Makivik’s Annual General Meeting, held this year from April 26-30 in Akulivik, was an important one for Nunavik’s Youth. A resolution was passed that gives them a voting seat on the Makivik Board of Directors. Prior to this, the Qarjuit Youth Council President sat on the board as an observer. Qarjuit President Aleashia Echalook will remain on the board with voting powers and will maintain her position until the next Makivik AGM, when it will be determined if a new Youth Representative is to be named.
“It is so exciting and so great to have a voting seat at Makivik. Our voice is not only heard but considered in the decision-making process at the BOD level and I am so glad that Makivik remains supportive to QYC and very hopeful that this is just the beginning and that other organizations may start offering voting seats to the youth as well,” Echalook said.
Another notable resolution passed was the reinstatement of the exception that allows Chisasibi Inuit who are not fluent Inuktitut speakers to be nominated for the Makivik Director position of Chisasibi. This exception is effective for the period between 2021 and 2027.
Despite the AGM being an in-person meeting, capacity inside the Akulivik gym was limited to 50 participants. To minimize the risk of bringing COVID-19 into the region, the decision was also made to have Makivik’s southern staff join via teleconference. For further information on resolutions that were passed and more detailed departmental reports, please visit Makivik’s website at: https://www.makivik.org/2021-makivik-agm/.