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Nominations open for ITK president
Inuit organization encourages applications

Stewart Burnett
Northern News Services
Monday, August 10, 2015

Nominations are open for the position of president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and on-paper chances of getting the gig might be high considering there were only two candidates in the last election.

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Terry Audla, current president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is shown here during his nomination presentation in 2012. Last election, only two people ran for the position. - photo courtesy of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Heather Ochalski, ITK's deputy chief returning officer, said those who have a vision for Inuit, leadership experience, can be inspirational and work with the different regions should apply.

"People are definitely encouraged to apply for the role as president of ITK and help put Inuit issues forward," said Ochalski. But applying isn't as easy as most jobs.

To become a candidate, Inuit at least 18 years of age can submit a candidate application form or may be nominated by the designated member representative of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation or the Nunatsiavut Government.

Applicants must provide a cover letter that outlines their experience in a leadership role, knowledge of Inuit issues and provide a description of what they would like to achieve as president. They must secure the signatures of 20 Inuit aged 18 or older, include a passport-quality photo and a $200 cheque made payable to ITK.

"The president provides an inspirational leadership role," said Ochalski. "He also keeps the board of directors engaged and aware of the organization's activities."

The president serves as the strategic vision leader in the organization and acts as chief executive officer. The job is full time.

Terry Audla, who won the presidency in 2012 for a three-year term, said at the time that he was "very happy and humbled to have been selected."

He received 12 votes, while competitor Robert Watt received just one.

Candidates are given a 10-minute opportunity to address members and delegates during the ITK annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay this September.

Candidates must arrange their own travel plans for the event, or they can deliver their remarks by telephone.

"We look forward to those who have applied to see them at the AGM," said Ochalski, adding that ITK's vision is creating a Canada in which all Inuit thrive.

Audla could not be reached for comment by press time on whether he is running again.

The deadline for nominations is Aug. 17.

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