Kivalliq News, Dec. 9, 2020 Edition

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ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓂᖅᓴᒧᑦ ᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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ᓵᓚᖃᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖅ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᒪᐃᔭ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᓴᐱᕐᓇᕐᓂᖅᐹᖑᓚᐅᖅᑐᕉᖅ ᐊᓂᒍᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ

ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᒪᐃᔭ ᔫ ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ ᓄᑲᖅᖠᖅ ᓴᕆᒪᓱᒃᑐᖅ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᑲᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑎᒋᓯᒪᖕᒪᖔᑕ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ -19-ᒥᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑐᐊᓘᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᓇᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᕆᒪᓱᖕᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᖅ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᔨᖏᑦᑕ ᐱᓕᕆᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ. ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᕈᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ, ᐃᓱᒪᒋᑉᓗᒍ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᖅᐹᖑᓯᒪᖕᒪᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᒋᐊᖕᓂᖏᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᖢᒋᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ. ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᓯᒪᓪᓚᕆᖕᒪᑕ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᒃᑰᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᐃᒪᔮᕌᓗᙱᖦᖢᑎᒃ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᒋᐊᖅᓯᒪᐃᓐᓇᕐᒪᑕ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᓴᐃᒪᖁᔨᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᐅᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖃᑦᑕᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ. "ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐆᒃᑑᑎᒃᓴᑦᑎᐊᕙᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᒃᑰᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ," ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ. "Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔨᖏᑦ ᐊᑭᖃᙱᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᐅᑉᓛᕈᒥᑕᖅᑐᖅᑎᑕᐅᓲᑦ ᐅᑉᓛᑕᒫᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᖁᔭᒋᔭᐅᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ, ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᓂᖅᐹᖑᖕᒪᑕ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᒪᖅᑕᖃᑦᑕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓇᖅᑕᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᒪᖃᑦᑕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᑉᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒡᒐᖕᒥᓂᒃ ᐃᕐᒥᒐᔪᒃᓯᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ. "ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒻᒪᑦ, ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᓂᐊᕈᑉᑕ, ᐃᒪᖅᑖᖅᑎᑦᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᐊᖃᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᑑᑎᖃᕐᒪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᕐᒥᒐᔪᖕᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐃᒪᖅᑖᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅᓴᐅᓕᕋᑉᑕ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ." ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᓴᓇᔨᖏᑦ ᐅᐱᓐᓇᓛᑦᑎᐊᒡᒎᖅ

ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᖓᓃᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐊᓯᖏᑦ ᓴᓂᕐᕙᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᒐᔪᒃᑐᑦ ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑕᖏᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᑦᑐᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓱᓇᓗᒃᑖᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᓲᑦ ᑭᖑᕙᖅᓯᒪᙱᖦᖢᑎᒃ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᖅᑐᖃᙱᖦᖢᑎᒡᓗ. "ᐅᔾᔨᖅᑐᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓱᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᓗᕆᓇᐅᖅᑐᒦᖁᔨᙱᖦᖢᑕ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓯᒪᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᓇᐅᒃᑯᓗᒃᑖᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᒃᑯᑦ. "ᖃᖓᑐᐃᓐᓇᒃᑯᑦ, ᐊᕐᕕᓂᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᑏᑦ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑏᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᖏᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ. ᓴᓇᖃᑦᑕᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ 14-ᓂᒃ ᐃᑲᕐᕋᓂᒃ ᐅᑉᓗᑕᒫᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᔨᖏᑦ ᐊᒥᖅᑳᕈᑎᕙᒃᖢᑎᒃ ᐅᑉᓘᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ. "ᓴᓇᔨᖏᑦ ᑭᐳᖃᑎᒌᖅᑳᕐᓇᑎᒃ, ᓴᓇᔨᑕᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᖑᒻᒥᒃ ᐊᓪᓚᖅᑎᕆᔨᐅᔪᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎᒥᒃ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᓇᖅᑐᖃᖁᓇᒍ ᓄᓇᒃᑰᕈᑎ, ᑯᒡᕕᕕᖓᒍᑦ ᓇᕿᑦᑕᐅᑎᖓᓄᑦ ᐅᒃᑯᐊᑉ ᑎᒍᒻᒥᕝᕕᖓᓄᑦ, ᐊᖁᖃᑦᑕᖅᑑᑉ ᓴᖑᒋᐊᕈᑎᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓇᑭᖅᓯᒋᐊᕈᑎᖓᓄᑦ – ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᑦᑎᐊᓲᑦ ᓱᓇᓗᒃᑖᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑖᕈᑕᐅᖁᓇᒋᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᖅᑎᖅᑕᐅᓲᑦ ᐊᖁᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᖁᓇᒍ." ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓱᒃᑐᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐅᔪᒡᒎᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ, Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔪᐃᑦᑎᐊᖃᑦᑕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᐅᐃᒻᒪᖁᔨᖃᑦᑕᙱᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᑎᑦᑎᕈᓘᔭᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᖅᑲᔭᖅ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓱᖕᓂᖅ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᖅᑑᔪᓐᓇᕐᒥᖕᒪᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᑎᑐᑦ, ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᐅᐃᒻᒪᒃᑎᑦᑎᑦᑕᐃᓕᓇᓱᒃᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ. "ᓈᒻᒪᒃᑐᒃᑰᖅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᒥᓲᓂᖅᓴᑦ ᓴᓇᔨᕗᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᖅᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᒪᑕ ᐅᑉᓗᑕᒫᒃᑯᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐱᒻᒪᕆᐅᑎᒋᖕᒪᖔᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖓ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ.

