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NTI Mourns the loss of David Aglukark Sr.


(October 26, 2020 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) extends their condolences to the family and friends of David Aglukark Sr.


As an Assistant Chief Negotiator of what would become the Nunavut Agreement, Mr. Aglukark Sr. championed Inuit rights since the 1970s.  He contributed greatly to Article 5 (Wildlife) of the Nunavut Agreement, and continued to dedicate his political career to wildlife, fishing and hunting matters


“David was one of the strong negotiators for the Nunavut Agreement, his knowledge of the land and wildlife was a huge asset to negotiations and his working career.  His priorities were based on working relationships and making sure that everybody was treated fairly and equally, and we really appreciated that”, recalled James Eetoolook, Vice President of NTI


In 2012, Mr. Aglukark Sr. was recognized as an exceptional Canadian with the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


David Aglukark Sr., who was from Arviat, was the first President of the Kivalliq Inuit Association’s inaugural year of 1975.  He later served on the Nunavut Wildlife Board, Inuit Heritage Trust and Arviat’s Hamlet Council.


Mr. Aglukark was deeply devoted to his people and their land.  Known as a strong family man, he raised seven children with his lifelong partner and devoted wife Dorothy.


NTI joins Nunavummiut in mourning the loss of a leader whose life of service drew on his deep faith of Inuit, the land, the church and his family.


For more information, please contact:


Karen Flaherty
Assistant Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4900 Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006

For further information:
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated