Tagak Curley was born in Coral Harbour, Canada in 1944. His father raised him to know the traditions and lifestyle of the Inuit, while at the same time stressing an education in English and nonaboriginal life. From 1966 to 1970, Curley worked as a community development officer with the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development which allowed him to help organize the Inuit and develop their leadership. He served as the Repulse Bay settlement manager from 1970 to 1971 and also acted as editor of the Keewatin Echo, the first English-Inuktitut newspaper in Canada. In 1971, was a cofounder and first president of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (ITC), today called the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). From 1979 to 1987 Curley served as member of the Northwest Territories legislative assembly, where he held numerous cabinet posts.

Since 1997 Curley has served as president of the Nunavut Construction Corporation (NCC), an Inuit organization responsible for construction projects throughout the Nunavut territory.

In addition to the respect of his fellow people, Curley has garnered numerous accolades for his work, including a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1998 for his contributions in the field of business and commerce and an appointment to the Order of Canada in 2003 for his decades of work to grant the Inuit their own organization.

Katie Breen

See also Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Further Reading (Indian and Northern

Affairs Canada, 2000) (National Aboriginal

Achievement Foundation) Windspeaker profiles of outstanding Aboriginal people. www. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK),

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