Sheutiapik resigns as Pauktuutit president
"I have submitted my resignation to move on with a new chapter in my life”
Elisapee Sheutiapik is stepping down as president of Canada’s national Inuit women’s organization, Pauktuutit.
In a Sept. 24 news release, the former mayor of Iqaluit and co-owner of popular coffee shop, the Grind and Brew, said she’s “greatly enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the direction and growth of Pauktuutit.”
“But I have submitted my resignation to move on with a new chapter in my life,” Sheutiapik said.
Sheutiapik took over as interim president of Pauktuutit in 2009 following the removal of Rhoda Innuksuk from the position.
Sheutiapik pointed out highlights during her three-year tenure as president, which included developing a 10-year strategic plan to tackle issues such as violence and abuse prevention, health, and socio-economic development.
Pauktuutit praised Sheutiapuk for spearheading initiatives which include:
• Dallaire roundtable on the commercial exploitation of children;
• Inuit delegation to the 2011 Forum on Violence Against Aboriginal Women in Vancouver, B.c.;
• Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s representation nationally on the Violence Against Aboriginal Women Forum; and
• Violence against aboriginal women sub-committee of the provincial/territorial Aboriginal Affairs Working Group.
For now, Rececca Kudloo of Baker Lake, the vice-president of Pauktuutit, will step in as interim president until the organization’s board of directors meets sometime in September.
Kudloo previously served as interim president of Qulliit, Nunavut’s status of women council and as vice-president of the Northwest Territories’ status of women council.
“Pauktuutit has always been very important to me, and I look forward to meeting new and emerging challenges such as the impacts of resource extraction in our communities,” Kudloo said.
Paukuutit plans on starting a project in the fall aimed at highlighting the effects of mining projects on women, something they say is an unknown.
“We will continue to address violence and abuse prevention, and the range of health and wellness priorities of Inuit women and their families,” Kudloo said.
Pauktuutit will also seek a representative for Iqaluit following Sheutiapik’s departure, the Pauktuutit news release said.