Veteran James Eetoolook re-elected once more as Inuit org VP
Kitikmeot Inuit voters re-elect Stanley Anablak as association president
The veteran Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. vice-president, James Eetoolook, has been re-elected to yet another term as second-in-command at Nunavut’s Inuit birthright organization.
The election, held on Dec. 10, was delayed when polls in Gjoa Haven and Arctic Bay closed due to bad weather.
Unofficial results posted Dec. 12 show Eetoolook won with 68 per cent of ballots cast, or 2,399 votes.
The only other candidate, Peter Ohokanoak, finished with 31.7 per cent or 1,117 votes.
The results remain unofficial, however, as NTI waits for a final vote count from its poll in Cambridge Bay.
Eetoolook, who’s from Taloyoak, started as a director with the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut and has served as vice-president since the 1990s.
Recount confirms Lucassie as Iqaluit QIA community director
Regional Inuit organizations also hosted elections on Dec. 10, and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association held elections for community directors in six communities.
But final results from that election were delayed as well, due to a tight race in Iqaluit, where candidates Steven Polee Lucassie and Jesse Mike finished with just a few votes separating them.
A recount confirmed on Dec. 12 that Lucassie won that election with 170 votes—just nine more than Mike received.
The following candidates were also elected as QIA community directors:
• Mike Jaypoody in Clyde River
• Abraham Qamaaniq in Hall Beach
• Moses Appaqaq in Sanikiluaq
• Johnny Malaiya Kublu in Igloolik
• Charlie Inuarak in Pond Inlet
P.J. Akeeagok was acclaimed for a second term as QIA president, and Tommy Akavak was acclaimed as community director for Kimmirut.
Kitikmeot Inuit Association president re-elected
Inuit voters in the Kitikmeot region re-elected their incumbent president, Stanley Anablak, on Dec. 10.
Anablak, first elected in 2015, took 503 votes, beating Bob Aknavigak, Vivienne Aknavigak and George Sonny Porter.
Jeannie Evalik was elected that day as KIA’s vice-president of social and cultural development. Evalik drew 352 votes, ahead of two other candidates, Darlene Metuituk and Joe Tulurialuk.
Inuit voters in the Kitikmeot region also elected four community board members to KIA’s board of directors:
• Johnny Kootook in Taloyoak
• Raymond Quqshuun Sr. in Gjoa Haven
• Tars Angutingunirk in Kugaaruk
• Peter Taktogon in Kugluktuk