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Member Biographies

Mr. Enookie Inuarak – CHAIR

Mr. Inuarak is a graduate of Arctic College’s Environment Technology program and is the Pond Inlet Community Director for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. He was elected to the position in 2012 and in this role he represents the community on the association’s Board of Directors. He has extensive experience travelling on the land and harvesting wildlife in the area of Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary and has a deep interest in contributing to the management of the area.

Mr. Elijah Panipakoochoo – MEMBER

Mr. Panipakoochoo was born on Devon Island in 1945. He moved to Pond Inlet in 1962 with his parents and eight siblings. Mr. Panipakoochoo was involved in the negotiation of the Nunavut Agreement and creation of the Sirmilik National Park, which overlaps with Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Mr. Panipakoochoo has participated in many Boards and Committees. He has been a member of the Mittimatalik Hunters and Trappers Organization since 1999 and is currently the Chairperson of Parks Canada’s Inuit Traditional Knowledge Working Group. Mr. Panipakoochoo is a long time hunter with vast knowledge of Bylot Island and its wildlife. He spent many years travelling by dog sled and snowmobile to Bylot Island where he camped and went hunting for caribou, seals and other marine mammals.

Mr. Jimmy Pitseolak – MEMBER

Mr. Pitseolak is a bilingual young man who was appointed to the Pond Inlet Community Lands and Resources Committee after he was elected to the Mittimatalik Hunters & Trappers Organization in 2012. He is very involved in the community and through his role with the HTO he is actively involved in the review of major projects proposed to occur in the Pond Inlet area. He spends a lot of time on the land harvesting wildlife in the Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary and surrounding area. It is an important area of harvesting for the community and its proper management is of great interest to him. He also has experience working in different communities with various parties such as Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Qikiqtaaluk Wildlife Board, Baffinland, Parks Canada and the hamlet.

Mr. Paniloo Sangoya – MEMBER

Paniloo Sangoya is a unilingual elder who is very active in his community. He was appointed to the Pond Inlet Community Lands and Resources Committee upon the committee’s creation and currently represents the elders of Pond Inlet on this committee. He has participated in Arctic College’s Environmental Technology program, is active in the review of projects occurring in the Pond Inlet area and he has participated in Inuit knowledge studies. Through his experience traveling and harvesting wildlife in and around Bylot Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Mr. Sangoya is very knowledgeable about the area and the species found within it and he has a deep interest in participating in the management of the Sanctuary.

Ms. Elizabeth Quassa – MEMBER

Elizabeth Quassa was born and raised in Pond Inlet, NU. Ms. Quassa is currently working as a Student Support Assistant at Nasivvik High School and is a member of the CLARC. For the last three years, Ms. Quassa has represented youth of the Qikiqtaaluk region under the Mary River Project Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement between Baffinland and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. Her role as the youth representative has been an amazing journey for her and has given her valuable experience working with IIBAs, industry and environmental issues in north Baffin. She enjoys camping out on the land and going hunting and fishing. Ms. Quassa’s youthful perspective paired with her passion to work with elders and youth and to take on new challenges will be a benefit to the Asungasungaat ACMC.

Ms. Julia Prokopick – VICE-CHAIR

Julia Prokopick comes from a small northern town called Kapuskasing in Ontario.  She moved to Iqaluit with her partner in early 2016 where she began working for the Canadian Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist on a casual/term basis.  She temporarily moved to Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada in spring 2017 where she worked in Environmental Assessment.  In early spring 2019, she returned to the Canadian Wildlife Service in an indeterminate role as Protected Areas Specialist.  Julia has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Ottawa.  Since Julia has been working with CWS she has had opportunity to work with several Area Co-Management Committees and has participated in some Species at Risk consultations.  Her enthusiasm and good nature make her a great please to work with.  Julia has been working with Asungasungaat ACMC and is supporting the Isulijaqniq ACMC Vice-Chair as they navigate through the management planning process. 

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