Volunteer Board

In 2008, a group of dedicated Inuit volunteers incorporated the Manitoba Urban Inuit Association (now known as the Manitoba Inuit Association). Since then, we have worked to obtain financial support, connect with Manitoba organizations, conduct research and lay the ground work to start linking Inuit to a range of services that meet the needs of both long-term Inuit residents, and newly arrived Inuit.

Board Members 2018

Fred Ford (President/Board Chair)

Fred was born in Ontario, but lived in Baker Lake for 25 years, connecting to his family from the Kivalliq region in Nunavut, where his father was born. His grandmother was from Labrador (now Nunatsiavut). He was educated at Brock and York Universities and went North in 1980 where he remained, until he and his wife Gela relocated to Winnipeg in 2006. Fred has a long career working with Inuit artists - in both visual and performance art. He and is now officially 'retired', putting in many volunteer hours supporting MIA and various other organizations dedicated to promoting art, music and community in Winnipeg.

Marissa Ford (Secretary/Treasurer)

Marissa was born in Churchill, Manitoba to parents of Inuit and Cree ancestry, tracing her Inuit roots to Nunavut and Nunatsiavut. From 2011 to 2013, Marissa worked for MIA as the first membership and events coordinator, a part time job she held while completing her studies in Business Administration at Red River College. Today, she works in Finance at the Richardson International, and has recently returned to MIA as Board Treasurer.

Mary Nirlungayuk - Vice President

Mary grew up in the remote community of Kugaaruk, formerly Pelly Bay, in the central Arctic. She moved to Winnipeg in 1998 and is fluent in Inktitut. In 1981, Mary joined the Co-operative System in the Arctic as the Office Manager of the Koomiut Co-op in Kugaaruk, Nunavut. In 2000, Mary joined Arctic Co-operatives Limited. Presently, Mary oversees and administers the democratic structure of Arctic Co-op and manages the departments of Office Services, Corporate Travel and Communication.

Maxine Angoo - Board Member

Maxine grew up in the remote community of Whale Cove, in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. She moved to Winnipeg in 2009 and is fluent in Inuktitut. In 2017, Maxine joined the research team at Ongomiizwin Research - Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing at the University of Manitoba. She is the Community Liaison with the Qanuinngitsiarutiksait: Inuit in Manitoba Project. This is "one-of-a-kind" Inuit-specific research on Inuit living outside Inuit Nunangat. The study looks at Inuit Health in Manitoba and how to better support their healthcare experience while accessing health services in the province. Presently, Maxine oversees all community engagement and community development efforts on the project, with Inuit living in Winnipeg and its surrounding areas.

Peter Clark - Board Member