05/21/2013 07:20 EDT | Updated 07/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Nunatsiavut government says Labrador Inuit elder and rights advocate Kojak dies

NAIN, N.L. - A well-known Inuit elder in Newfoundland and Labrador has died.

The Nunatsiavut government has expressed its condolences to the family of Abraham "Aba" Kojak of Nain, who died Sunday.

President Sarah Leo says Kojak was a respected hunter and fisherman and was a strong advocate for Inuit rights.

Kojak served on the board of directors of the Labrador Inuit Association before the Nunatsiavut government was established.

He also played a key role as a negotiation in the talks leading up to the ratification of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.