Marjorie Kaviq Kaluraq of Baker Lake has been nominated to succeed Elizabeth Copland as chair of the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB), subject to government approval.
Kaluraq had been serving as the board’s vice-chair and has been with NIRB since 2011. She’s an instructor of the Nunavut Teacher Education Program at Nunavut Arctic College and a 2018-19 Jane Glassco Fellow with the Gordon Foundation. She was selected for her “strong leadership potential, her history of community engagement and volunteerism, and her interest in public policy and activism as an effective means to positive change on issues facing the North,” according to a NIRB news release.
Kaluraq, who speaks Inuktitut and English, holds a bachelor of science degree with honours in environmental and resources science at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont. She’s currently enrolled in a masters of educational studies program, also at Trent University.
Copland is moving on to become Nunavut’s chief coroner as of April.