Minister seeks Inuit and women for Nunavut Housing Corp board

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The Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) is actively recruiting Inuit and women to fill vacancies on its board of directors.

The minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation Patterk Netser says stronger Inuit representation on the corporation’s board will benefit Inuit and enable it to better realize its mandate to improve housing opportunities for Nunavummiut.
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“Inuit represent 85 per cent of Nunavut’s population, which should be reflected on NHC’s board of Directors. Stronger Inuit representation will benefit Inuit and enable NHC to better realize its mandate to improve housing opportunities for Nunavummiut,” stated the minister responsible for the corporation Patterk Netser.

The corporation is accepting applications for three board vacancies. Each comes with a three-year term. Currently, four positions are filled, among those are two Inuit, one of whom is a woman. A second woman sits on the board.

“Where possible, the board should have gender balance,” stated board vice chair Kathy Hanson. “In our communities and across the territory, women contribute their skills and knowledge and we’d like more of it at the NHC board level.”

The corporation encourages “individuals with vision, passion, and leadership skills who have experience with housing, construction, finance or governance in a Northern context to apply.”

“Experience as a board member isn’t required, and we do provide board training,” said senior policy analyst Anna Kirbyson by email.

Board members are expected to attend two-to-three in-person meetings each year, as well as two-to-three teleconference meetings. The corporation follows the Government of Nunavut’s honoraria policy.

The deadline to submit a resume and cover letter is Oct. 1.

Board members are recommended by the minister and appointed by cabinet.