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NEWS: Nunavut July 04, 2014 - 7:01 am

Nunavut Tunngavik to host vice president election this winter

Two vice president positions to be rolled into one

Nancy Karetak-Lindell, pictured here in Arviat ahead of Nunavut's 2013 territorial election, will serve as chief returning officer to NTI's vice-president elections this winter. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Nancy Karetak-Lindell, pictured here in Arviat ahead of Nunavut's 2013 territorial election, will serve as chief returning officer to NTI's vice-president elections this winter. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. will hold an election to fill two vacant or expiring vice-president positions at the end of the year, the organization announced this past week.

But pending approval at NTI’s general meeting this fall, eligible Nunavut Inuit beneficiaries will elect just one new full-time vice-president.

That’s because NTI’s board of directors has approved a change that would see the organization’s two vice-president positions rolled into one.

James Eetoolook currently serves as a vice president. NTI’s other vice-president, Jack Anawak, resigned his position last fall to run in the 2013 territorial election.

The new vice-president at NTI will be a full-time job, the organization said, and serve on the organization’s board of directors and executive committee.

The vice-president must also chair two NTI board committees, including the Inuit Social and Cultural Development Advisory committee and the Inuit Wildlife and Environment Advisory Committee.

A former Liberal MP for Nunavut, Nancy Karetak-Lindell, will serve as chief returning officer for the Dec. 8 election.

Karetak-Lindell will issue an official notice of election at the end of the nomination period, which runs Oct. 27 – Oct. 31. Nomination forms will be available through NTI’s website.

Eligible candidates and voters must be Canadian citizens, at least 16 years of age and enrolled under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

Changes approved at NTI’s annual general meeting in October 2013 now require candidates to submit an original criminal records check when they submit their nomination papers.

The records check must be completed after July 27, to ensure it is recent.

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(20) Comments:

#1. Posted by Crystal Clarity on July 04, 2014

Point of interest…..The VP job is now a fulltime job. Although it is unlikely a 16 or 17 year old would run or be elected to this position hypothetically at least if one did get in NTI would be in conflict with Nunavut law which staes children must be fulltime students until the age of eighteen or until they graduate from grade 12. I hope one runs just to see how they would deal with that.

#2. Posted by Finally! on July 04, 2014

It’s about time, NTI.

Convince me about the previous lunacy of having the 3 RIA Presidents who were only elected regionally sit on the NTI Board and not the territorially elected 2 Vice-Presidents?

Never made sense.  RIAs take their reason for existence from NTI yet they sit on the Board and make territorial policy but the ones we elect for NTI didn’t?  Duhhh.

That is crazy.  How can we vote for people as V-Ps who have no salary or benefits and no Board seat?

Who let this go on for so long?

Kick off those other Presidents - they are in direct conflict of interest and put on your V-P full-time.

Beneficiaries want people who can work full-time on the health and social issues and wildlife, not Presidents who just speechify then go home to their other regional jobs.

#3. Posted by Qanu??? Pijujjaugaluaqpaa!?! on July 04, 2014

NTI is becoming like little KID’s politic’s; do this! do that! wanna do that but cannot appear to do it!

- Open any position’s! fullfilled such as; administration/CEO’s positions but end up appear pretty lost’s or just cannot seem/appear to do it’s work ethic! good example a number of HTO secretary-manager’s… and a number of DIO employee’s.

- There should be some sense of internal study possibly how NTI or DIO’s can get there childish act together to make a LITLLE more sense to incorporate some (little bit but not much) some sense of direction that possibly can benefit sustainability (modern term)... too bad family politic’s come into internal affair in the workplace… too bad! soo sad! blah! blah! blah!

#4. Posted by Nunavut Observer on July 04, 2014

#1 that is an excellent point, although it is extremely unlikely that a 16 or 17 year old would get elected. Problem is, in Nunavut you never know. All kinds of strange people get elected to positions they are not qualified for.

IMHO it was a huge mistake to lower the NTI voting age to 16. Teenagers have no knowledge and no interest in land claim implementation issues and hardly any of them vote anyway, which is why the NTI and RIA voter turnout numbers are so low.

It was Jose Kusugak that brought this in and it was one of his silliest ideas. That is saying a lot because that man had a lot of silly ideas. Raise the voting age to 21 and remove all those thousands of youth who don’t vote anyway.

#5. Posted by sheriff john stone on July 04, 2014

this makes sense; one vice prez would eliminate lot of $$$ waste in so many ways, rio bosses appeared to have been lost and cannot make it back to common people. i.e. kia in kiv, their web site say rankin inlet is regions’ capital; since when? read their agm financial statements (if you can get hold of one) this tells lot of waste and what there are up too as organization.

#6. Posted by Observer on July 04, 2014

You don’t have to raise the voting age, and can still deal with the issue. There are jurisdictions where you can vote at one age but can’t serve in office until you are older.

