The Inuit land-claim organization in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut named Kilikvak Karen Kabloona as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Tuesday.
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the organization that administers the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement on behalf of the territory’s Inuit, made the announcement in a news release on Tuesday, saying Kabloona will be the first woman to hold the position in NTI’s history.
Kabloona is a former associate deputy minister for quality of life in Nunavut.
She was appointed in 2015 by then-premier Peter Taptuna to oversee Nunavut’s suicide prevention initiatives.
The NTI news release also described her work in the Nunavut government since 2004 which included times as a political advisor to cabinet ministers and two territorial premiers.
Kabloona will officially take over from current CEO Hannah Uniuqsaraq on December 03, 2018.
Inuit rights in Arctic
The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was signed on May 25, 1993 while what is now Nunavut was still part of Canada’s Northwest Territories.
The agreement established the political and environmental rights of Inuit in the region and was signed by the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut, the precursor to NTI,
Nunavut officially separated from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999.
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