|MLA for Baffin Central, NT|
|Preceded by||Ipeelee Kilabuk|
|Succeeded by||Ipeelee Kilabuk|
|MLA for Uqqummiut, NU|
|Preceded by||David Iqaqrialu|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Nuqingaq|
|Born||October 6, 1952
Arreak was elected to the Northwest Territories Legislature in the 1979 Northwest Territories general election. He won the Baffin South electoral district defeating incumbent Ipeelee Kilabuk. He left the legislature less than a year later in 1980.
He was the Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the electoral district of Uqqummiut having won the seat in the 2004 Nunavut election. In June 2006 he was appointed deputy speaker for the Legislative Assembly.
In 2008 he was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. He resigned from this position in November 2010 to become Minister of Culture, Language, Elders, and Youth and Minister of Languages in the Cabinet of Nunavut. He was replaced as Speaker by former premier Paul Okalik.
Arreak was at one time mayor of Clyde River.
- 2004 Nunavut election report at CBC
- "Nunavut MLAs put Arreak in cabinet, Okalik in speaker’s chair." Nunatsiaq News. November 4, 2010
- James Arreak as mayor in 1982
- The Honourable James Arreak, archived from the original on May 25, 2012, retrieved September 23, 2013. Biography at the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
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