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Inuvialuit Regional Corporation offers condolences on the loss of Eddie T. Dillon, Chair of the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation

May 11, 2020 - Inuvialuit Regional Corporation offers its deepest condolences to the family, the community of Tuktoyaktuk and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region on the loss of Eddie T. Dillon.

“This loss is very difficult and our thoughts are now with the family.  We all prayed for his continued health and just benefited from Eddie’s guidance during the IRC Board meeting in April.  IRC hoped to continue to rely on his strength, integrity, and sharp political and business acumen for much, much longer,” IRC Chair and CEO Duane Smith said.  “Eddie Dillon demanded results and concrete details for the benefit of all Inuvialuit and never shied from the really tough discussions, then ensured in the end we all came together.  He reminded us of our responsibilities, what was most important and to face our challenges as one.”

A member of the Committee for Original People's Entitlement (C.O.P.E.) that successfully negotiated the Inuvialuit Final Agreement with Canada (the first comprehensive land claim agreement signed north of the 60th parallel and only the second in Canada at that time), Eddie continuously served Inuvialuit and his community in many leadership roles and was currently the elected Chair of the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation and Secretary-Treasurer on the IRC Board of Directors.  Mr. Dillon first served on the IRC Board of Directors beginning in 1994.  

In 1985 Eddie participated in a protest of an American Icebreaker in Northwest Passage with a Council of Canadians to assert sovereignty and to prevent any mishaps in home Arctic waters.  He continued to remind all stakeholders that this was the Inuvialuit Region and used the Inuvialuit Final Agreement as his guiding document.

We will remember Eddie Dillon and grieve his loss - remembering his advice, the principles which he valued and forge ahead with this backing and encouragement as we serve and uphold the best interests of Inuvialuit.