February 10, 2022 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – The 2022 Makivvik Universal Elections for the positions of Vice-President of Economic Development and Corporate Secretary have concluded. The elections were delayed this year due to poor weather conditions across the region, with the final communities casting their ballots yesterday. At approximately 10:15 pm on Feb. 9, the final polling station reported results, securing the following outcome:
- Andy Moorhouse won the Vice-President position with 1,301 Votes, or 50.7% of the eligible votes cast.
- Alicia Aragutak won the Corporate Secretary position with 912 Votes, or 35.5% of eligible votes cast.
Makivvik President Pita Aatami congratulated the winning candidates and thanked the outgoing Makivvik Executives for the term they served Nunavik’s Beneficiaries.
“On behalf of the Makivvik Board of Directors, my fellow Executives, and the Nunavik Governors, I welcome our new Executives to Makivvik – Andy Moorhouse and Alicia Aragutak. As well, I extend thanks to Maggie Emudluk and Rita Novalinga for their years of service to Makivvik and to Nunavik as Vice-President of Economic Development, and Corporate Secretary, respectively,” Pita Aatami said.
“I also want to thank all the other candidates who put their names forward for these two positions, It is never an easy thing to put your lives on hold to campaign and run for an elected position. Despite still living with the conditions that the pandemic impose on us, I also want to thank the Nunavik Inuit who went out to vote this week. These elections wouldn’t move forward if it wasn’t for your participation,” he added.
Andy Moorhouse returns to Makivvik as the Vice-President of Economic Development, after previously holding this position between 2016 and 2019. Prior to being elected VP of Economic Development, he was elected as the Corporate Secretary in 2010 and served two terms in that capacity.
Alicia Aragutak was the founder and first President of the Qarjuit Youth Council, leading it through its early years between 2015 and 2018. She then went on to become Executive Director of the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Center in Kuujjuaq, steering the organization through its milestone phase of developing a new treatment center for all Nunavimmiut.
There are 8,728 beneficiaries eligible to vote in Nunavik. Of that number, 2,567 went to cast ballots, representing 29.40 percent of eligible voters.
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.