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NTI Presents Award to First Inuk Doctorate Student

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(November 17, 2005 – Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak yesterday recognized the Carleton University graduation of Cambridge Bay resident Thomas Hadlari. Dr. Hadlari will be presented with a plaque and a cheque for $1,000 as a result of his accomplishment.

Dr. Hadlari became the first Inuk in Nunavut to earn his Ph.D. last week when he graduated from the geology program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

NTI is honoured to have the opportunity to personally congratulate Dr. Hadlari on his major accomplishment. When Inuit attain goals like this, it gives us tremendous pride and brings us closer to a successful Nunavut, said Kaludjak.

Dr. Hadlari is well-known for his lifelong love of learning – at school and on the land. He began his education with his father setting trap lines, building igloos and harpooning bearded seals, and continued it by earning three consecutive university degrees.

On behalf of the members of the Annual General Meeting, Nunavut Tunngavik congratulates Dr. Hadlari on his accomplishment, and we thank him for his hard work, perseverance and sacrifice, said Kaludjak. He has set a strong example for our young people.

Kaludjak also presented the Hamlet of Cambridge Bay, Mayor Terry McCallum, and District Education Authority Allen Simm with plaques, and thanked community members for the hospitality they showed NTI AGM delegates.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 983-5600