Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announced Wednesday it is seeking nominations for president until Aug. 18. Canada’s national Inuit organization will pick its president in a vote after its annual general meeting in September. (File photo)

ITK opens nominations for president

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to pick president in September

By Nunatsiaq News

The race is on to pick the leader of Canada’s national Inuit organization.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami will hold its presidential election in September, following its annual general meeting, the organization announced in news release Wednesday.

The date for the meeting has not been set.

Candidates running for president will be given 10 minutes to speak to members and delegates at the annual general meeting to explain why they should lead ITK for the next four-year term. If the meeting is held in person, candidates will be encouraged to make their comments in person. If the meeting is held virtually, they will make their case in videoconference or conference call, the release states.

Natan Obed has been ITK’s president since 2015. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named him to the independent panel that advised the prime minister on filling the Governor General’s vacancy. Trudeau picked Mary Simon, an Inuit leader and former ITK president herself, who started the job on Monday.

ITK’s president is selected by a vote among Inuit organizations, including Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Makivik Corp., Inuvialuit Regional Corp. and the Nunatsiavut government. Additionally, two delegates from each region and the vice-president of ITK vote for the president.

Inuit who are over the age of 18 are eligible to run for ITK president. They must either be nominated by the designated member representative from one of the Inuit organizations or write a letter describing their leadership experience, according to the election rules.

Candidates must get the signatures of 20 Inuit adults who support their bid.

The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Aug. 18.

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(25) Comments:

  1. Posted by hermann kliest on

    I would vote in for Nathan but i can’t, Inuit orgs wouldn’t let me. this position is very elitist, top Inuk pick by Inuit orgs bosses. why could it not coincide with NTI elections? that way, all of the eligible in Nunavut would have a say. I don’t know how the other Inuit jurisdictions would manage the voting but I think we need changes and with ICC votes as will when Canada’s term comes up. Without participation; why would or should I support ITK as a body?

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  2. Posted by eskimo joe on

    Most likely Nathan will get in again, I like the guy. Will get in again? Because Inuit orgs in Canada will be the only ones to make the selection; and we all know there is usually a lot of butt kissing when select few make a choice of the ITK top Inuk installation. Regardless Nathan, good luck again, may the twice be the charm…

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  3. Posted by Old timer on

    Time for a change on itk someone that will info Inuit on what is going on I never heard a thing for nathan yet .

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    • Posted by anonymous on

      I totally agree, someone that can speak both English, inuinakton or inuktitut; not only that but try resolve issues regarding homelessness, housing crisis, to name a few. Rather than making point about renaming a sports’ game which and making an issue out of it. Just saying.

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    • Posted by eskimo joe on

      true but at the same time, I would prefer to see a highly educated individual at this position, someone who is comfortable in English, how you you feel if somebody is conversing with the GG and PM; “it’s a good day eh?” “its good alright” a high school drop out……Someone who is not an AH, druggie, or drunk. i have seen and its very much in evidence that when somebody come to the post, they become unapproachable, very autocratic, AHs, like many we have now in Nunavut. Having /knowing IQ is 99% but having an diplomat is 99.9%

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      • Posted by Toonik’s Grandfather on

        Committed & honest employees outweigh highly educated everywhere (OFTEN), look around Eskimo Joe.

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  4. Posted by Corporatocracy on

    It really is time to stop calling this nomination process an election.

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    • Posted by Soothsayer on

      Indeed, this process is very 18th century and proto-democratic.

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  5. Posted by M Center on

    Wasn’t Natan originally a ITK Staff Member and end up Prez? If so cool. But was he initially “In” ITK as Voted in Capacity by being an Elected top representative of his Regional Inuit Organization (RIO’s) and as RIO President to sit on the ITK Board first to be eligible to run for Top Post.

    ITK then uses RIO Reps as Board to nominate and vote from amongst selves. I don’t know his Bio…but for clarification, was Natan a staff member to ITK Prez OR hold RIO President Role to be able to run for ITK Prez ? Or was he a Lab RIO voted to represent a town/community Representative in his RIO?, as the top R.I.O. sits on ITK, Top RIO’s Regional Reps sit on ITK to vote the ITK Prez.

    Simple question,”Was he a Regional RIO Regional President to be eligible to run?”, honest question and no conspiracy. Just want to ensure rules of procedures for nominations and voting within ITK Guidelines are well practiced.

    He has done well in his role but need clarification if he held a RIO Prez Title to eligible to be nominated and thus be able to be voted in following proper process or was there a rarely known “Loophole” for ITK Staff Member to Top ITK President requires clarification.

    Need more RIO to step up and push for democracy as Inuit have many positivity attributes and have a great future in near future in Ka-na-ta-mi.

