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Inuit leader hopes ‘spotty’ record of working with bureaucrats improves with Inuit Nunangat Policy – APTN News

Apr 23, 2022

‘There has not been an obligation to understand within the federal public service in any co-ordinated way, and this changes that.’

Whether in Nunavut, his home region of Nunatsiavut, or now in Ottawa as president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Natan Obed has spent his career sitting across tables from federal politicians and their bureaucrats.

He’s worked with many who’ve expressed keen personal interest in understanding the Inuit world.

“But then I’ve also experienced and witnessed many departments or many individuals that just didn’t necessarily care,” said Obed in an interview, “or understand the Inuit reality in relation to First Nations or Métis.”

It’s this lack of understanding that Obed, now in his third term leading the national advocacy organization, hopes the Inuit Nunangat Policy, which was endorsed formally by Inuit leaders and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a Thursday meeting in Ottawa, fixes.

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