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Natan Obed

President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Natan Obed is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national organization representing Inuit in Canada. Originally from Nain, Nunatsiavut, he has devoted his career to protecting Inuit rights, culture, knowledge, language, and environment. He continues to advocate for Inuit self-determination in climate policy within Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland comprised of the land claims regions of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. In 2019, under Mr. Obed’s presidency, ITK launched an Inuit-led response to climate change, the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy. It was accompanied by a $1 million implementation budget from the Government of Canada. The strategy outlines priority areas for Inuit, and calls for coordinated climate policy and decision making that improves Inuit quality of life.