Natan Obed acclaimed to 3rd term as ITK president

Head of national Inuit organization says this will be his last term

Obed speaking at the Arctic College on Aug. 4. He has been acclaimed to his third term as president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. (File photo by David Venn)

By Nunatsiaq News

Natan Obed has been acclaimed president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

He was the only person to complete the nomination process required to run for president, said a news release from ITK on Thursday.

This will be Obed’s third term, and his last. He recently told Nunatsiaq News he will not run again.

ITK is a non-profit organization that aims to represent the interests of Inuit across Canada.

During his time at the helm of ITK, Obed has overseen initiatives such as the launch of the National Inuit Health Survey, secured funding for an Inuit Nunangat university and released the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy.

Obed’s term will last four years.

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(24) Comments:

  1. Posted by Arctic Circle on

    Congratulations Obed, how long have you been ITK president? If you can at least say hi to people in smaller communities that would be beneficial, a lot of inuit don’t know who you are, make yourself virtually visible to Inuit, not just the federal ministers and priminister.

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    • Posted by Igunaq on

      If the G-G can made an effort to learn French, what is preventing you Natan from lifting a finger to learn Inuktut?

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      • Posted by M Center on

        Spot on! The irony eh? Had all this time to learn it too…

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  2. Posted by Nanette on

    Yep, who is this President and the board. Does he only stay in Ottawa? ITK board is so complacent, the President needs to be more like a servant-leader to Inuit, more transparent, approachable.

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    • Posted by Terry on

      No he travels to communities also, did you know it’s a huge area and many communities in the north where Inuit live? Many time zones, many different regions.
      One man can only go to so many communities especially during a pandemic. Plus he sets the bar high and works very hard, you can’t be as affective in your job if most of your time is spent flying somewhere.

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  3. Posted by Tom on

    Excellent news, Natan you have done a lot in your short time at ITK, the working relationship with the federal government has opened a lot of doors and opportunities.
    You work incredibly hard and are so dedicated to finding solutions for issues in Inuit Nungant , I am happy and excited to see another term for you , congratulations Natan!

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  4. Posted by chop chop chop on

    What’s next on the chopping block Eskimo Ice Fishing, Eskimo Dog Eskimo Pie. Or was the pie a victim already? Gone are the days when this organization did incredible work for Inuit. More of this offended mindset – woke-colonialist propaganda which does absolutely nothing for the betterment of Inuit as a whole. Yuck!

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    • Posted by Your funny on

      It’s funny some of you only think of the same thing that Natan brought up and did not spend much time on and ignore or not take the time to see all the other things Natan has done at ITK and for Inuit, some people just like complaining and no matter what you do it’s never good enough. You guys need to get a life.

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  5. Posted by Old timer on

    And no Eskimo tried on this job and were completing on the last post were people said time for change comeon Inuit

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  6. Posted by Forever Amazed on

    That is really too bad.
    There are better candidates out there.

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    • Posted by Who? on

      Like who? Natan is the best guy for the job, well educated, healthy, works incredibly hard, cares deeply, has the best interest for Inuit.
      You’re probably just stuck on the Eskimo name and Natan did not even spend much time on it or put much energy into it.
      Congratulations Natan! Keep up the great work.

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      • Posted by Really? on

        We’ll educated? Really? We’ve lowered the bar that much?

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    • Posted by Illia Kurijijakin on

      No, very few good men and women are taken by well paying jobs and organizations. and are taken Nunavut, its NTI we got to worry about. Lately they have been going off course, where does it say they would take on the responsibility of NG? Housing is national issue and I think NTI would find more use of what little spare funds they have, if NTI is having an affair with GN as bed partner, I would suggest they do it at the Dept of Education section, push or assist young Inuks at secondary learning or above. Far too many Nunavummiut are at the mercy of Social Services, charities and handouts , this has to stop. NTI cannot afford to handle housing crisis, this is the program for the banks and both levels of governments.

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      • Posted by Ken on

        NTI can only do so much, the housing crisis in Nunavut the GN has the responsibility and they receive billions per year from the Feds, why not focus your attention to the GN and start writing to them and talking with your MLA, housing minister and the Premier.
        The GN can definitely be doing much better in some many levels.

        • Posted by Hmmm…. on

          Why did the feds give NTI millions for housing, if they can only do so much, What are they doing with that money? Also, millions for TB and Covid. What has the money been used for?

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  7. Posted by oops on

    The beginning of his term he was a powerhouse, now hes just a formal greeter to Ottawa. gone are the days of ambition. at least he knows its not for him anymore instead of milking it dry like the old boys of 90’s and 00’s.

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  8. Posted by qikiqtaalummiu on

    first congratulations for running again as we did not have another represent. Time for change get things going enough learning. i agree with a point that the IQ principles need to be Listened closely and make better transparent action in favor of the people. Being ing hte Public EYE makes so much difference that you are in a roll the world is Looking at. Commitment is not waking up 9/5 it is making drastic decisions for the sake of the people..Sustainability is Key and having accessible in place for as remote as we are but we dont have to be to save hte environment.?

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  9. Posted by Pain In The Groen on

    I only know of a few people that can inspire others to achieve greatness. You are one of those people, Natan. Your drive and passion are infectious. Congratulations on your success. Don’t forget to take a moment to enjoy it!

    In a few years it will be curtain call, and the applause will be for you. What you have been able to achieve is phenomenal. The standing ovation represents only a fraction of the recognition you deserve. We couldn’t have been more impressed. Well done!

    It’s one thing to have dreams, but it’s another to take action and turn those dreams into a reality. You are not only a dreamer, you are a doer. Watching you achieve this goal fills my heart. Congratulations on your acclamation!

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  10. Posted by Congratulations on

    Congratulations to Nathan.
    Acclaimed show lack of interest in ITK. ITK has been irrelevent a long time now.

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    • Posted by Sam on

      Obviously you do not know too much about ITK, it works very closely with the federal government and they have successfully lobbied the federal government for more studies, funding and partnerships with Inuit organizations and territory governments.
      Try keeping up to date and a bit of research before commenting.

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  11. Posted by Truestory on

    I feel like nuthin’ has changed in Nunavut. Only thing I noticed is that he took a real First Nation’s word and made it into a “Insulting” word. I guess we all have to get rid of the word “Eskimo” now since he’s in power mode again. But, this here ESKIMO is proud to be an ESKIMO. And you “politically correct Inuit” should embrace being an ESKIMO instead of being ashamed of your background.

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  12. Posted by Jay Arnakak on

    Thank you, Natan, for your resolve and commitment to continue to help your fellow Inuit and Inuit Nunangat.

    Your position is important because things tend to get lost or forgotten in transit from us to the national discourse. The fact that your position is highly constrained politically and in terms of program delivery shows how much collaboration and joint-management you are willing to assume to carry out our national agenda, such as it is sometimes. Qujannamiik.

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  13. Posted by John W Paul Murphy on

    Interesting how the Inuktitut syllabics version of this story has NO comments. Is that because the east does not care anymore?

    Also Nunatsiaq. I may be wrong, but, Do you not write the news in Inuinnaqtun? Where can my unilingual Inuinnaq friends find the news relative to the North if not from your paper?

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