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Vice-President James Eetoolook to Receive Indspire Award

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Vice-President James Eetoolook today will receive a 2014 Indspire Award for Lifetime Achievement. Eetoolook was one of 14 Indigenous Canadians to receive an Indspire Award this year. Eetoolook and other NTI Board members are in Winnipeg today to attend the awards ceremony.

“I am deeply honoured to receive this award today. I have worked my entire life serving Inuit, and while I never expected any recognition for my efforts, it means a great deal to me to be honoured in this way,” said Eetoolook. “I’d like to thank my wife, Mary, and my family as well because their never-ending support has allowed me to dedicate my career to helping to improve the lives of Inuit,” he said.

Eetoolook began his working career with the Hudson’s Bay Company as a clerk, eventually becoming manager of a Co-op store. From 1975 to 1989, Eetoolook worked for Taloyoak as the community’s settlement secretary and then as the senior administrative officer for the newly-created hamlet. His exceptional service was recognized by the Nunavut Association of Municipalities with a special award, now named the Eetoolook Award, which is presented annually to the top senior administrative officer. Eetoolook played a major role in the negotiations of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and has been instrumental in its implementation. He has served as vice-president of NTI for 21 years.

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