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April 19, 2021 in NIYC Opportunities

2021 Presidential Election

Members of the National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC) will be voting for the next President of that NIYC this summer…
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October 9, 2020 in NIYC Opportunities

2021 National Inuit Youth Summit Application

October 2020- We were heartbroken to have to postpone the National Inuit Youth Summit (NIYS) this year due to COVID-19, but…
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About the NIYC


Most Inuit live in 53 communities spread across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). This vast region is known as Inuit Nunangat. It encompasses roughly 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline. Youth make up the majority of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit.

The National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC) was established by the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, now known as Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) in 1993 to provide guidance and input into issues of interest for Inuit youth in Canada. Each NIYC representative is tasked with voicing the concerns and ideas of Inuit youth from their respective regions, with the elected President serving as the National voice of Inuit youth.

The council is made up of six voting members and 1 president, who is elected for a 2 year term every second June. There are 6 regional youth file holders, employed by the respective land claims organizations that sit on the NIYC as the voting members. The Youth Project Coordinator(s) of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), our parent organization, serve as the secretariet for the NIYC.

Current Members

Crystal Martin-Lapenskie

President | National Inuit Youth Council

Jessica Winter

Nunatsiavut Government

Becky Kilabuk

Qikiqtani Inuit Association

Melody Teddy

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Presley Taylor

Kitikmeot Inuit Association

Aleashia Echalook
Aleashia Echalook

Qarjuit Youth Council

Christine Tootoo


Nipiit – Issue 16

By Nipiit Magazine, Publications
Uqalimaagaliangusimajut 16 Nipiit atuinnauliqtut! Taakkua uqalimaagalianguvaktut Canadami Makkuttut Inuit, ilulingini piusituqalirinirmut pijjutiqaqtut uummaqsimaliqtitauvut. Uqalimaarlugit tamarmik piusituqarminni inuit titirniqtaarivaktangit uqausiusimallutik ajjigiinngiuqtunit...
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National Inuit Youth Council

75 Albert Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, ON K1P 5E7

Phone: 1 (613) 238-8181
Toll-Free (Canada): 1 (866) 262-8181
Fax: 1 (613) 234-1991

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