National Inuit Leader Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, offered sincere appreciation to Terry Audla for his work in leading the national Inuit organization over the past three years.
“I would like to thank ongoing ITK President Terry Audla for his leadership over the past three years. His dedication to Inuit representation has been admirable in the face of many challenges,” said Obed. “I will do my best to build upon Terry’s legacy, and look forward to working with him in the future in our shared goal of advancing Inuit rights.”
Audla was elected to a three-year term in June 2012. During his time at ITK, he convened the first Arctic Leaders Working Meeting, a historic gathering between members of the ITK Board of Directors and the Prime Minister and senior federal ministers to discuss Inuit priorities, including housing and education.
He also led an Inuit delegation that successfully challenged a proposal before parties to the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species that would have effectively banned international trade in polar bear; and he oversaw the process to explore and, eventually, formally recommend the unification of the Inuit language writing system.
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