Elisapee Sheutiapik

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Elisapee Sheutiapik
Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut
In office
2003 – December 13, 2010
Preceded by John Matthews
Succeeded by Madeleine Redfern
Personal details
Occupation entrepreneur

Elisapee Sheutiapik served as mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. She won the mayoral election in 2003, defeating the incumbent mayor John Matthews by 40 votes, and was acclaimed to a second term in 2006. She is also a member in a scholarship selection committee, and owns a coffee shop in Iqaluit.

On 10 September 2008, CBC North reported that Sheutiapik would be taking a leave of absence to run in the upcoming Nunavut election.[1][2] She ran in Iqaluit West, which had the highest voter turnout at 90.2 per cent, but was defeated by incumbent MLA Paul Okalik by 44 votes.[3][4][5] She subsequently returned to the mayor's chair.

On 19 October 2009, Sheutiapik won a third term as mayor of Iqaluit. Her opponent was former city councillor Jim Little, who took 42.3% of the vote as opposed to 57.7% for Sheutiapik.[6] On November 9, 2010, she announced her resignation as mayor effective December 13.[7] She was succeeded by Madeleine Redfern.[8]


Sheutiapik, whose sister Mary Ann was murdered by an abusive relative in 1997, has collaborated with Iqaluit-based rock singer Lucie Idlout on a national project to have cities across Canada name a city street "Angel" as a memorial to Canadian victims of domestic violence. As of November 2008, Angel Streets have been named in Iqaluit and Fredericton.[9]

Electoral record[edit]

2008 Nunavut general election[5]
Name Vote %
     Paul Okalik 340 53.5%
     Elisapee Sheutiapik 296 46.5%
Total Valid Ballots 636 100%
Voter Turnout % Rejected Ballots


  1. ^ "Iqaluit mayor sets sights on premier's seat". CBC News. September 10, 2008. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  2. ^ "Iqaluit mayor takes on Okalik". Northern News Services. September 15, 2008. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  3. ^ "Okalik squeaks past mayor in Iqaluit West race". CBC News. October 27, 2008. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  4. ^ "Nunavut Premier wins seat in heated election race". The Globe and Mail. October 28, 2008. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  5. ^ a b "2008 General Election Official Results". Elections Nunavut. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Sheutiapik re-elected Iqaluit mayor". CBC News. October 19, 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Iqaluit mayor Sheutiapik resigns". CBC News. November 10, 2010. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  8. ^ "Madeleine Redfern elected Iqaluit mayor". CBC News. December 14, 2010. Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  9. ^ "City names street in honour of domestic violence victims". The Daily Gleaner. November 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. 

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