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NEWS: Nunavik January 12, 2018 - 3:29 pm

Makivik’s two-term president looks to a third

If re-elected, Jobie Tukkiapik said education and land rights are priorities

SARAH ROGERS
Jobie Tukkiapik is looking for a third term as Makivik president, in order to oversee a regional education audit and efforts to expand Nunavik's Category 1 lands. (HANDOUT PHOTO)
Jobie Tukkiapik is looking for a third term as Makivik president, in order to oversee a regional education audit and efforts to expand Nunavik's Category 1 lands. (HANDOUT PHOTO)

Jobie Tukkiapik, Makivik Corp.’s incumbent president, says he needs another term in office to tackle education reform and land rights in Nunavik.

Tukkiapik, first elected as head of Nunavik’s Inuit birthright organization in 2012, said Makivik made important strides in addressing the region’s housing shortage and restructuring the organization with the launch of the Nuvitti Development Corp. in 2017.

But those achievements have made way for new projects and goals, Tukkiapik said.

“When I first ran, I didn’t necessarily see myself running for a third term, but education and identity emerged as overarching issues,” he said.

“There’s a lot of work to do on the quality of education in the region.”

In 2017, Nunavik’s school board, Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, revealed that Secondary 5 students were not receiving Quebec diplomas upon the completion of their studies.

That spurred calls for change; Tukkiapik lobbied for an audit of the region’s education system—something Quebec has tentatively agreed to but has yet to embark on.

Makivik has moved to create an internal education working group to work alongside that audit when it happens, and Tukkiapik hopes to be with Makivik to monitor its progress.

Improving the quality of education for Nunavimmiut youth is a “high priority,” said Tukkiapik, whose own children are studying at the secondary and post-secondary level.

Tukkiapik also wants to see another project realized; an increase in the amount of Category 1 lands in Nunavik—a request Makivik has made to the Quebec government.

Category 1 lands are lands reserved exclusively for use among Inuit, roughly 8,150 square kilometres, which were allotted to Nunavik’s communities under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.

“But the ownership of land is rather small compared to other land claim agreements that came afterward,” Tukkiapik noted.

In Nunavik, for example, Category 1 lands amount to about two square kilometres per person, while under Nunavut’s land claim, Category 1 lands amount to about 16 square kilometres per person.

The desire to see more land ownership emerged from Parnasimautik, a region-wide consultation that resulted in a blueprint for the region, often dubbed Plan Nunavik.

A regional lands committee is still working to identify the parcels of lands which Nunavik hopes to see converted to Category 1, Tukkiapik said.

With the 2017 creation of Nuvviti, an arms-length development corporation to oversee the day-to-day operations of Makivik’s subsidiaries and its joint ventures and help grow its investments, Tukkiapik said he’s had much more time to look at Nunavik’s social needs.

“That to me is huge,” he said.

Tukkiapik said he’s also optimistic the federal government will deliver on new social housing for the region this year.

Although the region continues to negotiate a new five-year tripartite housing agreement, Tukkiapik said the 2016 federal investment of $50 million for new social housing built a record number of homes in the region.

And Tukkiapik said the federal government has suggested the region will see another $50 million for housing this year.

“We’ve made headway with the federal government in convincing them that it’s not only building social housing; it’s also building an economy for Inuit,” he said, noting the creation of local jobs and contracts for local construction companies.

If elected to a third term, Tukkiapik also hopes to turn more of his attention to cultural programming like language promotion and on-the-land activities for Nunavimmiut families.

“Over my lifetime, fewer families are going out to spend time on the land,” he said. “And that is a key thing to our identity as Inuit.”

Four other candidates are running for Makivik’s top job: Charlie Watt, Lucy Grey, Jackie Williams and Alasie Arngak.

Nunavik Inuit will elect Makivik’s new president on Jan. 18, when local polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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(12) Comments:

#1. Posted by Nunavik First on January 13, 2018

you get my vote jobie Tukkiapik!  you only one who got experience and honest to make things right for beneficiaries so far after 6 years no bad stories about bonuses and no house on the lake like when charlie was president i like what you done

#2. Posted by Victor on January 14, 2018

Not mine. Crap job creating a replacement for AMI + shutting down pensions plans people worked for as part of their employment. No not for me at all. Turned Makivik into a KRG - subservient to the provincial and federal governments is not the right path.

