Former president returns

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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.