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Charlie Evalik Appointed NTI’s Chief Negotiator

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(June 7, 2005 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak today announced that Charlie Evalik was appointed Chief Negotiator and Nunavut Implementation Panel member for NTI. Kaludjak said the appointment became official during NTI’s quarterly Board of Directors’ meeting held in Grise Fiord last week.

We were extremely pleased to appoint Charlie Evalik to this position. He will use his extensive leadership experience to help update the Implementation Contract for the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, said Kaludjak.

Prior to his most recent appointment, Evalik held the position of President of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KitIA) from 1996-2005. He formerly served as the Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s Executive Director and Communications Senior Manager. Evalik held other high-ranking positions with the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Enokhok Development Corporation. Notably, Evalik served as the Senior Negotiator with the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut (TFN).

Mr. Evalik’s commitment to Inuit land claims began more than 25 years ago when he worked as a Senior Negotiator with TFN. During that period, he represented the territorial government in the negotiations with the federal government. He has always played a key role in our land claims and I am confident he will continue to do so as Chief Negotiator, said Kaludjak.

One of Mr. Evalik’s first tasks as Chief Negotiator will be to attend a meeting with Thomas Berger with other NTI, Government of Nunavut and Government of Canada officials.

Mr. Berger was appointed Conciliator last month in an effort to help find a resolution to the impasse blocking negotiations to update the NLCA Implementation Contract.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4914
Cell: (867) 975-1337
Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006