Rachel Dutton, Executive Director (Manitoba Inuit Association)
Ms Dutton is the Executive Director at the Manitoba Inuit Association. She lived and worked in the high Arctic of Canada for 10 years working in the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut as the Mental Health/Addictions Specialist for the Kitikmeot Health and Social Services Board and later the Government of Nunavut.  She then joined the Government of the Northwest Territories in 2001 and worked as the Minister of Health and Social Services’ Advisor on Mental Health and Addiction Services.  There she lead a multi-disciplinary/multi-sectoral team of Departmental program specialists; CEO’s of 8 Health and Social Services Authorities,; Aboriginal Self Governments and Elders; and community stakeholders in the redesign and launch of the GNWT’s new mental health and addiction services in 2005. 

Since leaving the north in 2006, Rachel was the Senior Advisor on Northern Canada/First Nations, Inuit and Metis for the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, known as CCSA (2006-2013) and was involved in the development of the National Framework on Substance Abuse in Canada.  She created and co-chaired the first ever Elders Advisory Council for CCSA, which guided the federal agency in its national addictions research and provided “Elders in Residence” program to its executive team and staff.   Through her leadership at the CCSA, she co-published a 4-volume set of Inuit Traditional Knowledge books with Inuit Elder, Meeka Arnakaq of Pangnirtung, Nunavut. 

Since joining the Manitoba Inuit Association in 2013, Rachel has led the organization from a volunteer-based association to Manitoba’s representative organization for Inuit and continues to build capacity and develop Inuit-specific programs and services through partnerships and collaborations with public and private sectors, universities and colleges, and a variety of key stakeholder agencies and organizations.  She has guided the organization’s recent re-profiling that has involved its long-standing partnership with the Winnipeg Art Gallery.   MIA recent ly re-located its offices to the WAG Studio building in preparation and continued collaborations on the upcoming Inuit Art Centre. 

Rachel is the proud mother to Amaruq, her Inuk son who she raises in Pinawa, Manitoba along with Amaruq’a grandparents and in concert with his Inuit birth family from Pangnirtung and Ottawa.