OVERHEARD: Reflections on representing Inuit for 40 years

On September 17, 2013, the Honourable Tagak Curley (Rankin Inlet North) gave his final remarks in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. He reflected on his 40-year political career representing Inuit and Nunavummiut.


Mr. Curley (interpretation): Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I say “good morning” to the people of Rankin Inlet. I would like Sally to watch the proceedings of the House. This a perfect morning and an appropriate moment for me to stand here once again with my wife, Sally, whom I hope is watching at home on this last sitting day of the Third Legislative Assembly. It’s an appropriate time today for everyone.

Mr. Speaker, I stood up as a young man and I can’t return to being a young man, but as a young man, I stood up 40 years ago after many hours of speaking with our Inuit elders and friends to begin the long journey of hope, restoring Inuit culture, self-determination, pride in our own language and identity.

Mr. Speaker, it has been a remarkable, challenging, and rewarding journey working with Inuit leaders. Many have passed away as we defined our destiny, creating and building our institutions needed to protect our unique culture, social, and not just political and economic goals.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask for unanimous consent to conclude my statement.

Speaker: Thank you, Mr. Curley. The member is seeking unanimous consent to conclude his statement. Are there any nays? There are none. Please proceed, Mr. Curley.

Mr. Curley (interpretation): Thank you, Mr. Speaker and (interpretation ends) my colleagues. (interpretation) Mr. Speaker, this historic journey was not just about strengthening our culture; it was also about a public government, a public government which would be closer to home, which would involve more Inuit in the decision-making process, and elect leaders directly from Nunavut communities, hopefully.

About 40 years ago, most would be more understanding about our challenges locally. I can also recall maybe if we were to be put in a position that we would be able to help our people. I remember being a lone advocate seeking support for dividing the NWT and working towards this goal for years.

No one lined up to take the honour of being on the front lines to receive and reflect the first negative, discouraging shots of many experts. For instance, in English, they would say that (interpretation ends) that’s a noble idea. That means it’s not likely going to happen. (interpretation) However, I wasn’t going to let this slip from my mind and hands. The snowball, once rolled, never stays the same size. The rest is history.

The moment has arrived for me. Even though we had hard times, I could say that the moment has arrived for me to speak to my constituents, elders, and youth of Rankin Inlet North that my wife, Sally, and I have been honoured to represent and serve you for many years. You have been most supportive and understanding, not only to me as well as my wife. When I didn’t want to come back to politics in 2004, I was encouraged by the elders. For two years, I didn’t agree, but my wife and I can say “thank you” and I’m very grateful.

While I have some energy, strength to think, work, and stand, I ask my constituents of Rankin Inlet to allow me to stay closer to my family, our grandchildren, our daughters, and our sons. We want to be able to have some time for ourselves. For that reason, I would like to say that I have discussed this with my wife, Sally, and close personal friends.

The Hon. Tagak Curley, 2008. Photo credit: Chris Windeyer.

The Hon. Tagak Curley, 2008.
Photo credit: Chris Windeyer.

We prayed together to get some guidance on that. I could say today that they will be electing a candidate for Rankin Inlet North. I will not be running. I would like to also say “thank you” to all the people that I have worked with when there were a lot of challenges. I would like to say “thank you” to the ministers. Privately, we make sure that things we want are done.

I would like to say “thank you” to Lorne Kusugak, as well as James Arreak, not just here, but also from the NWT days.

I thank our Premier for assisting us and to want to assist the people of Nunavut. Mr. Speaker, I would also like to say that Sally and I were here for about five years and before that, in 1999, and we were welcomed by the people. The elders from Iqaluit looked after us. We have made friends. I was told in a store by an elder, “I missed you very much.” We appreciate their support, including Sammie and Oolootie.

I would like to thank, Mr. Speaker, your staff and Mr. Quirke, as well as research staff and all the staff of the Legislative Assembly and the administration people on the third floor. In particular, I would like to thank the interpreters. They do a very hard job and have made our work easier.

Lastly, I would like to thank my constituency assistants in Rankin Inlet. I would instruct them to welcome anyone who walks into their offices. Bernadette Dean, who is always receptive there whenever we meet there and whenever I’m in town and whenever anyone walks in. That makes all of us happy and that is why I thank Bernadette for always welcoming with open arms.

