Ûssarĸak K'ujaukitsoĸ

Ûssarĸak K'ujaukitsoĸ
Member of Inatsisartut
In office
Personal details
Born(1948-02-10)10 February 1948
Died 2 August 2018(2018-08-02) (aged 70)
Spouse(s) Inger Kristiansen (m.1970–2018, his death)
Children Vittus Qujaukitsoq

Ûssarĸak K'ujaukitsoĸ (Greenlandic pronunciation:  [uːsɑqːak qujaːkit͡sɔq] ; 10 February 1948 – 2 August 2018) was a Greenlandic politician for Siumut party. [1] [2]

Ûssarĸak K'ujaukitsoĸ was the son of K'ujaukitsoĸ K'ujaukitsoĸ and his wife Eĸilana. His grandfather was Inukitsupaluk K'ujaukitsoĸ (1890-1967) [3] , who participated in expeditions by Robert Edwin Peary, Knud Rasmussen and Lauge Koch [4] and was the son of K'ujaukitsoĸ and his wife Aimainalik. [5] On 15 February 1970, he married the economist Inger Kristiansen and the couple had one son Vittus Qujaukitsoq  (da ), who had been Greenland Minister of Finance (2013–2014) and of Business, Labor, Trade and Foreign Affairs (2014–2017).

Ûssarĸak K'ujaukitsoĸ went to school in Qaanaaq and was trained as a salesman in Aasiaat in 1964. In 1966 he left Greenland to visit the commercial school in Ikast, Denmark. After a year he returned to Aasiaat, then to Qaanaaq, where he finally worked as a warehouse manager. He witnessed the crash of a B-52 near Thule Air Base in 1968 at a close range, which became his life-defining political issue along with the 1953 American expulsion from his birthplace for the construction of Thule Air Base. In 1971 he was first elected to the council of the community Qaanaaq, where he sat for many years, partly as vice mayor. From 1984 to 1995 he sat in Inatsisartut. [6]

Ûssarĸak K'ujaukitsoĸ was the chairman of the interest group "Hingitaq 53 for the rights of Inughuit", expelled in 1953. He filmed the 2003 film Aulahuliat, which reproduces images of the dispute between Inughuit and Americans and was shown in 2012 in Berlin at the premiere of the film festival Greenland Eyes. [7] For his decades of service, he received the Nersornaat in silver on 9 August 2016. [8]