Canada’s branch of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) has a new president, Monica Ell-Kanayuk from Iqaluit, Nunavut. She was elected to the position July 15 during the group’s annual general meeting, this year held in Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Alaska. The new ICC Canada vice-president, Lisa Koperqualuk of Nunavik, Quebec, was also named.
In Nunavut’s previous legislative assembly, Ell-Kanayuk was deputy premier while serving as minister of economic development and transportation. She was previously director of economic development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and worked for many years for the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation.
That ICC assembly is held every four years and brings together ICC member states of Canada, the U.S., Russia and Greenland. For the next four years, Alaska is taking Canada’s place as chair of the international Inuit council that advocates for Inuit input in Arctic affairs. The council works on issues relevant to Inuit like education, wildlife management and economic development.
The ICC closed its 2018 general assembly July 20 with a renewed commitment to unity and action on the international stage, continuing work to advance distinct human rights, food security, health and wellness, sustainable development, and the environment.