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Iqaluit Municipal Council

Iqaluit Municipal Council is the governing body of the city of Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada. As of November 2012, the council consists of mayor John Graham and councillors Joanasie Akumalik, Kenny Bell, Terry Dobbin, Mark Morrissey, Simon Nattaq, Romeyn Stevenson and Mary Ekho Wilman.

From 1964 to 1979, Frobisher Bay was led by community council and chair.[1] After 1979–1980, Frobisher Bay had a town council and mayor and since 2001 a city council and a mayor.[2]

The council is elected fully at-large, with the mayor and all eight councillors elected citywide.


  • 2006-2009 1
  • 2009-2012 2
    • 2010 by-elections 2.1
  • 2012 election 3
  • Mayors and Council Chairs 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


  • Mayor: Elisapee Sheutiapik (acclaimed)
  • Glenn Williams
  • Jimmy Kilabuk
  • Marc Boudreau
  • Jim Little
  • David Alexander
  • Simon Nattaq
  • Claude Martel
  • Al Hayward

On 10 September 2008, CBC North reported that Sheutiapik would be taking a leave of absence to run in the upcoming Nunavut election.[3] She ran in Iqaluit West, which had the highest voter turnout at 90.2% but was defeated by incumbent MLA Paul Okalik by 44 votes.[4] She subsequently returned to the mayor's chair.


The 2009 municipal election was held on 19 October. Elisapee Sheutiapik and former councillor, Jim Little, were both running for mayor. Sheutiapik won with 57.7% of the vote to Little's 42.3%.[5]

For council, a total of 21 people ran for the eight seats. These included incumbents Glenn Williams, Jimmy Kilabuk, David Alexander, Simon Nattaq and Claude Martel. On the day of the election Alexander was shown with 597 votes, one more than Romeyn Stevenson.[6] However a recount was held and Stevenson gained five more votes for a total of 601.[7]

Name Total votes % Elected
Mary Ekho Wilman 1,002 9.7% Elected
David Ell 736 4.2% Elected
Jimmy Kilabuk 709 6.8% Elected
Simon Nattaq 709 6.8% Elected
Mary Akpalialuk 654 6.3% Elected
Mat Knicklebein 651 6.3% Elected
Natsiq Alainga-Kango 637 5.8% Elected
Romeyn Stevenson 601 5.8% Elected
David Alexander 597 4.2%
Glenn A. Williams 576 5.6%
Anthony (Tony) Rose 561 5.4%
Betty Brewster 526 2.7%
Nancy Gillis 436 6.2%
Caroline Anawak 432 5.1%
Eddie Rideout 318 3.1%
Brad Chambers 284 2.7%
David Eddie Devries 279 7.1%
Claude Martel 263 2.5%
Brian Willoughby 153 1.5%
Kathleen E. Marko 120 1.2%
Boazie Ootoova 107 1.0%

2010 by-elections

Incumbent mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik and councillor Natsiq Alainga-Kango both resigned in 2010, Sheutiapik for personal reasons and Alainga-Kango to run for the presidency of Nunavut Tunngavik.[9] A by-election on December 13, 2010 chose Madeleine Redfern to succeed Sheutiapik as mayor and Joanasie Akumalik to succeed Alainga-Kango on council.[9]

Iqaluit municipal by-elections, 2010
Name Vote %
Madeleine Redfern 377 30.26
Allen Hayward 314 25.20
Paul Kaludjak 314 25.20
Jim Little 241 19.34
Total Valid Ballots 1246 100%
Rejected ballots 16
Name Vote %
Joanasie Akumalik 758 60.54
Stephen Mansell 335 26.76
Ed Devries 159 12.70
Total Valid Ballots 1252 100%

2012 election

Iqaluit municipal election, 2012[10]
Name Total votes % Elected
John Graham 953 71% Elected
Allen Hayward 204 15% Not Elected
Noah Ooloonie Papatsie 184 14% Not Elected
Total Valid Ballots 1,341 100%
Rejected ballots 1
Name Total votes % Elected
Mary Ekho Wilman 1,070 12.9% Elected
Romeyn Stevenson 1,000 12.1% Elected
Joanasie Akumalik 924 11.2% Elected
Kenny Bell 921 11.1% Elected
Jimmy Kilabuk 918 11.1% Elected
Simon Nattaq 880 10.6% Elected
Terry Dobbin 808 9.8% Elected
Mark Morrissey 669 8.1% Elected
Lewis Falkiner MacKay 595 7.2% Not Elected
Ranbir S. Hundal 491 5.9% Not Elected
Total Valid Ballots 8,276 100%
Rejected ballots 42

Mayors and Council Chairs

From 1964 to 1979 the settlement was headed by a chair.

Village of Frobisher Bay 1964-1980

The Chair was renamed as mayor in 1979 and Frobisher Bay became a town in 1980.

Town of Frobisher Bay 1980-1987

  • Bryan Pearson 1979-1985

Town of Iqaluit 1987-2001

City status was granted in 2001.

City of Iqaluit


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Nunavut health minister Aglukkaq running for Tories"., September 10, 2008.
  4. ^ "Four ministers dumped; Okalik wins squeaker". Nunatsiaq News, October 30, 2008.
  5. ^ Sheutiapik re-elected Iqaluit mayor., October 20, 2009.
  6. ^ Iqaluit election recount called., October 20, 2009.
  7. ^ Alexander out after Iqaluit election recount., October 27, 2010.
  8. ^ "2009 Elections City of Iqaluit" (PDF). Google Docs/Kirt Ejesiak CRO. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  9. ^ a b "Madeleine Redfern elected Iqaluit mayor"., December 14, 2010.
  10. ^ "Iqaluit Elections 2012 Results". City of Iqaluit. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 

External links

  • City of Iqaluit
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