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  6. Posted by Truestory on

    “Nunavummiut First” would be my slogan if I ran for the top position. Food security, housing, and other stuff y’all cry about Nunavummiut’s struggles would be on my top list. If you wannna run for this, you can take my beliefs and use it for the bettterment of Nunavummiut. If you think you can accomplice these, you have my vote.

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    • Posted by Think Nationally, Not Locally on

      That would be a very problematic slogan for a national organization, I can’t think of a quicker way to alienate non-Nunavut Inuit.

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      • Posted by Truestory on

        It’s time for Nunavummiut to come first. it has been too long that we are TRYING TO GO FORWARD. We need a strong reliable leader. The one who cares about Nunavummiut’s voters well being. And to take a staunch on going forward with Phase 2 expansion at B.I.M..

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    • Posted by eskimo joe on

      Never mind issues at the moment, it’s about time we have a proper as it has been in the last three yrs, a gentlemen, or a lady. this is a rare quality nowadays, when RIO bosses and other Inuit Org installations by any means take placed, after few months newly installed usually go wacko, drunk with power. a high life if I can say so. We need sobriety in all forms from top Inuks, someone who will not be drowned in power, someone who can manage money with little fundings Orgs receive annually. The would be King already has two sons, he does not need adopted boys and girls. So act like humans and your installation will be guaranteed year after year to the top posts.

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    • Posted by Truestory on

      As I see how Nunavut is run, I believe it’s time for us to take matters into our own hands and get things done. As I remember, when Nunavut became a reality, us Inuit would be first. I don’t see that yet.

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  7. Posted by WaVyInG. on

    ITK, we are on the Coronation and Victoria Island area. Planes come every day, all year if you want our vote.

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  8. Posted by Potato chip on

    Absolutely, not an election by the people, its an election by the top members. I had no choice but to accept this vote by my representative. S/he probably goes with the majority. We sure need a approachable, educated in both cultures, someone who will actually help Inuit, not just there for photo ops.

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    • Posted by I Don’t Understand on

      Both cultures? What does this mean?

      • Posted by Sabrina Sturman on

        Two ways of thinking…also limited…like black and white etc…may force be with all Inuit on this one and vote well when Territory and Feds do…many ways to get priorities up…email Trudeau…not so much…good luck and gow is landfill clean up in Iqaluit and pool??

  9. Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

    ITK President is open to anyone who wants the job. The Board (elected) reviews the applications (nominations) and votes to hire the employee. Simple as that.

    Perhaps someone can explain how the Board members are selected. I believe they are representative of the RIOs, but am not sure.

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    • Posted by eskimo joe on

      they are the RIO bosses elected in their own regions by the people and NTI boss is across Nunavut, these are the ppl who decide at their own little gatherings then they vote for a ITK boss, needless to say, any candidate who is not at their meeting have nil chance of getting the post…period. And if any candidate want to be at their meeting in person, he/she have to foot the bill to be seen by the elitist Inuit, it’s a very closed club and members all rake in over 250K per year, wow….old joe is at the wrong place at the right time, a stepping stone in an org where he works. you might say old joe is at the bottom of the totem pole.

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      • Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

        So Eskimo Joe. Please confirm for me. Education time for me.
        Is the President already a Board member and is nominated?
        Or, is he/she an employee who effectively picked by the Board and promoted to the position?
        Or, does anyone who wants the job, applies for the job and the Board selects from the apllicants?

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        • Posted by eskimo joe on

          anyone who wish to be elected will be elected (or install) by the RIOs bosses, NTI and and few other regional orgs in Canada, i.e Nunavik and Labrador, national Inuit women’s and few other inuit orgs. now Paul, if you are not an Inuk, you are not eligible to have you name stand as an wanna be top inuk. Although as non-Inuk, your taxes funds these Inuit orgs through the feds who funnel $$ to fund these many indigenous orgs. Old joe as example as wanting to be top Inuk (and rightly so) but he can’t, it’s too expensive for him to attend their elite gather to name a top Inuk, it could be in Inuvik, Iqaluit or is some far off scenic community that air fare is not possible to most ppl say like me…

          • Posted by eskimo joe on

            One more thing Paul; if you dare to sit at their meeting to make this selection as wanna be (but you cannot); as mentioned before, it is really an elitists’ club or an Elite Inuit’s club, you would (and will be alienated) feel an cold shoulder from many of the attendees. Or even a sneer…

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  10. Posted by chiefs on

    At least consider widening the appointing member. Who are they all anyway? Could be only 10 people.

  11. Posted by Toonik’s Grandfather on

    Come on Kivalliq.

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