About the Premier

P.J. Akeeagok was elected as Premier of Nunavut by the sixth assembly in November 2021. He is a first time MLA, elected to represent the constituency of Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu with 84 per cent of the vote. Previously, he served for seven years as the President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. He was first elected as QIA President in December 2014 and re-elected in December 2018.
As QIA President, Akeeagok initiated numerous new projects and programs in Qikiqtani. He negotiated a successful Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement for Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area, and other companion agreements for interim protection of Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area, these areas encompass Canada's largest bodies of protected waters. Akeeagok also secured an acknowledgement and apology from the Government of Canada for the colonial policies and practices imposed on Qikiqtani Inuit from 1950 to 1975. The apology was accompanied with an initial investment and a Memorandum of Understanding for additional funds in the future to address healing, cultural awareness, and preservation initiatives.
Originally from Canada's most northern community, Grise Fiord, Akeeagok has devoted his career to representing Nunavummiut. Prior to becoming QIA's president, Akeeagok served in numerous roles with Inuit organizations, including as assistant executive director at QIA, assistant director of communications for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and project coordinator at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
Premier Akeeagok is married with three children. He is an avid harvester who enjoys time on-the-land.