps up in Utqiaġvik, Alaska on July 20.
Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)cbc.ca
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