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SUBJECT: President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to give public lecture at Memorial University
DATE: Oct. 12, 2004

Note to editors:

Jose A. Kusugak, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, will give a public presentation titled The Inuit of Canada: Charting the Future in the New Millennium on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004. The lecture will begin in room E-1020, in the Education Building, located on Memorial's St. John's campus. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. William Andersen III, president of the Labrador Inuit Association, will provide a brief prepared address and PowerPoint at this lecture and will highlight the status of the LIA’s land claims agreement. He will also formally introduce ITK President Kusugak. Free parking is available in Area 16A (located on the north side of the campus) and $2 parking is available in Area 3 (gated lot off Westerland Road).

Mr. Kusugak was born in Naujaat (RepulseBay), located on the Arctic Circle. He is the second eldest of seven brothers and four sisters and attended school in Chesterfield Inlet and Churchill and attended high school in Saskatoon. Jose Kusugak first became involved with the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (then Inuit Tapirisat of Canada) in the early 1970s to work on the standardization of the Inuit writing system. Because project funding was delayed, Mr. Kusugak worked as an assistant to then president Tagak Curley, introducing the concept of land claims to Inuit in the Arctic. In 1974 Mr. Kusugak went to Alaska to study the Alaska land claims and traveled the Inuvialuit region as part of the land use and occupancy study tour. From late 1974 to 1977, Mr. Kusugak chaired the standardization program of the Inuktitut language; from 1980 to 1990, he was the area manager of CBC in the Kivalliq (Keewatin) region, and from 1994 to 2000 he was the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, an affiliate of ITC. He was elected president of ITK in June 2000.

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