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NEWS: Nunavut November 05, 2018 - 8:30 am

P.J. Akeeagok acclaimed to second term as QIA president

Kitikmeot Inuit Association sees four-way race for president, while NTI sees two-way contest for vice-president

QIA president P.J. Akeeagok, pictured here at a recent board meeting in Iqaluit, will serve a second term as president after he was acclaimed to the role Nov. 2. (FILE PHOTO)
QIA president P.J. Akeeagok, pictured here at a recent board meeting in Iqaluit, will serve a second term as president after he was acclaimed to the role Nov. 2. (FILE PHOTO)

(Updated Nov. 5)

Qikiqtani Inuit Association President P.J. Akeeagok will serve a second term, after being acclaimed to the position.

Friday, Nov. 2, was the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers to run for QIA president or for community director in seven Baffin communities. Election day is Dec. 10.

Akeeagok became president of the QIA after a narrow victory in December 2014 when, after a recount, he won two votes more than second-place candidate Mikidjuk Akavak.

Over his first four-year term, Akeeagok sought to spend more time in Baffin communities to meet with beneficiaries, win more benefits for Qikiqtani Inuit through an amended Inuit impact and benefit agreement with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp., and moved to explore Inuit self-government in Nunavut.

The QIA published an official list Nov. 5 of candidates for QIA community directors in the following communities:

• Clyde River: Inutiq Iqaqrialu, Mike Jaypoody, Billy Palluq and Patrick Palituq.

• Hall Beach: Reena Irqittuq, Jason Kaernerk, Jopie Kaernerk and Abraham Qammaniq.

• Igloolik: Solomon Allurut, Johnny Malaiya Kublu, Jefferson Uttak

• Iqaluit: Steven Polee Lucassie, Jesse Mike, Simon Nattaq and Noah Papatsie.

• Pond Inlet: David Curley, Charlie Inuarak and Sam Omik Sr.

• Sanikiluaq: Moses Appaqaq, Joe Arragutainaq, Pater Kattuk and Sarah Kittosuk.

Tommy Akavak was acclaimed as community director for Kimmirut.

Polling stations will open on Dec. 3 for advance voting and on election day, Dec. 10, they will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Eligible voters must be at least 16 years old, permanently residing in one of Baffin’s 13 communities and be enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement.

Kitikmeot Inuit Association sees four-way race for president

In western Nunavut, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association will also host elections on Dec. 10 for the positions of president and vice-president of social and cultural development, as well as for community director positions in four communities.

Incumbent president Stanley Anablak is running for re-election on Dec. 10 and will face competition from three other candidates: Bob Aknavigak, Vivienne Aknavigak and George Sonny Porter.

Three candidates will compete for the role of vice-president of social and cultural development: Jeannie Evalik, Darlene Metuituk and Joe Tulurialik.

And the following candidates are running to serve as board members in the following communities:

• Kugluktuk: Jimmy Ross Miyok and Peter Taktogon.

• Gjoa Haven: Paul Iquallaq, Ben Putuguq and Raymond Quqshuun Sr.

• Taloyoak: James Aiyout, Johnny Kootook, Robert Lyall and Dora Kelly Quayaut.

• Kugaaruk: Tars Angutingunirk, Celine Ningark and Johnny Sigguk.

Inuit voters in the Kitikmeot region can cast ballots at advance polls on Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on election day, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m.

The Kivalliq Inuit Association is not holding elections this year, but Kivalliq region beneficiaries are, of course, eligible to vote in the NTI vice-president election.

NTI’s veteran vice-president hopes for another term

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s long-time vice-president, James Eetoolook, is seeking re-election on Dec. 10.

He’ll face just one other candidate in the election: Peter Ohokannoak of Cambridge Bay.

Eetoolook, 72, first joined the board of directors of the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut when the organization was created in 1982.

Since the organization became Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. in 1993, Eetoolook has served in many executive roles.

Voters have a number of options for how they cast their ballot in NTI’s election, including a mobile poll, proxy vote or mail-in ballot.

Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut agreement who are at least 16 years of age are eligible to vote in the upcoming election, at advance polls, Dec. 3, or on election day, Dec. 10.

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(26) Comments:

#1. Posted by Time for a change... on November 05, 2018

It’s time for NTI to have a change in it’s VP but is this the right choice?

#2. Posted by Cam Bay Resident on November 05, 2018

#1 Peter is a young, smart, driven individual.  He’s been involved in the community at the grassroots level, he has been a great role model for many young people.
I think it will be a steep learning curve for him but he’s very smart and very driven.
James has done a great deal of work for all Inuks, I’m grateful for all his hard work that he has and continues to do for all Inuit alike. Maybe this is the year he takes a break and relaxes for the golden years.