The day has arrived, Mr. Speaker, when being elected in Nunavut is not the only job that has to be done, so I’ll take the opportunity to be more relaxed. I want to say to the people of Rankin Inlet that they will be voting for a slate with more than one candidate and that Sally and I will also vote there. We both wish to say thank you to all of you. This legislature in Nunavut is unique in Canada and very young. It is still a work in progress and I thank all of you.


Speaker: Thank you, Mr. Curley.

Clock tower in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The Hon. Tagak Curley represented Rankin Inlet North from 2004 to 2013. Photo credit: Northern Public Affairs.

Clock tower in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The Hon. Tagak Curley represented Rankin Inlet North from 2004 to 2013.
Photo credit: Northern Public Affairs.

ᓕ: ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᐅᖃᖅᑏ. ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ, ᓵᓕ ᑕᐅᑐᕋᓐᓈᖁᒐᓗᐊᖅᐸᒋᑦ ᓇᓗᓕᐅᖅᑲᖅᑲᐅᖕᒪᑦ. ᒫᓐᓇ ᓂᑯᕕᑉᐳᖓ ᐅᖃᖅᑏ, ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᐸᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖅ ᐱᐅᓂᖅᐹᖑᓲᖑᖕᒪᑦ, ᓈᒻᒪᓈᑦᑎᐊᖅᖢᓂᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᓪᓗᒥ ᓈᒻᒪᓈᑦᑎᐊᕐᒪᑦ ᓵᓕᓗ ᓄᓕᐊᕋ ᒫᓂ ᓇᖏᕈᓐᓇᕋᓐᓄᒃ ᓱᓕ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒫᓐᓇ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᑦ. ᑕᐅᑐᕋᓐᓈᖁᓪᓚᕆᒃᑲᓗᐊᖅᑕᕋ.

ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᓪᓗᖅ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᖑᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᑲᐅᒐᒪ ᓈᒻᒪᓈᖅᑐᖅ ᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅᖅ ᓱᓕ, ᐅᓪᓗᕆᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂᑦ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓗᓐᓄᑦ, ᐅᕙᓐᓄᓪᓗ.

ᐅᖃᖅᑏ, ᓂᑯᕕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓂᕋ ᐅᑭᐅᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᒐᓚᐅᓕᕐᒪᑕ ᓄᓇᒧᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᕌᒐᑦᑎᓐᓂᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᒥᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᔪᕋᒃᑯ. ᐅᑭᐅᑦ 40 ᐅᖓᑖᓂᐅᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᓂᑯᕕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᒪ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒋᖃᑦᑕᖅᑳᖅᖢᒋᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᒐᓵᓗᖕᓂᑦ ᐃᓐᓇᐃᑦ, ᐃᓐᓈᓗᐃᑦ ᖃᓂᖃᖅᑎᐊᓗᐃᑦ, ᐱᖃᓐᓈᒃᑲᓗ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᒍᑦ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᕗᑦ ᐱᓪᓗᒍ ᓂᕆᐅᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐃᓅᓯᕗᑦ ᒪᑭᑉᐹᓪᓕᖁᓪᓗᒍ, ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖅ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᓐᓇᖅᓯᖁᓪᓗᑕ, ᑲᑉᐱᐊᒋᓐᖏᓪᓗᒍ, ᓇᕐᕈᒋᓐᖏᓪᓗᒍ ᑭᓇᐅᖕᒪᖔᑦᑕ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕗᑦ ᑕᒫᓂ ᓄᓇᑦᑎᓐᓂ.

ᐅᖃᖅᑏ, ᐅᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᖓ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᐊᑲᓪᓛᓗᐃᑦ, ᐊᔪᓐᖏᑦᑐᐊᓗᐃᑦ. ᓴᐱᕐᓇᖅᑐᐊᓗᒃᑯᑦ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᖢᑕ ᐱᓱᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᒐᑦᑕ ᖃᓄᖃᖅᑏᑦ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ ᕿᒪᐃᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ, ᐅᕙᒍᑦ ᐃᓚᐃᑎᒍᑦ ᓱᓕ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐊᕐᒪᖔᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᕗᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓇᓱᒃᑎᓪᓗᑕ, ᒪᑭᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᒃᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓅᓯᕗᑦ ᐸᐃᕆᔭᐅᒋᐊᖃᕐᒪᖔᑦ, culture, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕗᑦ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ, social ᐊᒻᒪᓗ political- ᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᖏᑦᑐᖅ, economic needs, ᐊᑲᐅᓯᕚᓪᓕᕈᑎᒃᓴᐃᑦ.

ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᐊᓂᒍᒪᒐᒃᑯ, ᐅᖃᖅᑏ ᐅᐃᒍᔭᐅᔪᒪᒐᓗᐊᖅᑐᖓ. ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᐅᖃᖅᑏ.

ᐅᖃᖅᑎ (ᑐᓵᔨᑎᒍᑦ): ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᒥᔅᑕ ᑰᓕ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᐊᓂᒍᒪᖕᒪᑦ, ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᒍᒪᖕᒪᑦ. ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ. ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᒐᕕᑦ. ᐊᑏᒃ, ᒥᔅᑕ ᑰᓕ.

ᑰᓕ: ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᐅᖃᖅᑏ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᖃᑎᒃᑲ. ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐱᓱᖕᓂᕆᔭᕗᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᒪᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐃᓅᓯᑦᑎᓐᓂᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᓚᐅᓐᖏᑦᑐᖅ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ culture ᑭᓯᐊᓂᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓂᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᒍᓐᓇᖅᐸᑦ? ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᒥᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐱᑕ ᖃᓂᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓗᓂ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᑦᑎᓐᓂ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓚᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᒍᓐᓇᖅᐸᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᑭᓯᐊᓂᖅᓴᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓃᓐᖔᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᒍᓐᓇᕋᔭᖅᐸᑦ?

ᐃᓱᒪᒍᕕᑦ 40 ᐊᕐᕌᒍᐃᑦ ᓈᓕᖅᑐᑦ, ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᒋᐊᖃᕋᔭᖅᐸ? ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᕈᓘᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᒪᓐᓇᓗ ᐅᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᖓ, ᐃᑯᖓᖃᐃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᒧᑦ ᐃᓕᒍᑦᑕᐃᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᒍᓐᓇᖅᓯᓂᐊᖅᐳᒎᓚᕝᕕᖃᓚᐅᕋᑕᓗ. ᑕᒫᙵᑐᐃᓐᓈᓗᒃ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓗᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᓕᖅᖢᒍ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓚᐅᔪᓐᓇᕐᒪᖔᑦᑕ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᖓ ᓂᓪᓕᖃᑦᑕᓕᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᖓ ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᐊᕕᒡᓗᒍᖃᐃ.

ᐊᒥᓲᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᑦ ᑕᕝᕗᖓ ᓇᖏᖅᓯᔪᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᔪᒪᓪᓗᑎᑦ. ᐊᑯᓂᕈᓗᐊᓗᒃ ᒪᑭᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᑭᐸᓪᓕᐊᓕᕋᑦᑕ ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐃᓕᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᓲᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ, ᓲᕐᓗ ᐃᓱᒪᑦᑎᐊᕙᒃ (ᑐᓵᔨᑎᒎᓕᖅᑐᖅ) ᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᑖᓐᓇᖃᐃ ᓄᓇᕗᑦᑖᔾᔮᖏᑦᑐᒍᖅᑲᐃ?

(ᑐᓵᔨᑎᒎᕈᓐᓃᖅᑐᖅ) ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓴᐱᓕᕈᒪᓚᐅᙱᑦᑐᒍᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᒪᒐᑦᑕ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓂ ᐊᐳᑎᑯᓗᒃ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᓯᑎᐊᕐᔪᒃᑳᖓᕐᓂᒃ ᖃᓐᓂᕋᑖᕐᓂᑰᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑕᐅᓄᖓ ᐊᒃᓴᓗᑭᑖᓕᕌᖓᒥ ᑖᓐᓇᓴᐃᓐᓇᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᓄᖅᑲᓲᖑᙱᒻᒪᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᕙᓪᓕᐊᖏᓐᓇᓲᖅ. ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᐃᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᑖᓐᓇ ᓴᒃᑯᓐᓂᐅᔭᙱᒻᒪᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᕋ ᐃᓱᒪᒐᓂᒃ ᐊᒡᒐᒃᑲᓂᒡᓗ ᖁᓚᕐᓇᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ.

ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐅᑉᓗᒥ, ᐅᖃᖅᑏ, ᐆᒥᖓ ᐅᖃᕐᓚᖓ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᒃᑲᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᑉᓗᒥ ᓂᑉᓕᕆᐊᖃᕋᒪ. ᓂᑉᓕᕆᐊᖃᕋᒪ ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᒥᓲᔪᓐᓃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓄᑦ, ᓄᓕᐊᕋᓗᒃ ᓵᓕ ᐅᐱᒋᖃᑦᑕᒻᒪᕆᒃᐸᕗᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ. ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᑦ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ. ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓇᖏᖃᑎᖃᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᑉᓗᒍ ᐊᒃᓱᐊᓗᒃ ᓴᕆᒪᓱᒃᐳᖓ

ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ ᐅᑎᕈᒪᙱᑎᓪᓗᖓ Politics- 2004 ᑲᔪᖏᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒐᒪ ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᒃ ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᐊᖏᙱᑕᒃᑲ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓵᓕᓗ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐅᑉᓗᒥ ᓇᖏᕋᓐᓄᒃ ᓱᓕ ᐅᐱᒋᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ.

ᓇᖏᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕋᓂ, ᐃᓱᒪᒃᓴᖅᓯᐅᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᕋᓂ, ᐊᐅᓪᓚᑦᑐᓐᓇᕐᓂᕋᓂ ᓱᓕ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᒋᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᐅᖃᐅᑎᔪᒪᒐᒃᑭᑦ ᐃᓚᒃᑲᓄᑦ ᖃᓂᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᑲᐃᓐᓇᕈᒪᒐᒪ. ᐃᕐᖑᑕᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ, ᐸᓂᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ, ᐃᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ, ᐱᕕᒃᓴᖄᕐᔪᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᕐᔪᒍᒪᒐᓐᓄᒃ ᓵᓕᓗ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᑎᔪᒪᒐᒃᑭᑦ ᓵᓕᓗ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᒐᓐᓄᒃ, ᓄᓕᐊᕋ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᖃᓐᓈᒃᑲ ᖃᓂᒋᓪᓚᕆᒃᑖᓗᒃᑲ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᖃᑎᒌᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑕ ᖃᓄᐃᒋᐊᖃᕐᒪᖔᕐᒪ ᓯᕗᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ.

ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᐅᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᖓ ᐅᑉᓗᒥ ᓂᕆᐅᒃᐳᖓ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒥᒃ ᓄᑖᒥᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᑕᕋ ᑖᓐᓇ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕋᒃᓴᐅᓕᖅᐸᑦ. ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᕈᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᐅᑯᐊ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒋᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑕᒃᑲ ᑕᒫᓃᑦᑐᓕᒫᑦ. ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᕈᓘᔮᓗᒃᑰᑎᓪᓗᑕ, ᒥᓂᔅᑕᐃᑦ ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᑲᑎᒪᖃᑎᒋᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᐃᓄᑑᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᖃᑎᒋᓯᒪᔭᕋ ᓗᐊᓐ, ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᓇᑯᓗᖔᓯᑦ ᖃᖓᓗᒃᑖᕌᓗᒃ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕆᒐᒃᑯ ᔭᐃᒥᓯ ᐋᕆᐊᒃ ᑕᕝᕙᓂᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᖏᑦᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᕐᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐅᖃᑎᒋᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᒍᓗ, ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ. ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎ, ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ ᑕᒫᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓃᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᖢᒍ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᔪᒪᒐᕕᑦ.

ᐅᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᑏ, ᓂᓪᓕᐅᑎᒋᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᐊᖃᓪᓚᕆᒃᑲᒃᑯ. ᓵᓕᓗ ᒫᓃᓚᐅᕋᓐᓄᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᑲᓴᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᒫᓃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᓪᓗᓄᒃ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓂᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐅᑭᐅᓂᒃ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ 1999. ᑐᙵᓱᒃᑎᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᒐᓐᓄᒃ ᐃᓛᓐᓂᑦ ᐅᕙᓂ ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᒃ ᐸᐃᕆᔨᖃᒻᒪᕆᒃᑑᔮᖅᐸᓚᐅᖅᑐᒍᒃ. ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᐱᖃᓐᓇᕆᔭᕗᑦ ᓂᓪᓕᕆᐊᖃᖅᑕᒃᑲ ᐊᒥᓱᑦ, ᐅᖃᐅᑎᔭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖓ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᐃᓐᓇᕐᒧᑦ, ᑭᖑᓂᓕᖅᐹᓘᔪᓯ. ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᖅᑕᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃᑲ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥᑦ ᓴᒥ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓕᐊᑯᓗᐊ ᐅᓘᓯ, ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᓇᐅᑦᑎᖅᓱᖅᑎᒋᓪᓚᕆᒃᑲᑦᑎᒍᑦ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᖅᑕᒃᑲ.

ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓂᓪᓕᕆᐊᖃᕋᒪ, ᐅᖃᖅᑏ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓕᒫᑎᑦ ᒥᔅᑕ ᑯᓘᒃ ᑖᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᓱᐊᓗᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑦ, research staff ᓴᓇᔨᓕᒫᕗᑦ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᕈᒪᔭᒃᑲ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖕᒥᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᕆᔨᐅᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥᑦ ᑖᒃᑯᐊᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᑐᓵᔨᑯᓗᐃᑦ, ᐃᓛᓐᓂᒃ ᐅᖁᒪᐃᑦᑐᐊᓗᖕᒥᑦ ᐊᖅᑯᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑑᒐᓗᐊᑦ ᐅᑎᕈᓐᓇᕋᑦᑕ ᒫᓐᓇ ᐃᓗᐃᑦᑐᕈᕆᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᒪᑕ, ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ.

ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᖑᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᐅᖃᕈᒪᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᑯᓗᒃᑲ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᑎᕙᓚᐅᕋᒃᑭᑦ ᑭᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐃᑎᖅᐸᑦ ᑐᓐᖓᓱᒃᑎᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕ. ᕘᓇᑕᑦ ᑏᓐ, ᑐᓐᖓᓇᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᓕᕌᖓᑦᑕ ᑎᑭᒃᑳᒪᓗ ᐅᒃᑯᐃᓐᖔᖅᐸᖕᒪᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᒃᐳᑦ ᑭᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓗ ᐃᑎᕌᖓᑦ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᒍᑦ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᕘᓇᑕᑦ, ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ ᑐᓐᖓᓇᐃᓐᓇᖅᐸᒃᑲᕕᑦ.

ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᓪᓗᖅ ᑎᑭᒻᒪᑦ ᐅᖃᖅᑏ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓂᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᕕᑑᖅᑰᖏᒻᒪᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒍ ᑕᖃᐃᖅᓯᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᑲᓚᐅᕐᓂᐊᕋᒪ ᐅᖃᕈᒪᕗᖓ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᖁᓚᕐᓇᖏᑦᑐᖅ ᓯᕗᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᔾᔮᖏᒻᒪᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᓐᖏᑦᑐᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᓯᕐᓇᐅᓕᖅᐸᑕ ᓵᓕᓗ ᓂᕈᐊᕆᐊᖅᑐᓛᕐᒥᔪᒍᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᖃᕈᒪᔪᒍᒃ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᖅᖢᓄᒃ ᓄᓕᐊᕋᓗ ᑕᒪᔅᓯᓐᓂᓕᒫᑦᑎᐊᖅ ᑲᔪᓯᑦᑎᐊᖅᑕ ᓱᓕ, ᐅᓇ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᐊ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ unique-ᐊᔾᔨᐅᖏᒧᑦ ᒪᒃᑯᒃᑑᓪᓗᓂᓗᒎᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᒋᐊᖃᕋᑦᑎᒍᑦ. ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᑕᒪᔅᓯᑦᑎᐊᖅ. ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᐅᖃᖅᑏ.


ᐅᖃᖅᑎ (ᑐᓵᔨᑎᒍᑦ): ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ, ᒥᔅᑕ ᑰᓕ. ◉

Tagak Curley was the first president of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (now Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami). He was MLA for Keewatin South (later Aivilik) from 1979 to 1987, holding numerous cabinet posts including minister of economic development and tourism, minister of mines and resources secretariat, minister of public utilities, and minister of government services. He held leadership positions with the Inuit Cultural Institute, Nunasi Corporation, and the Nunavut Construction Corporation. Between 2004 and 2013 he served as MLA for Rankin Inlet North, holding cabinet positions as minister of health and social services, minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, and government house leader. Curley was awarded the Order of Canada in 2003 for his devotion to the economic and political development of the North.