Former MLA Elisapee Sheutiapik joins Pauktuutit board
Longtime politician is 1 of 2 additions to leadership of Inuit women’s organization
A longtime Iqaluit politician as well as a recent Nunavut Arctic College graduate are the two newest members of the Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada board.
Pauktuutit, a national organization which advocates for Inuit women, announced in a news release Friday that Elisapee Sheutiapik and Iselena Natsiapik will serve on the board until the organization’s next annual general meeting in 2024.
Sheutiapik served as mayor of Nunavut’s capital from 2003 to 2010 and represented the Iqaluit-Sinaa riding in Nunavut’s legislative assembly from 2017 to 2021. She served in cabinet during that time as minister of family services and minister responsible for homelessness, poverty reduction and the status of women.
Sheutiapik has a history with Pauktuutit as the organization’s former president from 2010 to 2014. On the board, she now represents Iqaluit.
Natsiapik, who is also from Iqaluit, is the appointed youth member representing Inuit Nunangat.
She is a recent Inuit studies graduate from Nunavut Arctic College.
Sheutiapik and Natsiapik join the 14-member board, consisting of members from all of the Inuit regions.
“We are certain that the new appointees will be strong additions to our leadership team, and we welcome them to the organization,” Pauktuutit president Gerri Sharpe said in the release.