Terry Audla is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the national organization representing 55,000 Inuit across Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador) and the Inuvialuit settlement region of the Northwest Territories.
He was born in Frobisher Bay (now Iqaluit), and raised in Resolute Bay, the son of High Arctic Exiles relocated from Inukjuak, Quebec, in the early 1950s.
Mr. Audla has dedicated his career to the implementation of Inuit land claims agreements and the growth of economic opportunities for Inuit, first with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), the organization representing 13 communities on Baffin Island an in Nunavut’s High
Arctic, and later with the territorial land claims body Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI).
In 2011, he was named executive director of NTI, the organization formed to administer the terms of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and ensure that all parties to the agreement fulfill their obligations. There, he finalized a resource revenue policy and deposited the first royalty payment, $2.2 million, into that policy’s Trust.
As lands manager, and later, executive director of QIA over a period of 10 years, he oversaw the management of Inuit-owned lands and helped develop a common Inuktitut terminology for lands management. He also launched a court injunction to stop seismic testing in Lancaster Sound, the eastern segment of the Northwest Passage.
In 1998, Mr. Audla was seconded to the Government of the Northwest Territories Office of the Interim Commissioner, where he aided in the transition to the newly created Government of Nunavut and managed the implementation of territorial obligations under the NLCA. He also participated in an independent fiveyear review of the NLCA, and negotiated the Nunavummi Nanngminigaqtunit Ikajuuti (NNI) Policy, which helps Inuit firms obtain government contracts in the territory.
Mr. Audla has also worked as a police officer in the Nunavik communities of Kuujjuaraapik and Akulivik. He is a graduate of the Environmental Technology Program at Nunavut Arctic College and has studied at the Banff School of Advanced Management.
He was elected to a three-year term as President of ITK in June 2012.