Each year, all James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) beneficiaries aged 15 to 35 years old are called on to vote.

This year, 2 positions were filled by acclamation. QYC was looking to elect a Vice-President, 2 Hudson Strait Representatives and there was 1 candidate for Vice-President seat, and 1 candidate for Hudson Strait Representative seats. As it stands now, there is a vacancy for 1 position representing the Hudson Strait coast.

The elections were held on October 11, 2023, and the Call for Nominations which must be at least 20 working days before the Election date according to QYC by-laws, was launched on September 13, 2023 via Facebook and also local and reginal radio announcements.

Ms. Alison Mesher, 28 years old from Kuujjuaq, Qc. and Lena Ezekiel, 31 years old From Quaqtaq, Qc were acclaimed since they were the only nominations for this year’s elections. Ms. Mesher has the Vice-President seat until October 2026 and Ms. Ezekiel the Hudson Strait Representative seat also until October 2026.

Finally, Ms. Elena Mesher, from Kuujjuaq will soon be joining the Board after her maternity leave since last November, and she will be representing the Ungava coast, with Ms. Anita Annanack, until October 2025.

Special thank you to Ms. Megan Gordon who was hired as Chief Returning Officer on September 9, 2023 to manage externally all the election process.

Our organization is very pleased with its new dynamic leadership team and we are hopeful and excited for the future of our organization!

Board of Directors Responsibilities –
3-year term

  • Representing and promoting Qarjuit Youth Council’s mission and values;
  • Representing the Youth from 5 Communities with-in your respective Coast;
  • To develop contacts of individuals with-in their respective communities of representation;
  • To keep up to date on a regular basis key individuals and organizations with information related to the Qarjuit Youth Council;
  • To assist and be proactively involved in 10 monthly teleconference calls and face-to-face meetings and Annual General Meetings;
  • To keep a record of concerns and needs; of each of the communities within their coastal regions;
  • To ensure full representation of each of their constituent communities at the Qarjuit Youth Council;
  • To visit, at least once per year all the communities with-in their coasts to provide an information session of the activities of the Qarjuit Youth Council;

Executives responsibilities –
3-year term

The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Council, shall exercise a general supervision over the affairs of the Council, sign all documents requiring her or his signature, accomplish any inherent duties related to the position and exercise all the powers which may be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.

The Vice-President assists the President in his or her duties and may also exercise such rights and perform such duties as may be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors. In the absence or inability to act of the President, the Vice-President shall have and exercise all the duties and powers of the President.

In the absence or inability to act of the President and the Vice-President, the Secretary-Treasurer shall have and exercise all the duties and powers of the President.

  • Overseeing the keeping of all of the Council’s correspondence and documents;
  • Overseeing the keeping of the corporate records of the Council;
  • Giving all required notices of meetings of the Council;
  • Preparing and keeping the minutes of all the meetings of the Members of the Council, of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee;
  • Keeping a register of all the Members of the Council;
  • Submitting an annual activity report of the Council to the Board of Directors;
  • Keep a record of attendance and ensure that the provisions of Section 4.04 b) are being enforced; and
  • Prepare and submit the budget of the Council for approval by the Board of Directors;
  • Supervising the collection and deposit of the funds of the Council;
  • Keeping a complete set of all financial records of the Council;
  • Keeping complete and accurate books of account of the Council;
  • Report to the BOD, on a quarterly basis, on the use of the funds of the Council;
  • Supervising the Council’s funds and ensuring that they are spent as authorized by the Board of Directors;
  • Preparing financial statements and submitting these financial statements to the Board of directors prior to the Annual General Meeting of the Council;
  • Ensure of the appropriate financial management of the Council and where required, utilize the assistance of Makivvik Corporation’s finance department;
  • Exercising such rights and performing such duties as may be determined by resolution of the Board of Directors.