#3. Posted by Jimmy on January 15, 2018

I met President Jobie before and he is a good man. I will vote him for President. His positions are right. Education, a better land deal and continue to restructuring makivik so that he and the other executives can spend their time on fixing these issues for Inuit. Jobie deserve our support again.

#4. Posted by Nunavik voter on January 15, 2018

I will vote for him agian ,he is upfront unlike the other people , with thier back room dealings , bonus and jetset life.

#5. Posted by Victor on January 16, 2018

Hearing him campaign over the FM yesterday one felt like calling in to mention the KSB elections were a few weeks back.

I think he actually feels he was voted in the first go round, rather than the other guy getting voted out. Heck I would have voted for a broom stick against the other guy after this little gem http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/a-tiny-airline-with-really-big-bonuses/ among other things.

This brings us to Jobie, who not only was voted in to get rid of the other guy, but then went on to put the other guy in charge of our regional airline, while turning over control of 1st Air to the other guys big brother. Then to top that off, he abdicates any responsibility for this, by setting up the Makivik group of Companies so that he will not have oversight on their goings on. This to me is the real scandal of two terms.

No vote from me for this.

#6. Posted by Nunavik First on January 16, 2018

#5 (Victor): so are you saying then that the person that wins should fire the head of air inuit and 1st air?  the article you posted says nothing about jobie t. so how can he be blame for what happened when he was not the president then?

& then what about charlie watt? I saw in the other article about senator charlie on nunatsiaq how he had big troubles too when he was pres but i’ve never seen anything bad about jobie.

just have look at pages 19, 20 & 21 on here:  https://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/papers-2006/Widdowson.pdf

i still remember that macleans story about charlie watt but can’t find it on google anymore.  if someone has it, they should share the story coz the same guy is trying to be president again.

the other candidates i see on facebook but nothing but big ideas nothing real

#7. Posted by Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words on January 16, 2018

#6—Here is the article from Macleans:

https://imgur.com/a/Ie1ZA

#8. Posted by Victor on January 16, 2018

#6 (Nunavik First - Whoever you are)

I think having been on the receiving end of a firing from the “other guy” for doing several years of charity work, you know the answer to the first question you pose.

In fact I thought we the electorate already fired him, but in an incredible lack of leadership by Jobie and a total disregard for those who put their “X” beside his name to remove the other guy, he than puts the other guy in charge of another airline - much like putting a fox in charge of a hen house.

Oh and I am not blaming Jobie for those indiscretions, but I do hold him accountable for keeping the other guy in play.

As for the “fake news” put out by the other guy to win against M. Watt back in the day - the house in question was still the property of Makivik and could have been easily sold for a profit had the decision makers of the day showed any spine.

No Jobie is not the guy of leadership.

#9. Posted by Victor on January 16, 2018

#6 (NF)....BTW Jobie had to wait until Inuit women were being found dead around the city of Montreal, before realizing the severity of the problems faced by Inuit in the South ....

#10. Posted by Nunavik First on January 16, 2018

#8 (victor - Whoever you are)

i think you make some good points but i just trying to understand what you mean should the new makivik president fire the head of air inuit & 1st air? so whoever wins on thursday you want the president of makivik to fire them?

i’m not sure who will win & i think it’s tough decision i happy that we all can vote but i don’t think jobie did nothing wrong so far that i can tell.

fake news?  meaning russia did it? haha.  i think this article was around now for a while i remember it & it is not just the house it is all the conflicts that the writer s cameron said in the story. 

Number 7 thanks for finding it just read it again & it shows real problems inuit need to know

#11. Posted by Victor on January 16, 2018

#10 (nf) Sad that you’re fixated on my humble rants, rather than looking facts in the face such as, under Jobie the reward for massive financial shenanigans is to get a slightly smaller revenue stream to play with, including even less “public oversight” on the inner workings to ensure no new misuse of powers and the reward for a fired volunteer charity worker is to have your pension blown up.

Na… Not gonna vote for Jobie.

#12. Posted by Victor on January 16, 2018

Oh and not to be too morbid about it, but also waiting for bodies to start piling up before even noticing there is a problem to be dealt with by southern located Inuit.

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