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NTI Recognizes First Female Inuk to Practice Law in Nunavut

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(November 16, 2006 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak last night honoured Iqaluit resident Sandra Kunuk Inutiq during a feast organized by NTI to celebrate the 2006 Annual General Meeting.

Inutiq, one of 11 inaugural graduates of Nunavut’s Akitsiraq Law School, was called to the bar recently, thus becoming the first Inuk woman to earn the right to work as a lawyer in Nunavut.

I am honoured to present Sandra with a plaque on behalf of NTI’s Board of Directors and our AGM membership. Sandra’s accomplishment is a true milestone for Nunavut Inuit, and it shows us how hard work and determination can make dreams come true, said Kaludjak. NTI looks forward to seeing Sandra’s classmates join her in her success in the near future.

The Akitsiraq Law School program was established in 2001 to address the growing need for Inuit lawyers in the public service, industry and private practices in Nunavut. The program provided a unique opportunity for Inuit students to receive a legal education in their own social, cultural, and geographical environment while becoming fully qualified lawyers.

NTI wants Inutiq and the other graduates of Akitsiraq to help protect and continue to advance Inuit rights in Nunavut, said Kaludjak.

The Akitsiraq Law School was based on a partnership between the Akitsiraq Law School Society, the University of Victoria Faculty of Law, and Nunavut Arctic College.

NTI provided financial assistance for the program.

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