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Former president returns


Founding president of Makivik in 1978, Charlie Watt Sr. has returned to the organization as its new president, following the election this January.

Originally the Northern Quebec Inuit Association (NQIA) — the organization that negotiated the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) in the early 1970s on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavik — the NQIA formally became Makivik Corporation in June of 1978.

Charlie Watt was also Makivik President in the late 1980s and early 1990s — a time when Makivik purchased First Air as part of its port­folio of subsidiary companies, expanding its aviation expertise, which includes Air Inuit.

Makivik will continue to focus on the right to self-determination, education and working to expand its land base.