A former mayor of Iqaluit and trained in law, Ms. Redfern is a strong social advocate for Aboriginal, Inuit, and Northerners’ values and rights.
Currently working as a consultant, Madeleine Redfern was the mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut, from December 2010 to end-2012. She originates from Iqaluit and is a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law School. She also holds an LLB from the University of Victoria. Madeleine was the first Inuk to work as a clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Madeleine is a strong social advocate and businessperson. She has substantial governance and volunteer experience with Aboriginal and Inuit organizations, including the Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation, where she was secretary-treasurer; the Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, where she was president; Ottawa Inuit Headstart, of which she was a founding member; and the Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre, of which she was also a founding member. Until recently, Madeleine held the position of executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, a body that reviewed the effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit between the 1950s and the 1980s. Madeleine’s advocacy, professional, and governance work show her dedication to and passion for the development and delivery of programs that assist Aboriginal, Inuit, northerners and Canadians and reflect their values, needs, and priorities.