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Meet the Minister of Finance

Honourable David Akeeagok

David Akeeagok was elected in the October 30, 2017, territorial elections as Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut for Quttiktuq. On November 21, 2017, he was appointed as Minister of Finance, Minister responsible for the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission, Minister responsible for the Liquor Commission and Minister responsible for the Liquor Licensing Board.

He believes in working from a foundation of Inuit knowledge and culture, and in applying Inuit knowledge and values to help find solutions to current issues and challenges.

David’s career has included key positions in the Nunavut government, including Secretary to Cabinet, Deputy Minister of Environment, Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy Minister of Community and Government Services, Deputy Minister of Culture, Language Elders and Youth, and various Assistant Deputy Minister positions.

David was Chief Negotiator for the Government of Nunavut in devolution negotiations with the federal government, and for the Government of Nunavut on the Implementation Contract for the Nunavut Agreement. He was also part of the Inuit negotiating team for the National Parks Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement. He has a proven history of success in fostering teamwork and collaboration, both within the Government of Nunavut and with external partners.

David and his wife, Carol, have seven children. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he is adamant about protecting the environment, water and wildlife, so that future generations can benefit from and enjoy them. David was raised in Grise Fiord, Nunavut, but now resides in Iqaluit with his family.