Terry Audla elected new president of Inuit organization

Terry Audla won 12 of the 13 votes cast Wednesday to become the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. He replaces Mary Simon, who was the organization's president for the past 6 years.

Audla replaces Mary Simon who was president for 6 years

Terry Audla has been elected the new president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

He won 12 of the 13 votes cast Wednesday at the Inuit organization’s annual general meeting in Kuujjuaq, Que., and he was sworn in at a community feast.

Audla will serve as president for three years.

"I will work towards the economic development within each of the four regions to, to ensure that Inuit are actually at the helm and actually steering development in their own region," he said.

Terry Audla has years of experience with other Inuit organizations, such as the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (CBC)

Audla said he wants to continue work on Inuit education started by Mary Simon, the high-profile Inuit activist. Simon, who had been president of the organization for the past six years, announced she would not seek re-election last month. 

Audla was born in Iqaluit and raised in Resolute, Nunavut. He is the descendant of High Arctic exiles who had been relocated by the federal government from northern Quebec.

He has worked for other Inuit organizations, such as Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, where he spent 17 years.

He was also instrumental in getting a court injunction prohibiting the federal government from doing seismic testing in Lancaster Sound.