Jose Kusugak

Jose Kusugak – Inuit, language activist, broadcaster

Jose Kusugak helped establish a standard writing system for Inuktitut.

He became President of Nunavut Tunngavik and helped negotiate the Nunavut Land Claim which led to the establishment of Nunavut in 1999.

He first coined the phrase “First Canadians, Canadians First”, which is used to describe the place of Inuit within Canada.

His contribution is honoured annually by a scholarship in his name established by NTI.