October 29, 2020 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Important changes have been made to the Makivik Corporation Executive Election procedures. During the recent Makivik Board of Directors meeting from October 20-23, amendments to the Corporation’s by-laws were approved.
The date to submit a nomination form for an Executive Director election, the date to give public notice of the election and confirm the names of candidates, and the date of the election itself have all been changed. The changes were made to ensure a continuous campaigning period for all candidates, including any incumbent Makivik Executive seeking re-election.
Another change is that an incumbent Executive seeking re-election shall have all responsibilities, rights and powers, except for title and salary, transferred to another Executive during the campaign period.
The changes were made to make the election process fair and equitable to everyone, and by ensuring that rules applicable during the campaign period are clear and well defined.
The changes come into effect immediately. Thus the deadline for the nominations for the upcoming Makivik Presidential election will be on January 7, 2021 (previously December 1st, 2020). The new date for the Presidential election is February 4, 2021 (previously January 21, 2021).
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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.