75 ᑕᓐᔅ ᐅᖁᒪᐃᓐᓂᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᑕᐅᔾᔨᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᓂᕿᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐅᑎᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᔪᑦ ᓴᕆᒪᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᑎᓯᐱᕆ 1-ᒥ. More than 75 tonnes of food and cleaning supplies ready for food hamper delivery is an impressive sight in Arviat on Dec. 1. photo courtesy of Steve England

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"ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᖅᑭᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐃᓚᖏᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓃᑦᑕᐃᓕᔭᕆᐊᖃᓕᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᓂᒎᑎᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᖅ." ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐱᐅᙱᓐᓂᖅᐹᖅ ᐊᓂᒎᑎᓯᒪᓕᖅᑑᔭᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᕋᓱᖕᒪᑕ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᓕᖁᔭᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑉᓗᑕᒫᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᐅᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᖏᓐᓇᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ. "ᓈᓴᐅᑎᑦ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᑲᑕᒃᑑᒐᓗᐊᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᖃᑉᓰᓐᓇᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ. "ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑐᒍᑦ ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᓪᓗ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖁᑎᖏᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐆᒃᑑᑎᖃᕈᓐᓇᙱᑦᑐᒍᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ -19-ᑯᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᑉᑯᓇᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᒃᑰᖅᓯᒪᓂᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ. "ᓄᕕᐱᕆ 30-ᒥ, ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ 53 ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᓐᓃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ. ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥᓗ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᑎᒃᑯᒃᑎᒃ, ᑖᑉᓱᒧᙵ ᓈᓴᐅᑎᒧᑦ ᖃᓂᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᙱᓪᓚᕆᒃᑐᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ, ᐄ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᔫᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᐃᑉᑯᓇᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ. "ᐊᔪᕐᓇᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᖅ ᒥᑭᔪᓂᒃ ᑲᒪᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᐊᖏᔫᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂᐅᖓᓂᒃ." ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐸᕐᓇᐃᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑦᑎᔪᒪᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᓯᒪᔭᒥᓂᒃ ᐅᑉᓗᒥᒧᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᒃᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᑎᑦᑎᔪᖅ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐊᔾᔭᖅᑐᐃᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᖁᕕᐊᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑦ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑕᐅᓇᔭᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᑲᑦᑐᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᐃᓚᒌᒃᑐᓄᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᑕᕋᖏᑦ ᑳᔾᔮᙱᓕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ. "ᖃᐅᔨᒪᒐᑉᓯ, ᐅᒡᓚᕋᕈᑎᔪᓐᓇᐃᓪᓕᓯᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᓄᓇᑉᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᕈᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ. "ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓰᒃ ᑐᖔᓂ, ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒡᕕᐅᖅᑳᕐᓇᓂ, ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐃᓯᒪᓕᕈᒪᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᑕᖅᑲᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᓱᓪᓗᐊᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᑎᒃᓴᓂᒡᓗ. "ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐅᐱᓐᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᐊᓗᐃᑦ. ᑖᑉᑯᐊ ᑕᒡᕙ ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᓵᓚᒋᕙᓪᓕᐊᔭᖅᐳᑦ ᓵᓚᒋᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᓂᐅᓈᖅᑎᖅᖢᒋᑦ. "ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᕈᒪᔭᒃᑲ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑕᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᖅᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᕐᔪᐊᖅᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᐅᔾᔨᕐᓇᖅᑐᑦ. "ᐊᒻᒪᓗ, ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᕈᒪᔭᒃᑲ, ᓇᒥᕐᒥᐅᑕᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᐸᑕ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ, ᐅᕙᑉᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᖃᑦᑕᕐᒪᑕ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᑕᓂᒃ." bf l A Winning m4WZz 3


