Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

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Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Abbreviation ITK
Formation 1971
Founder Tagak Curley
Type Inuit organization
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters 75 Albert Street
Suite 1101
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1P 5E7
Coordinates 45°25′20″N 075°41′43″W / 45.42222°N 75.69528°W / 45.42222; -75.69528Coordinates: 45°25′20″N 075°41′43″W / 45.42222°N 75.69528°W / 45.42222; -75.69528
Region served
Canada
Official language
English, Inuktitut
president
Natan Obed
Website http://www.itk.ca

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (Inuktitut syllabics: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, literally "Inuit United with Canada"[1]) is a nonprofit organization in Canada that represents over 60,000 Inuit.[2] It was founded in 1971 by Tagak Curley as the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (or in English, Inuit Brotherhood) in Edmonton, Alberta.[3] It has been headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario since 1972.[4] It grew out of the Indian and Eskimo Association that was formed in the 1960s.

The organization represents Inuit living in four regions of Canada: Nunatsiavut in Labrador, Nunavik in Northern Quebec, Nunavut, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories and Yukon. It is headquartered in Ottawa. The status vis-à-vis the growing population of Inuit living outside the land claims regions remains unclear.

One aim of the organization is to preserve Inuit culture and the Inuit languages. To this end the ITK publishes the cultural magazine Inuktitut three times a year with content in Inuktitut (using Inuktitut syllabics), Inuinnaqtun (using the Latin alphabet,), English, and French.

The organization also represents the Inuit before the Government of Canada and advocates publicly on the population's behalf.

ITK is governed by a board of directors and president. The board of directors consists of the presidents of the four regional land claims organizations: Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government, and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. Each president is a voting member. The presidents of the National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC) and Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC Canada) are non-voting members. Generally, the president of ITK does not vote at board meetings, except in case of a tied vote.[5] Any eligible Inuk can run for president. The board of directors votes for the president.

Rosemarie Kuptana, then the President of ITK, declared on July 27, 1995, that the Inuit of northern Quebec would boycott the October 30, 1995, referendum on sovereignty which failed to address self-government and land claim issues. [6]

Terry Audla was elected President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami on 6 June 2012.[7] He was succeeded by Natan Obed, who was elected with 54% of the vote on September 17, 2015, in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ postscript on Aboriginal Titles, Katherine Barber, Government of Canada Translation Service"
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Pound, Richard W. (2005). 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates'. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. 
  4. ^ Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)
  5. ^ Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Organizational Structure
  6. ^ Pound, Richard W. (2005). 'Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates'. Fitzhenry and Whiteside. 
  7. ^ Nunatsiaq News, New national Inuit president strikes all the right notes
  8. ^ [2]

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