Three candidates to contest Kivalliq Inuit Association presidency

Incumbent David Ningeongan will face Stanley Adjuk and Kono Tattuinee

On Dec. 9, David Ningeongan will try to win his third election to the presidency of the Kivalliq Inuit Association. This time, he’s facing Stanley Adjuk of Whale Cove and Kono Tattuinee of Arviat. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

(Updated Nov. 13, 9 a.m.)

David Ningeongan of Rankin Inlet, who’s held the presidency of the Kivalliq Inuit Association since December 2011, will face two challengers in an election to be held this Dec. 9 throughout the Kivalliq region.

In that election, eligible Inuit beneficiaries in the region will choose from among three candidates: Ningeongan, plus Stanley Adjuk of Whale Cove and Kono Tattuinee of Arviat.

After winning his first election for the KivIA presidency in 2011, Ningeongan was re-elected to the position in December 2015.

His tenure as elected leader of the organization covers a period of rapid industrial development in the Kivalliq region that includes the opening of Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine gold mine near Rankin Inlet, and the start of satellite mining operations on the Amaruq property near the Meadowbank mine.

The names of the presidential candidates are on a list of accepted nominated candidates released Nov. 4 by chief returning officer Nancy Karetak-Lindell.

Another vacant executive position at KivIA will be filled by acclamation: Donna Adams of Rankin Inlet, the only candidate nominated for the position, will serve as the organization’s secretary-treasurer.

Under the organization’s bylaws, Adams, as a director, will serve a three-year term, like all other directors.

But the person elected as president will serve a four-year term.

Eligible Kivalliq region beneficiaries in three communities will also go to the polls to elect community directors.

In a fourth community, Chesterfield Inlet, Peter Sr. Kattegatsiak has won the community director position by acclamation. That’s because candidate Simeonie Sammurtok has withdrawn.

The list of candidates for community directors is as follows:

David Kuksuk
Tony Uluadluak

Baker Lake
Angela Cook
Thomas Elytook
James Taipanak

Chesterfield Inlet
Peter Sr. Kattegatsiak (Acclaimed)

Coral Harbour
Hannah Angutialuk
Solomon Nakoolak
Paul Pudlat

The chief returning officer says that anyone who believes a candidate is not eligible must provide the returning officers with a written notice before 4 p.m., Nov. 7, 2019.

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

• 16 years of age or older as of Dec. 9, 2019.

• A beneficiary of the Nunavut Agreement.

• A resident of the Kivalliq region for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election day.

An advance poll will be held Dec. 2 and mobile polls will be held Dec. 3 to Dec. 6.

You can reach the chief returning officer, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, at 204-583-5493 or at

An earlier version of this story reported that two candidates were running for the community director position in Chesterfield Inlet. However, one candidate has since withdrawn and Peter Sr. Kattegatsiak has won the seat by acclamation.

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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Thinking rock on

    Somehow get the feeling this will be a who cares election.
    Liberals drastically reduced polar bear numbers over in Nunavit. Also driving hard to increase sky-high carbon tax, which will guarantee to crash, and end development (mines) in Kivalliq/Nunavut. All in the name keeping climate warming change fraud alive.
    Sadly; Nunavut is NDP, (end fossil fuels by 2030). GN Environment department dictated by non-elected NGO, WWF. Power Corp president all in for expensive green energy.
    Will the KIA president stand up against all of this nonsense?
    The last thing Nunavut needs are local destabilized power grid, unreliable power, increase blackouts during deep freeze and blizzards. Plus, whopper increases in power rates. Million $$$ wind turbines but no housing. Purposely kept poor.
    Liberals pushing a free trade deal with China. If China agrees it means China gets to send its workers to work on Canadian projects. Ponder that!
    Does Kivalliq want to be self sufficient or rot? Be development restricted, dictatorship and controlled poor under NDP/Liberals?
    Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba talking exiting Canada. Kivalliq must start discussing if to join. Roads, jobs, future development.
    Kivalliq can be a powerhouse, but will the KIA president wimp it all away?

  2. Posted by Witheld on

    I’ll vote for the person who is willing to put cash in the hands of beneficiaries

  3. Posted by Inuk on

    Why do some Inuit expect free money for doing nothing? That is not a healthy way, expecting handouts. It will never happen, stop being entitled.
    Instead take on a trade, get a college or University degree and work for it.
    This stuff about free money will never happen.

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