Ottawa, Canada – The President of ICC Canada, Monica Ell-Kanayuk expressed her deepest condolences on the passing of Joe Enook, Speaker of the Nunavut Legislature and Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Tununiq. Enook died on Friday in an Ottawa hospital following a brief illness. He was 61 years old.
“I’m very saddened to hear of his passing,” said Monica Ell-Kanayuk. “Joe brought a sense of great calm to the Nunavut legislature. It was an honour to serve with him for many years. His dedication to our language was evident as he spoke Inuktitut in the legislature. On behalf of everyone at ICC Canada we express our deepest condolences to his family and the entire community of Pond Inlet, and across Nunavut.”
Joe Enook was first elected to the Nunavut Legislature in a 2011 by-election. He was re-elected twice. He was also Executive Assistant to the President of NTI from 1994-2000, and President of Nunasi Corporation from 2000 – 2011.
The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is an Indigenous Peoples’ Organization (IPO), founded in 1977 to promote and celebrate the unity of 160,000 Inuit from Alaska (USA), Canada, Greenland, and Chukotka (Russia). ICC works to promote Inuit rights, safeguard the Arctic environment, and protect and promote the Inuit way of life. In regard to climate change, we believe that it is crucial for world leaders and governments to recognize, respect and fully implement the human rights of Inuit and all other Indigenous peoples across the globe.