Jean François Arteau, Ad.E
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Advocatus Emeritus, Jean-François Arteau is a member of the Barreau du Québec. He graduated from the Université de Montréal with a baccalaureate and a master's degrees in law.

Me Arteau acted  notably as the Assistant Director General and Director of the Legal Department of the Kativik Regional Government and then as the Legal Advisor and Executive Assistant to the President of Makivik Corporation. These two positions allowed him to play a key-role in the development of policies and strategies that had a substantial impact on the Inuit communities and at the international level for nearly fifteen years (1998 à 2012),.

From 2012 to 2015, he was Vice-President of Housing Development with the Quebec Housing Corporation and later Special Advisor to the Associate Secretary General of the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat of the Government of Quebec.

Me Arteau has developed policies on environmental issues, climate change impacts on the Inuit way of life, and on access to natural resources of the region. These policies helped Inuit leaders to make sound decisions and to implement innovative initiatives and programs to adequately meet the challenges and priorities of Nunavik Inuit.

He was also Chief Negotiator for the Sanarrutik Agreement and Assistant Chief Negotiator for the creation of a Nunavik Regional Government that has inspired different Quebec Aboriginal Groups in the pursuit of their own self-determination.

His remarkable social involvement has enhanced the situation of the Nunavik Inuit, in a world in perpetual change. The Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec have recognized his exemplary work.

Jean-François Arteau is an international expert on Arctic issues. His close collaboration with the  Henry Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington in Seattle is a good example.

He has received numerous awards, namely the “bourse Victorin-Germain and Alphonse-Marie Parent » for academic excellence. He is also Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Mérite du Barreau.

Me Arteau is a well-known author and speaker. 


  • «Le froid, le droit, les Inuit», in Bulletin de droit municipal, Août 1998
  • «Les aspects juridiques de la communication municipale» in Guide québécois de la communication municipale
  • «L’expérience canadienne des aspects juridiques de la communication municipale» in Legicom, revue européenne du droit de la communication.
  • «Le Nunavik: région à découvrir» in Horizon Rural, Secrétariat rural, Agriculture et agro-alimentaire Canada, 2010
  • «Plan Nunavik», Société Makivik, 2010
  • «Quebec's Arctic Policy?» à paraître.


  • «The Inuit of Nunavik: Perspective on Self-Government», Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), January 2005
  • “The Inuit of Nunavik: Perspective on Self-Government”, Harvard University, January 2005
  • “Les enjeux du développement durable dans le Nord”, Centre d’Études Nordiques, Université Laval, January 2006
  • «Accord jalon pour une nouvelle forme de gouvernement au Nunavik», United Nations, New York, May 2009
  • Cris et Inuit du Nord du Québec – Territoire, Économie, Société et Culture, «Création d’un gouvernement autonome du Nunavik, Québec,Canada, Université d’Angers, France, octobre 2009
  • Expert Meeting: The Arctic in Motion. Territory, Economy, Society and
  • Culture of the Nunavut and Nunavik Inuit. “Creation of an Autonomous
  • Government in Nunavik, Québec, Canada”. National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands, October 2009
  • Northern Sovereignty and Political Geography in North America Workshop, Washington DC, USA. “Canada’s Sovereignty in the Arctic: an Inuit Perspective”. June 14, 2010
  • Canadian Studies Centre, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA: “Igloos to the Internet: Inuit in the 21st Century”. Spring 2010
  • “Les Inuit du Nunavik – un monde en changement: défis et succès», Canadian Embassy, Paris, France, March 2010 Forum Autochtone organized by Insight et portant sur Territoire, Économie,
  • Société et Culture: «Les Inuit du Nunavik : un monde en changement – défis et succès, Québec Canada. March 2010
  • Third Akureyri Symposium on Polar Law – Human Rights and Good Governance, Akureyri, Iceland. “Creation of an Autonomous Government in Nunavik, Québec, Canada”, September 2010
  • 2011 Aboriginal Law Conference. “The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement – Inuit of Nunavik: Challenges and Successes”. The Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 2011
  • Conference Board of Canada Centre for the North Roundtable Meeting, held in Radisson, Québec, Canada. “The James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement – Inuit of Nunavik: Challenges and Successes”, May 2011
  • 6th Open Assembly of the Northern Research Forum, Hveragerdi, Iceland: “Our Ice Dependent World – Impact and Challenges for the Inuit of Nunavik, Arctic Quebec, Canada”, September 2011
  • International Conference: The Arctic in Transition: Regional Issues and Geopolitics. Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, Canada: “The Arctic in Transition – Nunavik Inuit, Québec, Canada – Issues, Challenges and Priorities”, October 2011
  • Conference Board of Canada – Canada’s North Beyond 2011, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. “The Inuit of Nunavik, Northern Quebec, Canada – Challenges, Aspirations, Economic Development”, October 2011
  • “Présentation sur le Nunavik et le Plan Nunavik”, Consulat général de France à Québec, Québec, Canada, November 2011
  • IGF Hilton Québec, Québec, Canada. Présentation sur le Plan Nunavik dans le cadre d’une rencontre de l’IGF intitulée le Plan Nord: pour un Québec prospère. December 2011
  • The Northern Forum, Québec, Québec, Canada
  • Les défis posés aux Inuit du Nunavik en lien avec les changements climatiques (avril 2012)
  • National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), Nashville Tennessee, United States of America
  • Nunavik and Homeownership Program (October 2012).