Malachi was born in Cape Christian, NWT, and educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario before finishing his Grade 12 in what was Frobisher Bay. Malachi went to Carleton University, but left to pursue a social worker position with the town of Iqaluit in 1984. Malachi is married with five children; two boys, two girls and one adopted grand-niece.
Malachi got involved with the Nunavut Land Claim after completing the TFN Training Program (Nunavut Sivuniksavut), in Ottawa in 1986. He served with the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut in several capacities including as Chief Negotiator. His knowledge and understanding of the NLCA is comprehensive.
Mr. Arreak recently served as the Chief Negotiator for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and was successful in finalizing the Inuit Impact and Benefits Agreement with Parks Canada for Auyuittuq, Quttinniqpaaq and Sirmilik National Parks.
Malachi was elected to the Vice-President position with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association for a term of two years starting in 2003. He resigned from this position, along with NPC and QC seats, to work as the Regional Director of Sustainable Development, which evolved into Economic Development and Transportation. He left in 2006 to work as a translator and interpreter for Innirvik Support Services Ltd. of which he is part owner.
Malachi is currently the Translation Editor of Hansard during sitting days of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut under the company’s contract.