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NEWS: Nunavik December 09, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Two Makivik Corp. positions up for election

Makivik Corp. will get new treasurer, as long-time treasurer decides not to run for re-election

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Johnny Peters, Makivik’s long-time vice-president for resource development, speaks here at a Kuujjuaq mining workshop held earlier this year. Peters is running for re-election next month. (FILE PHOTO)
Johnny Peters, Makivik’s long-time vice-president for resource development, speaks here at a Kuujjuaq mining workshop held earlier this year. Peters is running for re-election next month. (FILE PHOTO)

Makivik Corp. will gain at least one new executive member in 2014.

On January 16, Nunavik’s birthright corporation will hold elections for its vice-president of resource development and treasurer positions.

And six Nunavimmiut will vie for those two positions —  both which have been filled by the same people since the 1990s.

Johnny Peters was first elected vice-president of resource development in 1996, where he has overseen Makivik files on renewable resources, wildlife management and environmental protection.

Peters, now 74, will run for a sixth term.

But he’ll face competition from his own executive assistant, Adamie Delisle Alaku, who is active on a number of Makivik wildlife and environment files.

Alaku, who is fluent in Inuttitut, English and French, visited Moscow recently for an international forum on polar bear conservation; he also serves as co-chair to the Ungava Caribou Aboriginal Roundtable.

Long-time Makivik treasurer Anthony Ittoshat, who has served in that role since 1999, has decided not to run for a fifth term.

Instead, a number of prominent Nunavimmiut will compete for that position, including Michael Cameron, Jobie Epoo, Joseph Annahatak and Andy Pirti.

Cameron is a former executive of the Kativik Regional Government regional council; he currently serves as chair of the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau’s board of directors.

Epoo served as former Kativik Regional Police Force chief until his dismissal in 2010.

He was also a vocal force against the proposed Nunavik Regional Government in 2011.

Annahatak served as both mayor of Kangirsuk and vice-chair of the KRG’s regional council.

Pirti has worked for Makivik in Montreal, where he also served as treasurer to the Association of Montreal Inuit.

Makivik will open advance polls Jan. 9 at municipal or landholding offices in Nunavik communities from 9:00 to 5:00 pm.

On election day, polls will be open in those locations from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm.

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