Inuit Advocate Peter Kritaqliluk, Taken Too Soon

Nunavut was mourning a leader on August 31 as it buried longtime Inuit advocate Peter Kritaqliluk, the Nunatsiaq News reported.

While the rest of the nation was still reeling from the death of beloved New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton, Nunavut was burying one of its own. Kritaqliluk died on August 27 of cancer, the newspaper said.

As one of his many current and former roles, he chaired the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee (NITC).

During two terms as mayor of Arvia, Kritaqliluk fought for funding to expand Arviat’s community hall, still the largest such hall in Nunavut, the Nunatsiaq News said. In addition Kritaqliluk worked for the Kivalliq Inuit Association and was a former board member of the organization.

In addition, the Nunatsiaq News said, he helped found the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board, chaired the Nunavut Trust and helped negotiate Nunavut’s land claims agreement.

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