The Nunavik Inuit beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement elected Adamie Padlayat to represent them as the Corporate Secretary of Makivvik on January 21, 2016.
Prior to being elected to the Makivvik Executive Committee, Adamie served as the Executive Director at the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board, based in Inukjuak. His files there included participation in the development of a Beluga Management System as well as coordinating the first-ever public hearings on polar bears in southern Hudson Bay.
Adamie Padlayat was born in the community of Salluit, the second northernmost Inuit community in Quebec, on March 14, 1972. He is the son of Paul Putulik Alaku and Sala Padlayat. Adamie and his wife Stephanie POV now make Inukjuak their home, along with their son Simeonie and daughter Qirniulaut. They also have four grandchildren.
Adamie graduated from Ikusik Secondary School and then completed an additional year of high school at Jaanimarrik School in Kuujjuaq. Inspired by the example of his uncle Adamie Alaku, he then earned a Commercial Pilot License through Cornwall Aviation, which is one of Canada’s most renowned flight training schools.
Adamie has also lived in Akulivik, where he was temporarily employed as an Air Inuit agent. He also went to work as a Community Wellness Worker and then served as the Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer for the Northern Village of Akulivik.
This is not the first time that Adamie Padlayat has been a member of the Makivvik team. Previous to their relocation to his wife’s home community of Inukjuak, they lived in Kuujjuaq where Adamie worked as the Youth Liaison and served as the Corporation’s Chief Returning Officer. He then advanced to the position of Executive Assistant to the Vice-President for Renewable Resources.
Since moving to Inukjuak, Adamie has served for two years on their local community council. He finds pleasure in playing music and singing and his performance of songs such as Aniqqami Inutuulunga and Upirngami are popular on FM radio throughout the region. He likes to go fishing occasionally and really enjoys goose hunting with his friends. Always a team player, Adamie Padlayat is enthusiastic about improving conditions for Nunavimmiut and strengthening the culture and values of Nunavik Inuit.