Kunuk (Sandra) Inutiq is newly self-employed. She previously served as the Director of self-government at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), studying self-government for Nunavut. Before that, she was the Chief Negotiator for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association for the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area’s Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement. She has also worked as a Senior Associate for Inuit Nunangat at the Tides Canada Foundation (now known as MakeWay).
Inutiq has lived in various communities in Nunavut. She spent her childhood in Kangiqtualuk outpost camp and in Clyde River. In her youth she moved to Iqaluit, where she now lives. After graduating high school, she attended Nunavut Sivuniksavut, an Ottawa-based college program that teaches Inuit history, then returned to Iqaluit and took on a paralegal training position with Justice Canada. She then worked for Corrections with the Government of Nunavut, serving youth, before returning to school for an undergraduate law program at Carleton University for two years.
Inutiq received her law degree from Akitsiraq Law School in 2005, and in 2006, she became the first Inuk woman in Nunavut to pass the bar exam. She has worked as legal counsel for the Government of Nunavut, as the Director of Policy for the Office of the Languages Commissioner, and also served as the Official Languages Commissioner for Nunavut.
Shari Fox is of mixed settler decent, originally from Ontario, and has lived and worked most of her adult life in Nunavut. She is the Director of the Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre (Ittaq) in Clyde River, Nunavut and has worked with the community since 1999.
Shari is a geographer and research scientist with a background in both physical and social sciences. For 25 years, she has been dedicated to working on projects that centre Inuit knowledge and support Inuit leadership in research. She was a co-founding member of Ittaq in 2005 and has worked with Inuit on many local to international-scale projects across the Arctic. She holds bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Waterloo, a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, and completed a postdoc at Harvard University in Oceanography and the Kennedy School of Government. In addition to being the Director at Ittaq, Shari holds senior research appointments at Carleton University and the University of Colorado. A decade-long project she co-led with a team of Inuit, ‘The Meaning of Ice’, won the 2018 International Mohn Prize for “outstanding research related to the Arctic” and Shari was shortlisted for the 2022 Shackleton Medal for her work linking Indigenous and scientific knowledge systems. Shari loves being outdoors and on the land and is especially passionate about dog teaming, something she learned in Nunavut and has done for many years.