Respected Inuit leader dies in Ottawa
Thomasie Alikatuktuk, well-known artist and leader, brought stability to QIA
Thomasie Alikatuktuk, who served as president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association between September 2001 and October 2009, died Nov. 24 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital after an lengthy illness.
He was 56.
Alikatuktuk, orginally from Pangnirtung, is well-known for his art work and the stability that he brought to the QIA during the eight years he served in the organization’s top job.
He announced his resignation as QIA president Oct. 22, during the organization’s recent board meeting in Iqaluit, citing poor health.
QIA will hold an election Dec. 14 among all eligible beneficiaries in the Qikiqtani region to elect a president to serve the two years that remain in Alikatuktuk’s term.
The candidates are Okalik Eegeesiak of Iqaluit, Zacharias Kunuk of Igloolik, Franco Buscemi of Iqaluit, Joe Sageatok of Iqaluit, Hezekiah Oshutapik of Pangnirtung, and Sam Omik Sr. of Pond Inlet.
A date for Alikatuktuk’s funeral has yet to be set.