Inuit leaders to attend Queen’s funeral in Canada’s delegation

Mary Simon, Natan Obed among representatives going to London for ceremony Monday

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed and Gov. Gen. Mary Simon are part of the Canadian delegation attending the Queen’s funeral Monday in London. (File photos by Corey Larocque and Jeff Pelletier)

By Nunatsiaq News

Two Inuit representatives will be part of Canada’s delegation attending the funeral of Queen Elizabeth in London on Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office announced.

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon and Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami will be among the Canadian representatives.

Other Indigenous members of the delegation include Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, and president of the Métis National Council Cassidy Caron.

Also among those attending will be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and former prime ministers Kim Campbell, Jean Chretien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper.

In Canada, the Queen’s funeral will be marked as a national day of mourning.

The Queen died Sept. 8, at the age of 96. She was Canada’s longest-serving Queen, reigning for 70 years.

She visited Nunavut once, in 2002. She also visited the area twice before it became a territory, in 1970 and 1994.

 

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(16) Comments:

  1. Posted by Bob E. Lee on

    Why is Natan Obed Inuit representative when Nunavut does not vote for ITK?

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      • Posted by Anguttialook on

        WHY ARE THE INUITS OR ANY NATIVE DELEGATION GOING TO THE FUNERAL OF A WOMEN..WHO GAINED BY COLONIALISM DIRECTLY..DID THIS GROUP FORGET THE HAVOC HER SUBJECTS WRECKED ON EVERY SHORE THEY LANDED ON…RESIDENCIAL SCHOOLS WAS HER LEGACY..STOLEN RESOURCES FROM EVERY COUNTRY THEY RAIDED BY PLUNDERING AND RAPING THE LAND AND DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE…SHORT MEMORIES FOLK WHEN SUITABLE…CHECK OUT HER LINEAGE…IT MAY SHOCK YOU

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        • Posted by Move on on

          It’s called moving on. No matter how much they took from us, there is no going back to our ancestors ways. All we can do is accept reality

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          • Posted by In Reality on

            In reality, a lot of what happened was your ancestors abandoning their traditional ways for what appeared to be an easier or more prosperous life.

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  2. Posted by Northern Inuit on

    I hope the good king will reimburse them for the trip. Why couldn’t a nice book of condolences do in this situation.

    Waste of time and money for this trip

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    • Posted by NUNAVIMIUK on

      Are you mad, Justin is not going to miss this big photo op .

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  3. Posted by Colonization? What’s your position? on

    I dont understand how ITK staff are not recognizing Monday as a holiday. But Natan goes to London for a trip?

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    • Posted by true dat! on

      Some people will only scream colonization when it suits them. Natan definitely do not need to be there. I can understand why Mary Simon is going there and the PM but every other politician who went on taxpayer’s dime are just in for a free trip.

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  4. Posted by Hip hip horray! on

    Blessed be her Majesty! Long may King Charles III continue to reign over us!

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    • Posted by What the…? you mean Rain? on

      Do you mean Rain over colonial service? or more Colonial system over the indigenous land… #LandBack

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      • Posted by Observation Post on

        The #Landback meme seems oddly placed in Nunavut, considering we have a modern land claims agreement. Maybe details like this matter less when compared to the exhilaration of intellectual fads and fashion.

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        • Posted by Crown Land… on

          For example, why do we (INUIT) need to apply for the land where we want to build our cabin, NUNAVUT, (Our Land) and we still need to apply to build our cabins ON OUR LAND….hmmmm fishy?

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          • Posted by Decolonoscopy on

            Because otherwise it is an unregulated, chaotic free for all, that no one wants.

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