Paul Okalik, Inuk, 1964-

He was a researcher and negotiator for the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut and Deputy Chief Negotiator and Special Assistant to the President of the Federation; he played an important role in achieving the 1993 settlement that resulted in the creation of Nunavut in 1999 and participated in its complex implementation. He helped create the Inuit Heritage Trust, the Nunavut Implementation Training Committee, the Nunavut Social Development Council and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board. In 1999 he was elected Member for Iqualuit West of the first Legislative Assembly of Nunavut and became Nunavut’s first premier of. He served as Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Justice. A longer biography appears in Native Leaders of Canada.

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