Paul Okalik

Paul Okalik’s journey has been a long and important one. Returning to school as a mature student he went on to become the Premier of Nunavut’s first government and was re-elected for a second term in 2004. Overseeing the coming of a new age for the Inuit of Northeastern Canada, Okalik facilitated Nunavut’s transformation with its consensus based governance system, which has run smoothly since its inception in 1999. Vigorously working to protect the language of his people, Okalik brings over 20 years of negotiation experience to his post. Earning an Honours PHD of Law from Carlton University in 1999, Okalik is also the first Inuk lawyer in the history of both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.