In the US, for example, the voting age is 18, but to be a Representative in Congress you have to be 25, to be a Senator 30, and to be President 35.

All NTI would have to do is say that a requirement to be eligible to run for president or vice-president is that they are of the age of majority in Nunavut, and thus legally considered an adult (and do things such as sign legal documents) under the law. That’s 19 years old.

#7. Posted by Peter Ivalu on July 04, 2014

@#6 The majority of Nunavut residents are under the age of 16. If we make the argument that the candidate has to be in the ‘age of majority’ category, we might have to lower the age limit. Why not just change the voting age to 19? Anyway, about time NTI for finally getting rid of that useless, high-cost position. Maybe we’ll see another change to the NTI board structure in another twenty years. Can’t wait until then.

#8. Posted by Grow up on July 04, 2014

#4 poster, you cannot pin this on Mr Kusugak who had and has worked all his adult life to better the life of us Inuit.  those were not silly ideas, they were to give our young people a voice as they are the future care takers of our claims.  please show some dignity and not point finger at someone who has left us.  this is sad.

#9. Posted by Observer on July 04, 2014

#7, “Age of majority” doesn’t mean the age of the majority of the population, it means the age a person a person has to be to be legally considered an adult for most things.

“Age of minority” is someone who is younger than that, thus why someone not an adult is called a “minor”.

In Nunavut, the age of majority is 19.

#10. Posted by You see that GN? on July 04, 2014

Did you take note of that Government of Nunavut? NTI now requires CRIMINAL RECORD CHECKS for those who wish to become elected officials!!!!  Follow suit already.

#11. Posted by sid on July 05, 2014

You mean to tell me that Jack Anawak and James Eetoolook worked as Vice-Presidents at NTI all that time with no salary or benefits?
Wow wish our other politicians were like that.  Maybe these guys got a few days honorarium but I bet it didn’t cover all the time they put in.
Maybe we should give them a real thanks for caring so much and for the service they gave us.
I and my family say thank you Jack and James.

#12. Posted by Denise Bélanger on July 05, 2014

“Every situation has a funny side to it. We owe it to our soul and spirit to laugh and see the sunny side of life.”  Jose Kusugak.

To #4 a Nunavut observer: Yes, I can laugh and visualize your empty, blowing, bag of wind comment.

#13. Posted by Crystal Clarity on July 05, 2014

#11 it was only since Towtongie became president that the exorbitant salaries were put on hold. Now they only get paid when they are actually conducting NTI business.Before that they were raking it in big time…salary and benefits, honorarium and bonuses, travel claims, etc…LOL….don’t be too thankful. That’s probably why one bailed and the other won’t be running again.

#14. Posted by Get rid of NTI and QIA on July 06, 2014

Agree with post # 10. These Inuit organizations have become a joke. They spend millions of dollars of “beneficiary money” for lawsuits and are receiving IIBA dollars. Staff at NIT are clique personnel.

#15. Posted by Nothing To Inuit (NTI) on July 06, 2014

While other Inuit in other parts of Canada are running airlines, shipping lines and providing employment to their fellow Inuit.  I have tried to vote for this sinking ship to try and realize a benefit to my fellow Inuks and nothing.

The full time President for Nothing To Inuit is never seen around Iqaluit where she is suppose to have a full time office.

I will take a pass until we can vote for a new President.

#16. Posted by Charlie on July 07, 2014

Is it because two heads are better than one that we have vice president and 2nd vice president, wish USA and others can have 2 vice presidents.

#17. Posted by eskimo joe on July 07, 2014

#11, no need to thank them, all that travel; airlines tickets honoraria and related expenses ate lot of nti $$$. with this new approach, at least the spending and cost would be transparent. and on the light side, I hope there’ll be new blood running against either one of them (will jack’s gone for good), after twenty years (maybe more?), what ideas can someone bring in now to nti (nothing to inherit).

#18. Posted by record on July 07, 2014

For the record, no one bailed and we do not know if the other one isn’t running

Mr. Anawak resigned to run in the Territorial election to serve in a different capacity and Mr. Eetoolook’s term is coming to an end

Be sure to do your homework before you speak

#19. Posted by eskimo joe on July 08, 2014

ain’t you fussy #18, damn the two anyway, I say they’re washed up. show me some substances other than everything been given away under their leadership, royalties, land and others we may not be aware of as regular eskimos. hunter support didn’t have to be shelved if royalties were used for this rather than what…

#20. Posted by jimi on July 08, 2014

#13, her salary was only temporarily decreased. I assure yo it went right back up by the following pay week. She is now renting a 4 bedroom in Iqaluit from an ex mla for thousands of dollars a month. she is only there for very short periods of time. Must be nice to get all that rent money TC.

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