Madeleine Redfern

Madeleine Rednern

Madeleine Redfern is Co-President of CanArctic Inuit Network, President of the Ajungi Consulting Group, Chair of the Nunavut Legal Services Board, Advisor to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, a Trudeau Foundation Board Member, Co-Chair with the Gordon Munk Arctic Security Program, and a Board member of Maliiganik Legal Aid. Madeleine is the former Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut (2015 - 2019), a position she also held from 2010 to 2012. A native of Iqaluit, Ms. Redfern holds Law degrees from Akitsiraq Law School and the University of Victoria. She was the first Inuit to work as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.

In Iqaluit, she is a businessperson and a strong social advocate for transformative initiatives. Madeleine has a great deal of governance and volunteer experience with Aboriginal and Inuit organizations, including, as Secretary-Treasurer of the Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation, President of the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, founding Board Member of Ottawa Inuit Headstart, and founding member of the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre. She was also Executive Director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, which reviewed the “effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit” between the 1950s and 1980s. Her advocacy, professional, and governance work has shown her dedication and passion toward the development and delivery of programs assisting Aboriginal, Inuit, northerners and Canadians that reflect community values, needs, and priorities.

Course offered: 

Policy Case Study: Nunavut Land Claims Agreement & Nunavut


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