Vote to take place June 10 in Nain

Simon wants three more years as ITK head

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The head of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami says she will seek a second three-year term as president of the national Inuit organization.

"I take great satisfaction from having been part of a cross-Canada team of Inuit leaders and community members over the past three years who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the needs and priorities of Inuit, and our communities," Mary Simon said in an ITK news release.

Delegates to ITK's annual general meeting on June 10 in Nain, Labrador will hold a secret ballot to elect a new president, immediately at the end of their AGM.

Improving the mental health and wellness of Inuit will remain a top priority for Simon if she is re-elected.

"Our approach must be Inuit-driven and multi-generational and take into account the perspectives of women, youth and elders," she said.

Simon also said that she would continue to focus on issues such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on residential schools, the Inuit presence at the 2010 ­Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, and Canada's lack of support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Rights.

" I will not relent until Canada embraces the declaration as its own," she said.

Simon said there are many other outstanding issues that she wants to address during her second term.

Any Inuk may run for the position of ITK president.

Candidates must submit their nominations by 7 p.m., May 14.

Application forms and detailed election rules are available on the ITK website at http://www.itk.ca.

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