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Nunavut's Inuit organizations gear up for Dec. 12 elections

Three Nunavut Inuit organizations — Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) — are getting ready for elections on Dec.12.

NTI, QIA and KIA will all elect leaders on the same day

Aluki Kotierk, Joe Kunuk, Levinia Brown and Cathy Towtongie are all vying to be the next president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Three Nunavut Inuit organizations — Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) — are getting ready for elections on Dec.12.

Incumbent Larry Audlaluk (above) from Grise Fiord is squaring off against Olayuk Akesuk for the QIA vice president role. (Ed Maruyama/Facebook)

On Friday, NTI announced four candidates were vying for the presidency of Nunavut's land claims organization. 

The official list includes incumbent Cathy Towtongie as well as Joe Kunuk, Levinia Brown and Aluki Kotierk.

QIA, representing Inuit in the Qikiqtani (Baffin) Region, have announced an unofficial list of candidates.

The top position open in the election is vice president. Incumbent Larry Audlaluk from Grise Fiord is squaring off against Olayuk Akesuk, who has just completed his term as Cape Dorset's community director, for the position.

The position of secretary-treasurer at QIA is uncontested with Joe Attagutaluk as the only candidate.

Other positions up for grabs include community directors for Arctic Bay, Cape Dorset, Grise Fiord, Qikiqtarjuaq, Pangnirtung and Resolute Bay. The nomination period for Resolute Bay has been extended until Nov. 10 due to weather conditions.

The official list of QIA candidates will be announced today at 6 pm.

5 positions at KIA

KIA, which represents Inuit living in the Kivalliq Region, is also heading to the polls.

By the end of day Monday, only Donna Adams had put her name forward to run as secretary treasurer. David Kuksuk was the sole person nominated as community director for Arviat and Thomas Elytook was the sole person nominated as community director for Baker Lake. 

Two other community director positions will be contested. 

In Chesterfield Inlet, the four nominees include Harry Aggark, Solomon Autut, Peter Kattegatsiak Sr. and Jimmy Krako. 

In Coral Harbour, the nominees include Hanna Angutialuk, Erksultuk Eetuk, Solomon Nakoolak and Willie Nakoolak.

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