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NEWS: Around the Arctic June 06, 2012 - 9:00 am

Photo: ITK president speaks June 6 at AGM in Kuujjuaq

JANE GEORGE

"Our abiding goal is to change Inuit Nunangat and Canada for the better," says Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Mary Simon in her president's speech at the organization's June 6 annual general meeting in Kuujjuaq, as Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada president Duane Smith listens. But that hasn't been easy this year, with cutbacks to ITK's federal funding that meant nine workers were laid off. Simon said she was "pleased that Inuit are starting to talk more openly about mental health. It's important to lift the stigma on mental illness. We should be able to talk about depression just as easily as having a broken leg," said Simon, who has been an advocate for more openness about mental illness. On June 6, ITK board members will select a successor to Simon, who has served two terms as president. Read more about the ITK meeting and vote later on Nunatsiaqonline.ca. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

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