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NEWS: Nunavut June 13, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Inuit org’s vice-president to lead board of directors until December

Larry Audlaluk to serve as QIA interim president until members vote for new leader

PETER VARGA
Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s lead board members get under way at a meeting in Iqaluit on June 4. The association decided this month that vice-president Larry Audlaluk, right, will take on president Okalik Eegeesiak’s role in an interim capacity when she leaves the association on July 24. Secretary-treasurer Joe Attagutaluk, left, will be interim vice-president until Dec. 31. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)
Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s lead board members get under way at a meeting in Iqaluit on June 4. The association decided this month that vice-president Larry Audlaluk, right, will take on president Okalik Eegeesiak’s role in an interim capacity when she leaves the association on July 24. Secretary-treasurer Joe Attagutaluk, left, will be interim vice-president until Dec. 31. (PHOTO BY PETER VARGA)

Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s vice-president, Larry Audlaluk, will serve as interim president from July 25 through to the end of the year.

The new president will be decided in the QIA’s next board elections, Dec. 8, and be sworn in at the start of 2015.

Audlaluk, who has served as vice-president since December 2013 and interim vice-president for six months before that, will replace Okalik Eegeesiak after she leaves for a new job as international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council.

Audlaluk will return to the position of vice-president after the December elections, QIA’s executive director, Navarana Beveridge, told Nunatsiaq News June 13.

QIA’s secretary-treasurer, Joe Attagutaluk, will take on the additional role of interim vice-president on July 25, and serve until Audlaluk takes back his position as vice-president.

Elections for president and seven other positions on QIA’s board of directors will take place Dec. 8.

All election candidates must fill out nomination papers in a two-week period, Oct. 20 to Nov. 3, according to QIA.

The Inuit association’s 16-member board includes 13 seats for each of the Qikiqtani region’s communities, as well as the president, vice-president, and secretary-treasurer. The board meets twice a year, usually in spring and fall.

Audlaluk had served on the QIA board as community director for Grise Fiord when he was appointed interim vice-president in June 2013.

He won a full mandate for the position in an election last Dec. 9, earning 38 per cent of votes in a four-way race.

Attagutaluk has served as the association’s secretary-treasurer for more than a decade.

The outgoing president announced her departure during the QIA’s last board of directors meeting, June 3 to 6 in Iqaluit.

“I’m going with mixed feelings,” Eegeesiak told Nunatsiaq News at the meeting, adding that she is “excited” about taking on her new role with the ICC, where she will serve as spokesperson to the 150,000 Inuit of Greenland, Canada, Alaska and Russia.

“I am proud of QIA accomplishments,” she said in a news release at the close of the board meeting, June 6. “I look forward to continuing to work with Inuit jurisdictions in my new role.”

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