Two longtime public servants vie for QIA presidency – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on December 7, 2022143 Views

Dec 7, 2022

Candidates are Paul Okalik and incumbent Olayuk Akesuk

One veteran of Nunavut politics is challenging the incumbent for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s presidency this month.

Paul Okalik said his return to politics is fueled, in part, by a feeling that he’s capable of doing more for Inuit that way than by what he’s been doing since leaving public service in 2017.

“I’ve been working, doing other projects and doing my part to try to help my fellow Inuit, but at times it was frustrating because I want to do more,” he said in an interview. “I want to do my part to help my fellow Inuit.”

Okalik, who works for the World Wildlife Fund as an Arctic specialist, has a long history of public service in Nunavut.

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