Six years is enough for Jose Kusugak 
ITK seeks nominations for July election


ITK president Jose Kusugak plans to spend this summer and fall at his 
cabin outside Rankin Inlet. (FILE PHOTO)

The field is open for a delegated election to choose a new president 
for the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, now that the man who held the job 
for the past six years has said he "definitely" won't seek a third 

Jose Kusugak will step aside on July 7, the last day of ITK's annual 
general meeting in the Inuvialuit community of Ulukhatok (Holman), 
NWT, when ITK's board of directors will vote for a new president to 
serve a three-year term. 

The job is open to any Inuk aged 18 or older, who can find at least 
20 other Inuit to sign an application for candidacy, and $200. Inuit 
may nominate candidates before 5 p.m. on June 16. 

Not all Inuit get to vote in the election. Each regional Inuit 
organization - Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Makivik Corp., the Labrador 
Inuit Association and Inuvialuit Regional Corp. - chooses three 
voting members to send to the ITK meeting. 

Those 12 delegates will elect the new president. 

Each regional Inuit organization decides whether to send elected 
representatives as voting members, or to choose non-elected people 
from their executive.

Anyone who wants to run in the election must pay their own way to 
Holman. ITK will reimburse candidates for expenses up to $1,200 - a 
fraction of the cost of a round-trip flight from Iqaluit with First 
Air, which starts around $3,500. That trip also requires spending two 
nights in Yellowknife en route.

The $200 deposit is returned to any candidates who receive at least 
10 per cent of the vote in the election.

Kusugak is pleased with the results of his six years in office, 
saying ITK has "made some progress" on the housing issue and the 
Inuit specific secretariat, which was finally created in April 2004. 

"I think mainstream Canadians now know Inuit are Inuit and not First 
Nations," Kusugak said. 

He also said he tried to make ITK's head office in Ottawa "welcoming 
to northerners," and pointed out that about half of the 45 or so 
employees there are now Inuit. 

Kusugak said his immediate plans are to return to Rankin Inlet, and 
spend the spring and fall at the cabin with his family and 

Candidates' applications are available on ITK's website, at

In addition to its press release, ITK is working with each region to 
ensure all of the regional organizations are promoting the election, 
said ITK's chief electoral officer, Richard Paton.

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