Lifetime Achievement (2014)
“Listen to others, talk to others, and give support to others, that’s how you can succeed.”
For over 45 years, James Eetoolook has dedicated his professional life to serving the people of his home community of Taloyoak. His numerous efforts have provided inspiration and service to other Indigenous people across the north and throughout Canada. Eetoolook was very involved in the negotiation of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement that reshaped Canada when he served as president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association. In his current position as Vice-President of the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., he works diligently to protect Inuit culture and heritage to ensure that the rights of all Inuit people are safeguarded. He has recently focused his work on championing issues of vital importance to Inuit people, specifically the environment and wildlife. In this capacity, he is the currently the Chair of the Inuit Wildlife and Environment Council.