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Media Advisory - National voice of Canada's Inuit speaks at Queen's University

Monday, March 5, 2018

KINGSTON – Queen’s University welcomes Natan Obed as the guest speaker for the Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker series. Mr. Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit, is speaking on Canada’s renewed relationship with Indigenous people.


Mr. Obed is originally from Nain, the northernmost community in Labrador’s Nunatsiavut region, and now lives in Ottawa. For 10 years he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. He has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well being of Inuit in Canada.

The Margie and Tom Courchene Endowment Fund was established to create a permanent Speakers Series in the School of Policy Studies, to be known subsequently as the Tom Courchene Distinguished Speakers Series. The fund supports the costs of bringing eminent academics and public policy experts to Queen’s.


The lecture runs Tuesday, March 6 starting at 4 pm in Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202. The media are asked to confirm their attendance in advance.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca