Two candidates to vie for presidency of Inuit gov in Atlantic Canada

The Nunatsiavut Assembly in the community of Hopedale in Atlantic Canada. Elections for president will take place on October 6. (Courtesy Nunatsiavut Government)
Two candidates will vie to become president of Nunatsiavut, the Inuit region in the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, at the election later on this year.

On October 6, incumbent Johannes Lampe of Nain will go against Andrea Webb/Tuglavina of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The election was supposed to go ahead in May, but was postponed because of COVID-19.

Nunatsiavut’s population of 2560 is spread out between five communities along the Atlantic coast: Nain, Hopedale, Makkovik, Postville and Rigolet. But beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement are eligible to vote no matter where they live. 

People can vote in any of the Nunatsiavut’s five communities, or in the Labrador communities of North West River and Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Or if they live elsewhere in Canada, they can vote by mail-in ballet.

Innuttut debate September 29

A candidates’ debate in Innuttut, the Inuit-language dialect in Nunatsiavut,  will take place on September 29, the Nunatsiavut Government said in a news release. 

Advance polls will take place on September 29.

Write to Eilis Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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