October 3, 2018 – Kuujjuaq, QC – On behalf of the Inuit of Nunavik Makivik President Charlie Watt congratulates the newly elected Premier of Québec François Legault, Leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) Party, as well as the newly elected Member of the National Assembly for the riding of Ungava, Denis Lamothe, also of the CAQ.
“I met Québec’s newly elected Premier-designate, François Legault, before the election and he demonstrated understanding and support for many of the issues I brought up and support for the United Nations Declarations on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” said Charlie Watt. “On behalf of the Inuit in Nunavik, I look forward to meeting Premier Legault to advance Inuit rights in the Nunavik region.”
President Watt also wish to congratulate the newly elected MNA for Ungava Denis Lamothe of the CAQ and look forward to meeting him soon.
“Ungava is by far the largest riding in Quebec and for the first time in history two Inuit women ran in the election, so I want to send out a special mention for Alisha Tukkiapik, in Kuujjuaraapik, for running in the election for the Québec Solidaire party and to Mona Belleau originally from Iqaluit, Nunavut who ran for the NDP in the riding of Chauveau”, said Mr Watt.” Not only did you make history but you have motivated so many of our people to stand up and be counted no matter the odds .”
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Makivik is the land claims organization mandated to manage the heritage funds of the Inuit of Nunavik provided for under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. Makivik’s role includes the administration and investment of these funds and the promotion of economic growth by providing assistance for the creation of Inuit-operated businesses in Nunavik. Makivik promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language as well as the health, welfare, relief of poverty, and education of Inuit in the communities.