Appointed to the Senate by the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Senator Charlie Watt represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Inkerman. He has served in the Senate of Canada since January 16, 1984.
Over the years he has been involved with Parliamentary groups including the Canada-Russia Parliamentary Group and the Canada-Mexico Parliamentary Association. His particular area of interest and specialization is Aboriginal issues. Special interests and pastimes include hunting, fishing, and raising and training Husky dog teams.
Senator Watt’s varied career background includes experience in both the public and private sectors. He is a hunter and businessman. His private career includes serving as: a Northern officer with the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs (1969-79); Founding President of the Northern Quebec Inuit Association (1972-78); Founding President of Makivik Corporation (1978-82), for which he also served as Treasurer (1987-88) and President (1988-94); President of Air Inuit Ltd. (1988-94). He has also served as Chairman of a number of companies, including Seaku Fisheries (1988-94), Uttuulik Leasing (1988-94) and Kigaq Travel (1988-94).
In his public career he created the Inuit Committee on National Issues which he co-chaired (1979-84), and as a Board Member of the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada (1988-94).
An Officer of the National Order of Quebec (1994), Senator Watt is also the 1997 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals, and honoured by many indigenous groups.
Senator Watt was educated at schools in: Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo), Quebec; Yellowknife; Kingston; Ottawa; Montreal; Halifax, and Brandon.
He is married to Ida (Epoo), and father to Donald, Robert, Lisa, Billy, and Charlene.
Senator Watt was born in Kuujjuaq (Fort Chimo), Quebec.
External links in Inuktitut
The Parliament Buildings
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About the Senate
Charter of Rights and Freedoms
How Canadians Govern Themselves (Click here for English)
Setting out Canada’s Obligations to Inuit in respect of the Extended Continental Shelf in the Arctic Ocean (paper prepared by Hutchins Legal)
Proactive Disclosure – links
Effective July 1, 2016, proactive disclosures are prepared by Senate administration
Proactive Disclosure – PDF documents
April 1 — June 30, 2016 – Click Here
January 1 — March 31, 2016 – Click Here
October 1 — December 31, 2015 – Click Here
July 1 — September 30, 2015 – Click Here
April 1 — June 30, 2015 – Click Here
January 1 — March 31, 2015 – Click Here
October 1 — December 31, 2014 – Click Here
July 1 — September 30, 2014 – Click Here
April 1 — June 30, 2014 – Click Here
January 1 — March 31, 2014 – Click Here
October 1 — December 31, 2013* – Click Here
September 16 — September 30, 2013* – Click here
* As disclosed on the Liberal Party of Canada website