Natan Obed wins second term as head of Canada’s national Inuit group

Canada’s national Inuit organization has re-elected Natan Obed as its leader.

The vote was taken Thursday in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

Former Inuk MP Peter Ittinuar and policy analyst Peter Williamson ran against Obed to lead the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), which represents 60,000 Inuit people across Canada.

This will be Obed’s second term. The 42-year-old father of two has brought greater profile to the concerns of Inuit as the federal government tries to reconcile with Indigenous people.

Before the election, Obed told APTN News the ITK is in the midst of creating a national housing strategy, which will address Inuit homelessness.

He has also not been afraid of controversy and has called for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League to change their name.

-With files from The Canadian Press