Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), formerly Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, is the national voice of 55,000 Inuit living in 53 communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador), land claims regions. Inuit call this vast region Inuit Nunangat. Founded in 1971 ITK represents and promotes the interests of Inuit on a wide variety of environmental, social, cultural, and political, issues and challenges facing Inuit on the national level. ITK does not deliver or fund programs, rather it is a national advocacy organization. ITK is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of
- The President
- The elected heads of the four regional Inuit land claims organizations
- The President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) ( ITK Vice-President)
- The President of the National Inuit Youth Council (ex officio)
- The President of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada (ex officio)
The President is elected for a three year term by delegates to the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Annual General Assembly.