Aluki Kotierk has been announced the unofficial winner of the NTI presidential election, with 69 per cent of the votes. (Photo courtesy of Aluki Kotierk)

Aluki Kotierk re-elected president of NTI

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. announces voter turnout of 17.5 per cent

By Nunatsiaq News

Aluki Kotierk will serve another term at the helm of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., after taking more than two-thirds of the votes in the organization’s presidential election on Monday.

She defeated challenger Andrew Nakashuk in a two-way race.

Kotierk received 69 per cent of the votes cast, compared to Nakashuk’s 31 per cent, according to an NTI news release and the organization’s election results website.

The organization that represents Inuit beneficiaries in Nunavut announced the unofficial results of its election in a news release on Tuesday morning.

Voter turnout was 17.5 per cent, the news release said.

NTI had previously scheduled the election for Dec. 14, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the organization to postpone it to Feb. 8.

Kotierk previously told Nunatsiaq News that if she was re-elected, she would prioritize meeting the basic needs of Inuit, such as housing, employment, education and health care.

She will serve a four-year term.

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(27) Comments:

  1. Posted by Yikes on

    Wow that’s a horrible turnout, even for NTI. I’m sure the abrupt cancellation of the original election had nothing to do with it.
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    The minority has spoken and they want more of the same (nothing).

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  2. Posted by Consistency on

    Has everyone lost all faith in NTI? 17.5% turn out is sad.
    Maybe someone needs to set up a camp on the front, back and side steps of the NTI offices, dont let anyone leave the office until positive changes happen, maybe then they will listen and regain our trust.

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  3. Posted by In Reality on

    The competition wasn’t very inspiring…

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  4. Posted by Quglunngnaq! on

    17.5% of eligible voters!? That’s basically 4,000 Inuit in all of Nunavut that voted? Put into context that’s basically Rankin and Arviat combined that voted. This is not democratic. Obviously there is a disenfranchisement in the voting system. Either Inuit don’t care about NTI or we feel nothing will change the status quo. I’m inclined to go with the latter. Kanngunaq!

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  5. Posted by Arviammiut on

    7% turn out for Arviat. This election should have been postponed until lockdown was lifted, that would have been the right thing to do. Aluki hasn’t even bothered to help Arviammiut during covid. This pathetic turn out goes to show Inuit have no faith in NTI. NTI should be dismantled and power brought back to the regions. She is not my president.

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    • Posted by Tomas on

      It has already been postponed, who knows when Arviat will be covid free, hopefully it will be under control sooner then later.
      There are a few, not many that keep going out and visiting, playing, patik. Those ones will keep it going, majority are listening just a very few are not.

      It was the right thing to do for NTI to call the election, but they need to do a better job getting the information out, when and where to go vote. Advertise it better.

  6. Posted by articrick on

    Time to dismantle, majority of eligible voters had their say,

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    • Posted by Who said on

      Majority of eligible voters did not say anything, the majority of those that did vote had a say, a resounding one.

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      • Posted by articrick on

        17.5% resounding? Maybe try look at the bigger picture of why majority Inuit have no interest on why.

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        • Posted by who said on

          69% of that 17.5%, pretty resounding if you ask me

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          • Posted by articrick on

            I’m not proud of those numbers, a real reflexion of what this org represents, maybe a restructure and major downsizing should be the way they go. Enough of draining useful resources.

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    • Posted by voter on

      No vote no say, plain and simple. If you want change run for the position or go vote.
      By not voting you are silent.

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  7. Posted by Amaruq on

    Well, we will not hear from NTI again, we never hear from them since the Presidency of Aloki…was hoping we have A Stronger Voice for our people! Come on Nunavutmiut take part in Elections No Matter What!

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    • Posted by Optical Illusion on

      “Vote no matter what” is not a very convincing slogan when the candidates aren’t at all compelling.

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      • Posted by enough complaining and do something on

        Then run for the position, enough with the complaining if you will not vote or do anything about it.
        That is more of the problem here, people complaining and sitting on their ass and not doing anything about it.

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  8. Posted by You Deserve Her on

    Dear Inuit who are upset about QIA and the lack of accountability or funding from Baffinland: you no longer have any right to complain. No vote? No voice.

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  9. Posted by Just Saying on

    I believe that Aluki has strong opinions, of which I tend to agree with, but that’s all she has. I voted for her because I don’t believe you can accomplish much in one term. You have had your opportunities to voice your opinions, Aluki. It’s time to turn opinions into action. I question why you would only focus on our basic needs. Maybe it’s because you couldn’t even address those in your first term. I know my comments are probably somewhat confusing; I support you for a second term because I believe people deserve to have the chance to prove themselves, but I don’t have a lot of faith in you. Don’t just focus on the basic needs of our people. Aim higher and do better. Show us that NTI doesn’t just line the pockets of those who have the privilege of working there. Make a difference, and make this one count.

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  10. Posted by Eskimo Aurora on

    Congratulations!..Aloki, I hope you will prove wrong you’re doubters and people who are smearing your name. Most of these negative commenters really really wish they were you.😛 I wish you a good year in the middle of this chaotic time and may you be strong.🙂

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    • Posted by Caribou Hunter on

      17.5 % voter turnout is a strong silent message to politicians in any level and birthright corporations that people have lost their confidence in their campaign promises especially the cost living and housing shortage in Nunavut because no has been able to put any dent on those issues to this date.
      Please don’t use those items for campaigning in any elections in the future because we wont believe them anymore.

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  11. Posted by Helen Klengenberg on

    Congratulations to Aluki. 69% of voter turnout is nothing to snub at. People make comments, but are not willing to identify themselves especially when they have nothing positive to say. I have seen alot of change for the better in your reign Aluki, for example; taking the Territorial and Federal Government’s to task, as everyone should know NTI is not obligated to do anything other than their obligations under the land claim agreement. This NTI continues to do. If Governments are not complying with the claim, it cannot always be visible to the ordinary joe blow of NTI’s response, many times its done behind closed doors. So people, think about identifying yourself, and give facts about your statements.

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    • Posted by articrick on

      Don’t see the need in identifying people, other then to harrassment towards people that don’t think the way you do or the way you want people to think.

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    • Posted by Easy for you to say on

      Hi Helen;

      In regards to your r comments about anonymity, please remember that very few of us have a good name and the protective privileges that come from our social standing in Nunavut.

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      • Posted by Helen Klengenberg on

        Hiding behind your unfounded claims is easier to say, then having to justify your facts. Saying things you normally would not say to anyone face to face, its to me cowardly! The privilege of anonymity to save face, is like secretly hiding your true self to the world. Didn’t know you were that sinister!

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    • Posted by Northern Guy on

      Let’s be clear. She won 69% of the votes of the 17% of eligible voters who bothered to vote.

      • Posted by boris pasternak on

        at least she won by votes regardless the percentage. large or small turn out is still democratic process, to many trumpeters (trump) on this issue. what a joker, a real sore loser this old man with wig…. good try Andrew, conrats Akuli. having said that; too many relics in Nunavut. we have ran out of fresh approaches.

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  12. Posted by Northern Guy on

    17%, really!?! Not sure that is enough of a plurality of voters to actually assign a winner. Embarassing.

  13. Posted by Tom on

    I think people are forgetting that voter turn-out can be affected by a global pandemic.. it doesn’t allow for proper campaigning that can reach a large audience through typical means, and with the quality and scope of internet access across nunavut, I believe that plays a large part as to why the message did not reach the intended groups.

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