Nunatsiavut Mourns Passing of First Elected President, Jim Lyall (Audio)

Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe on behalf of Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, extended his heart-felt condolences to the family and friends of former Nunatsiavut President and Minister, Jim Lyall, who passed away on May the 13th in the morning.

Born in Nutak in northern Labrador in 1945, Jim and his family were forced to move, against their will, south of Nain when he was 11 years old, as part of the provincial government’s resettlement program.

From 1977 to 1981, Mr. Lyall was employed as Executive Director of the Labrador Inuit Association, before assuming the role as Postmaster for Canada Post in Nain – a position he held for seven years.

In May of 2017, Mr. Lyall was acclaimed as an Ordinary Member for the Constituency of Nain when no other candidates came forward to run in a byelection after the seat had been vacated. He was elected to the position a year later and served as Minister of Language, Culture and Tourism until his passing.

Mr. Lyall passed away just hours after his wife, Jean, at the Labrador Health Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“I know there are no words that will take away the sorrow and pain that the family is going through during this difficult time,” says President Lampe. “Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

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