Former MLA Elisapee Sheutiapik joins Pauktuutit board

Longtime politician is 1 of 2 additions to leadership of Inuit women’s organization

Elisapee Sheutiapik and Iselena Natsiapik of Iqaluit are the newest members of Pauktuutit’s board. (File photo/Photo courtesy of Pauktuutit)

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by TGC on

    Courage women, It is the enabling Virtue, Without which/it all other Virtues are empty.

  2. Posted by ? on

    ? what?

  3. Posted by youth inuk on

    1. Way to go Elisapee. Good choice.

    2. ‘youth’ rep? This is supposed to be a youth rep position. This is the responsibility of the board that needs to re evaluate. youth have no rep in an adult taking their place

  4. Posted by Not again! on

    What in the world is Pauktuutit thinking bringing her back on the board? She and the late ED shook up the place and let go so many great Inuit talent as well as the President then, Rhoda Inuskhuk. That was a concerted effort for Elisapie to become president-it was a sneaky move. After that it was pure hell for so many working there! There has hardly been Inuit staff there and most managerial positions are going to non-Inuit. Elisapie has quit every single position she has ever help in public office. This is so disappointing on so many levels.


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