Thank You James and good luck Peter

#3. Posted by Ikaluktutiak on November 05, 2018

Peter is a phenomenal young man.  Does a lot of work with the youth in his community.  Works hard and is eager. Young but NTI needs fresh new ideas.  Time for change.

Let’s Go Peter!!!

#4. Posted by Voter on November 05, 2018

Good luck James and Peter ohokanoak. Indeed young, very smart inuk. For sure we need change for the future and our youth.

#5. Posted by 33 years old on November 05, 2018

Very appreciated for all the hard work James. Time for the younger generation to take over and build confidence within our youth.

#6. Posted by Inuk on November 05, 2018

Good luck to both canidates. Thank you for your hard work over the years James. Think its times for the younger generation to take over.

#7. Posted by Inuit on November 05, 2018

Good luck to both. Thanks for your work over the years. Time for the young generation to take over.

#8. Posted by Experience? on November 05, 2018

Please someone share what kind of experience Peter has in landclaims. Sure he is smart, but that was out of nowhere. I believe in Youth, but youth who have experience, and have shown interest. I don’t think he has ever run for anything in our community has he?

I put my trust in James, James works hard for Nunavut, he has experience and this is not a role to spend time training someone to be a leader.

#9. Posted by Inuit on November 05, 2018

Thank you for your dedication over the years James. Time for new start for younger candidate to lead.

#10. Posted by Resid on November 05, 2018

#9 anyone can lead if they have the motivation and determination. Ask James what he had when he first started. Was high school completed.?? It’s like being the mayor for the first time. Learn as you go.

#11. Posted by Leader on November 05, 2018

Inuit needs to lead young or old. Prefer someone young not 71 years old. Time to hang up your boots old time. #9 perhaps you should of entered for candidate. Lol

#12. Posted by Gov. on November 05, 2018

#9 maybe next time think before you comment. What he has: college in big city of edmonton/Alberta. Not arctic college. Great jobs.

#13. Posted by Posted by experience ? on November 05, 2018

Sorry I didn’t realize Peter went to college. Now working for nti. Good luck peter.

#14. Posted by Friend on November 05, 2018

Energitic young man with college experience and work experience. Go Peter.

#15. Posted by Voter on November 06, 2018

Worked with Peter at the government office. Very bright and smart. Go Peter.

#16. Posted by Posted by experience ? on November 06, 2018

Good luck James and Peter. May the very educated rookie take over.

#17. Posted by Unstoppable on November 06, 2018

PJ and David Ningeongan (KivIA) are on a roll.  They’re young, educated, smart, wise and unstoppable!  They are doing so much for Nunavummiut!  David, just be careful and do not let your personal business ventures spill over to your pro side!

#18. Posted by snapshot on November 06, 2018

@ #18, you’d be unstoppable too if your the only one running. Not everybody wants to live in iqaluit.

#19. Posted by Putuguk on November 06, 2018

Ohokannoak and Eetoolook cannot be compared as candidates in any realistic way. 

We have not heard a peep from either of them on what they would do if elected.

We are left to speculate from their background, age, etc. on which candidate would be best.

And wouldn’t you know it, both the old and young can be raging idiots, and that an excellent reason not to discriminate based on age. 

What are the main issues, what are the different ways in which the issues can be tackled, and which options are the candidates saying they will be going with? 

Unless we get to that level of democratic sophistication, we are left with a popularity contest, which is exactly what the above comments attest to. 

The lack of issues based discourse is the reason our Inuit leadership remains so entrenched. 

Based on that, sorry Peter; not enough people know you or have any clue what difference you would make to James. You lose.

#20. Posted by Inuk Person on November 06, 2018

All this talk of electing whomever, but none of you will probably go vote. Voter turnout is always very low.

#21. Posted by Inuk on November 06, 2018

#20 Bang on!

We need to hear what their goals and aspirations are if elected as VP of NTI.

So…..James and Peter!

Let the Campaigning begin!!


Looking forward to what my fellow Inuks have planned.

#22. Posted by Putu on November 06, 2018

#20 once again your tackling both canidates and then choose to be racist/mocking against Ohokannoak towards the end. #21 very true ! Voter turnout is terrible.

#23. Posted by Putuguk on November 06, 2018

Eetoolook may have more experience but doing everything the old way here. Time to vote him out.

#24. Posted by Jane on November 06, 2018

If either candidate mounts any sort of active campaign they stand a good chance of winning esp. with the usual 25% NTI overall voter turnout. Hard to get excited about NTI since they do diddly.

#25. Posted by Putuguk on November 07, 2018

Shall be a interesting campaign between trump 72 and cambridge bay candidate. Prefer voting out James. Sorry my old friend, need to go.

#26. Posted by Put out on November 08, 2018

Good luck to both. Will see up to the voters but I think Putuguk needs to see a doctor before voting

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