The NIYC President serves as the national voice for Inuit youth in Canada, sitting on the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) Board of Directors as a permanent participant and the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee as an observer. Martin-Lapenskie was elected President of NIYC in 2019 for a two year term.
Martin-Lapenskie is from Sanirajak (formerly Hall Beach) but has resided in southern Canada for a number of years. She has spent her entire career pursuing in improving the lives of Inuit across Canada through development and implementation of Inuit-specific programs and services and policy advancement. Outside of NIYC, Crystal is a mom of two children, a wife and runs two full-time businesses. Her passion to supporting Inuit in Canada doesn't just stop at NIYC, her work is entirely focused on supporting Inuit, by Inuit for Inuit.