Elisapee Sheutiapik is a Canadian politician, who served as mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut, from 2003 to 2010,[1] and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2017 general election.[2]

Elisapee Sheutiapik
Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut
In office
2003 – December 13, 2010
Preceded byJohn Matthews
Succeeded byMadeleine Redfern
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
In office
October 30, 2017 – September 20, 2021
Preceded byPaul Okalik
Succeeded byJanet Brewster
Personal details



She won the mayoral election in 2003, defeating the incumbent mayor John Matthews by 40 votes, and was acclaimed to a second term in 2006.

On 10 September 2008, CBC North reported that Sheutiapik would be taking a leave of absence to run in the Nunavut election.[3][4] She ran in Iqaluit West, which had the highest voter turnout at 90.2 per cent, but was defeated by incumbent MLA Paul Okalik by 44 votes.[5][6][7] She subsequently returned to the mayor's chair.

On 19 October 2009, Sheutiapik won a third term as mayor of Iqaluit. Her opponent was former city councillor Jim Little, who took 42.3% of the vote as opposed to 57.7% for Sheutiapik.[8] On November 9, 2010, she announced her resignation as mayor effective December 13.[9] She was succeeded by Madeleine Redfern.[10]

In the 2017 Nunavut territorial election, Sheutiapik again faced off against Okalik in the riding of Iqaluit-Sinaa. This time, she won with 44.8% of the vote, defeating him with 237 votes to 150, as well as two other candidates.[2]



Sheutiapik, whose sister Mary Ann was murdered by an abusive relative in 1997, has collaborated with Iqaluit-based rock singer Lucie Idlout on a national project to have cities across Canada name a city street "Angel" as a memorial to Canadian victims of domestic violence.[11] As of 2014, cities that have named Angel Streets as part of the campaign included St. John's, Edmonton, Regina, Fredericton, Yellowknife and Kamloops.[12]

Electoral record

2008 Nunavut general election
[7] Name Vote %
  Paul Okalik 340 53.5%
  Elisapee Sheutiapik 296 46.5%
Total Valid Ballots 636 100%
Voter Turnout % Rejected Ballots


  1. ^ "Iqaluit's number one woman: Elisapee Sheutiapik". Nunatsiaq News. March 4, 2005. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "New faces, and a record number of women, will make up Nunavut's next legislature". CBC North. October 30, 2017. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  3. ^ "Iqaluit mayor sets sights on premier's seat". CBC News. September 10, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Iqaluit mayor takes on Okalik". Northern News Services. September 15, 2008. Archived from the original on January 20, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Okalik squeaks past mayor in Iqaluit West race". CBC News. October 27, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Nunavut Premier wins seat in heated election race". The Globe and Mail. October 28, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "2008 General Election Official Results" (PDF). Elections Nunavut. p. 3. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  8. ^ "Sheutiapik re-elected Iqaluit mayor". CBC News. October 19, 2009. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  9. ^ "Iqaluit mayor Sheutiapik resigns". CBC News. November 10, 2010. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  10. ^ "Madeleine Redfern elected Iqaluit mayor". CBC News. December 14, 2010. Retrieved 2015-10-15.
  11. ^ "City names street in honour of domestic violence victims". The Daily Gleaner. November 14, 2008. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011.
  12. ^ Varga, Peter (October 17, 2014). "Former Iqaluit mayor promises to revive Angel Street anti-violence campaign". Nunatsiaq News.