Madeleine Redfern

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Madeleine Redfern
Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut
In office
2015 – November 5, 2019
Preceded byMary Wilman
Succeeded byKenny Bell
In office
December 17, 2010[1] – 20 October 2012
Preceded byElisapee Sheutiapik
Succeeded byJohn Graham
Personal details
Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories, Canada

Madeleine Redfern (born 1967) is a Canadian Inuit politician, who was elected mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut in a by-election on December 13, 2010. She was the city's mayor until 2019.

She was born in Iqaluit (then called Frobisher Bay, Northwest Territories).[1] Redfern graduated from the Akitsiraq Law School before becoming the first Inuk to be offered a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was selected by outgoing Justice Louise Arbour to clerk under her replacement, Justice Louise Charron.

Redfern is a businessperson, consultant and social advocate in Iqaluit, and was most recently the executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, looking into the legacy of historical effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit during the period from the 1950s through the 1980s. She ran as a candidate for the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2008 territorial election in Iqaluit Centre, but lost to incumbent MLA Hunter Tootoo.

She is an outspoken critic of Nunavut's government. "We live in a chilly banana republic," she said of the territorial government, a short time before becoming mayor.[2]

On July 24, 2012, Redfern announced at a meeting of the Iqaluit City Council that she would not run for re-election in the next election.[3] She was succeeded in that fall's municipal election by John Graham, but Graham resigned two years into his term and was succeeded by Mary Wilman. In the 2015 election, Redfern ran for mayor again, defeating Wilman.[4]

Electoral record[edit]

2008 Nunavut general election
Name Vote %
     Hunter Tootoo 317 61.7%
     Madeleine Redfern 146 28.4%
     Joe Sageaktook 51 9.9%
Total Valid Ballots 514 100%
Voter Turnout Rejected Ballots
Iqaluit mayoral by-election, 2010
Name Vote %
     Madeleine Redfern 377 30.26
     Allen Hayward 314 25.20
     Paul Kaludjak 314 25.20
     Jim Little 241 19.34
Total Valid Ballots 1246 100%
Voter Turnout % Rejected Ballots: 16


  1. ^ a b "Madeleine Redfern elected Iqaluit mayor"., December 14, 2010.
  2. ^ "The trials of Nunavut: Lament for an Arctic nation". The Globe and Mail, April 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "Iqaluit mayor won't run for re-election". Retrieved 2012-07-24.
  4. ^ "Meet Iqaluit's new mayor and council". CBC North, October 20, 2015.