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Inuvialuit Regional Corporation 


Inuvialuit Regional Corporation was established with the overall responsibility of managing the affairs of the settlement as outlined in the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). Its mandate is to continually improve the economic, social and cultural well-being of the Inuvialuit through implementation of the IFA and by all other available means.

Through a democratic process, Inuvialuit beneficiaries directly control the IRC and its subsidiaries. Each Inuvialuit community - Aklavik, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tuktoyaktuk and Ulukhaktok - has a community corporation (CC) with elected directors. The directors of the six community corporations elect the Chair/Chief Executive Officer of IRC. The Chairs of each CC, together with the Chair of IRC, form the IRC Board of Directors.

Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) Nellie Cournoyea

Nellie Cournoyea is the Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC). The corporation was established in 1985 with the mandate to receive the Inuvialuit lands and financial compensation resulting from the 1984 land claim settlement. Today it has assets in excess of $492 million.

Before her election as Chair of IRC, Ms. Cournoyea was Premier of the Northwest Territories for four years beginning November 1991. Representing the riding of Nunakput from 1979 to November 1995, Ms. Cournoyea held a number of portfolios including:


♦ Minister of Health and Social Services
♦ Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation
♦ Minister of Renewable Resources
♦ Minister of Culture and Communications
♦ Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
♦ Minister of Public Works and Highways
♦ Minister Responsible for Workers’ Compensation Board

Born in Aklavik in 1940, Ms. Cournoyea was educated through the Federal Aklavik Day School by Alberta correspondence courses. She worked at CBC Inuvik for nine years as an announcer and station manager and was a land claim fieldworker for the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). Ms. Cournoyea was a founding member, and later administrator and land rights worker, of the Committee of Original Peoples’ Entitlement (COPE).

Ms. Cournoyea was the first managing director of the Inuvialuit Development Corporation after being part of the land rights negotiating team. She also held the position of implementation coordinator for the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA) for several years, and served on the Board of Directors of Inuvialuit Petroleum Corporation, Inuvialuit Development Corporation, the Enrolment Authority and Arbitration Board. Having decided not to run in the 1995 NWT election, Ms. Cournoyea returned to the Beaufort-Delta where she was elected Chair and Chief
Executive Officer of IRC in 1996. In January 2008, she returned for a seventh two-year term.

In a volunteer capacity, Ms. Cournoyea served as a director of the Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre in Inuvik and a founding member of the Northern Games Society. Continuing volunteer commitments include work in Inuvialuit historical and cultural activities.

Appointments include the Chair of the Inuvik Regional Health and Social Services Authority, 1996 to 2004; Chair of the Aboriginal Pipeline Working Group, 2000 to 2002. She still remains on the Executive Committee.
Awards received included:

♦ Woman of the Year Award (NWT Native Women’s Assn.), 1982
♦ Wallace Goose Award (Inuvialuit Regional Corporation), 1986
♦ National Aboriginal Achievement Award, 1994
♦ Honorary Doctorates in Law (Lakehead University 1995, Carleton University 1996, University of Toronto 1996, University of Lethbridge 2001 and University of Alberta 2004)
♦ Canadian Energy Person of the Year (Energy Council of Canada), 2004
♦ Northern Medal Award (Governor General of Canada), 2008
♦ Officer of the Order of Canada (Governor General of Canada), 2008

(bio & photo courtesy of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation)


Aklavik Community Corporation
, Mr. Billy Archie, Chair 
Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation, Mr. Vince Teddy, Chair
Inuvik Community Corporation, Mr. Duane Smith, Chair
Sachs Harbour Community Corporation, Mr. Vernon Amos, Chair
Paulatuk Community Corporation, Mr. Lawrence Ruben, Chair
Ulukhaktok Community Corporation, Mr. Colin Okheena, Chair


Languages: Inuvialuktun, English, Inuinnaqtun, Gwich’in.

Contact Information:     Bag Service #21
                                       Inuvik NT
                                       X0E 0T0
                                       Ph: (867) 777-7000
                                       Fax: (867) 777-7001
                                       Website: http://www.irc.inuvialuit.com









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