Members of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) are in Inuvik, Northwest Territories (central Canadian Arctic) this week, for their annual general meeting and presidential election.
Three candidates are vying for the organization’s top job — Peter Williamson, former MP Peter Ittinuar, and incumbent president Natan Obed.
The election is taking place this Thursday at 1 p.m. (local time) on the final day of ITK’s annual general meeting.
Several topics on the table
The two-day meeting, which began Wednesday, broaches topics including a national Inuit suicide prevention strategy, and the development of federal child and family services legislation.
A discussion around an Inuit-specific version of Jordan’s Principle, a child-first principle meant to ensure First Nation children receive the health care they need without delays, is also on the agenda.
For those who can’t be at the meetings in person, ITK is live-streaming on its Facebook page.
Award ceremony last night
Ahead of the meetings, an awards ceremony to recognize Inuit who contribute to their communities took place during a community feast, Tuesday evening.
The categories included advancements in culture and language, community volunteer, and Inuit cultural repatriation award.
Related stories from around the North:
Finland: Sámi school preserves reindeer herders’ heritage with help of internet, Cryopolitics Blog
Norway: Arctic Indigenous food culture takes the day at international cookbook awards, Eye on the Arctic
Russia: Russia plans fenced parks to confine reindeer herding in Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Report sheds light on Swedish minority’s historic mistreatment, Radio Sweden
United States: Inuit leaders to advance Indigenous human rights, Radio Canada International