Quebec November, 4 2013- Jacob Oweetaluktuk was appointed to the Makivik Board of Governors in 1993 and served in that capacity for many years until last year. He was appointed to the position in recognition for his hard work as an executive member of the Northern Quebec Inuit Association, the organization that negotiated the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement on behalf of Inuit. He is also remembered as one of the founding members of Canada’s National Inuit Brotherhood, Inuit Tapirisat of Canada in the early 1970’s. Jacob was a community broadcaster for CBC North as well for 15 years on Nunavik’s Tuttavik radio show providing community news and opinion to Nunavik and Nunavut.
Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik says Jacob was an extraordinary man, whose dedication to the well being of his fellow Inuit was remarkable.
“He was not afraid to voice his opinion on regional and community issues and its people like him who put meaning to the word “a role model,” says Tukkiapik, and added, “ He will be missed and his legacy as an Inuit Rights Activist will live on.