January 22, 2019 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Following the elections held on Thursday January 17, 2019 for the positions of Vice-President of Economic Development, and Corporate Secretary Makivvik is pleased to officially announce the election of two new Executives.
- Maggie Emudluk won the Vice-President position with 1257 Votes, which worked out to 45.81% of the votes for the position.
- Rita Novalinga won the Corporate Secretary position with 980 Votes, which was 35.82% of the votes.
Makivvik President Charlie Watt congratulated the winning candidates and thanked the outgoing Makivvik Executives for their years of service for Nunavik Beneficiaries.
“On behalf of the Makivvik Board of Directors, my fellow Executives, and the Nunavik Governors I welcome our new Executives to Makivvik – Maggie Emudluk, and Rita Novalinga. As well, I extend thanks to Andy Moorhouse and Adamie Padlayat for their years of service to Makivvik and to Nunavik as Vice-President of Economic Development, and Corporate Secretary, respectively,” said Charlie Watt.
Maggie Emudluk has a long history in politics, in 1986 she was elected as a municipal councillor in her community of Kangirsualujjuaq, and in 1993 was elected mayor. Maggie held this position until 2001, during this period Maggie also held various roles with the Kativik Regional Government ranging from a regional councillor, to serving as the vice chairperson. In 2006 she became the Chairperson for KRG and held this position until 2015, during this period Maggie worked on many projects that improved the lives of Nunavimmiut.
Rita Novalinga has held management roles at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq and the FCNQ, where most recently she held the position of Assistant Director General at Kativik Ilisarniliriniq. The experience she has gained in these roles will be an asset to the corporation while she serves as Corporate secretary.
Complete electoral results are available on the Makivvik website at makivik.org
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Makivvik is the land claims organization mandated to manage the heritage funds of the Inuit of Nunavik provided for under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. Makivvik’s role includes the administration and investment of these funds and the promotion of economic growth by providing assistance for the creation of Inuit-operated businesses in Nunavik. Makivvik promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language as well as the health, welfare, relief of poverty, and education of Inuit in the communities.