Thomasie Alikatuktuk quits QIA, citing health

Baffin beneficiaries to choose new president Dec. 14

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Thomasie Alikatuktuk of Pangnirtung: the well-known artist and politician is credited with bringing stability to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association after he began serving as president in 2001.


Thomasie Alikatuktuk of Pangnirtung: the well-known artist and politician is credited with bringing stability to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association after he began serving as president in 2001. (FILE PHOTO)

Thomasie Alikatuktuk resigned Oct. 22 as president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, citing health reasons.

To fill his vacant seat, the QIA will hold a Baffin-wide by-election Dec. 14, when QIA beneficiaries will also elect a secretary-treasurer. At the same time, beneficiaries in six communities will choose community directors. Until then, the organization will appoint an interim president.

Alikatuktuk, 56, has served in QIA’s top job since since September of 2001, when he was appointed president on an interim basis.

He’s credited with helping to bring stability and competence to an organization that in 2000 and 2001 was teetering on the edge of collapse due to numerous staff resignations and the removal from office of two previous presidents.

Alikatuktuk’s health problems kept him from attending this week’s QIA meetings in Iqaluit. Vice president George Echalook and secretary treasurer Joe Attagutaluk took turns chairing the gathering.

He was elected to his first three-year term on Dec. 9, 2002 and has held the job ever since, having been re-elected to his last three-year term less than a year ago.

The QIA says nomination papers for the Dec. 14 presidential by-election must be sent to their office in Iqaluit by 5:00 p.m., Nov. 6.

The person chosen as president in that election will serve out the remaining two years of Alikatuktuk’s term, which was to expire in December 2011.

Also on Dec. 14, QIA beneficiaries will choose a secretary-treasurer to serve a three-year term.

Beneficiaries in Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord and Qikiqtarjuaq will elect community directors to serve three-year terms expiring in December 2012.

And in Cape Dorset, Hall Beach and Resolute Bay, beneficiaries will vote in by-elections to choose community directors to serve two-year terms.

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