Minister of Justice
Minister of Culture and Heritage
Minister responsible for Qulliq Energy Corporation
Minister responsible for Immigration
Minister responsible for Labour
Minister of Languages
Minister responsible for the Liquor Licensing Board
Email: PaulOkalik [at] sinaamla [dot] ca
The Honourable Paul Okalik was elected in the general election held on October 28, 2013, to represent the constituency of Iqaluit-Sinaa in the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Mr. Okalik was elected to serve on the Executive Council during the November 15, 2013, proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Mr. Okalik was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2013.
Mr. Okalik previously sat in the Legislative Assembly from 1999-2011. Mr. Okalik served as the first Premier of Nunavut and Minister of Justice from 1999-2008. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Okalik served as a Regular Member of the Legislative Assembly. In this capacity, he introduced the Order of Nunavut Act, which was the first Private Member’s Bill to be passed by the Legislative Assembly. He subsequently served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2010-2011.
During the 1980s, Mr. Okalik served as Deputy Chief Negotiator and Special Assistant to the President of the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut during the negotiations with the Government of Canada which led to the historic signing in 1993 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
Mr. Okalik earned a degree in political science and Canadian studies from Carleton University and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. Mr. Okalik was called to the Nunavut Bar on February 12, 1999.
Mr. Okalik has three children: Shasta, Jordan and Beatrice, and one granddaughter, Brynn. His personal interests include hunting, fishing, golfing and lifelong learning. Mr. Okalik has been an active supporter and volunteer with the Iqaluit Soup Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity. Mr. Okalik is fluently bilingual in Inuktitut and English, and continues to work on his French proficiency.