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Active cases: 51 Confirmed cases: 219 Recovered cases: 168 Total persons followed: 5,190 Current persons followed: 688 Completed tests in Kivalliq: 1,320 Negative tests: 1,103

Confirmed cases by community Arviat: 177 (128 recovered) Whale Cove: 21 (19 recovered) Rankin Inlet: 19 (all recovered) Sanikiluaq: 2 (all recovered)

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Church service scheduled Baker Lake The Glad Tidings Church will be open for church services in Baker Lake on Sunday, Dec. 13, beginning at 11 a.m. Everything inside the church will be cleaned and sanitized before the building opens to the public as a barrier against Covid-19. As per restrictions of the chief public health officer, the service at the Glad Tidings Church will be limited to a maximum of 50 people. Wearing masks for the service is recommended, but not mandatory. Social distancing, however, will be in effect. Church goers are asked to be respectful and abide by the restrictions to ensure that everyone is safe and healthy.

Enrolment opens for teacher education program Baker Lake Anyone interested in enrolling for the Nunavut Teacher's Education program (NTEP), which is expected to get underway in Baker Lake next September is asked to contact Kaviq Kaluraq at 793-2971 or by email at kkaluraq@ arcticcollege.ca. Interested individuals may also apply online at arcticcollege.ca/admissions. The NTEP is offered by Nunavut Arctic College in partnership with Memorial University in Newfoundland (MUN). Students who attend the NTEP can earn an Inuktut language-and-culture certificate (one year, 30 credits), an Inuktut language-specialist diploma (two years, 60 credits) or a MUN bachelor of education degree (five years, 150 credits).

Covid-19 update Kivalliq Premier Joe Savikataaq said Dec. 4 as communities headed into the first weekend of eased restrictions in most of Nunavut he was again asking all Nunavummiut, especially in Arviat, to please maintain Nunavut's current public health measures. Though the territory's case numbers are going down, that does not mean all the hard work to date against the virus can now be relaxed. "We all know how hard it is, especially this time of year, to limit visiting and keep social circles and gatherings small, but this is necessary," said Savikataaq. Nunavut chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson said all active cases identified in Rankin Inlet and Sanikiluaq have recovered. He said that means Nunavut is moving in the right direction and Nunavummiut can be optimistic. It does not, however, mean that everyone can relax on the public health measures, nor does it mean the outbreaks are over. "In Rankin Inlet, there are people who will be in isolation for at least another 10 days," said Patterson. "It will take nearly a month, assuming there are no new cases of Covid-19, to declare the outbreak in Rankin Inlet over."

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Mayor Savikataaq: 'I'd like to thank everyone for thinking about and praying for Arviat' by Darrell Greer

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Arviat

Arviat Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. is proud of how the people in Arviat have handled the recent outbreak of Covid-19 in their community, and especially proud of the performance his hamlet staff workers have put in during the outbreak. These have been trying times for the hamlet, considering Arviat has been one of the hardest hit communities per capita in the entire country. Savikataaq said the people of Arviat

have been the true leaders during this situation and everyone has been remaining calm. He said the hamlet has been continually sending out positive messages to the public and they have been well received. "It's the people who are actually doing all the work and being the heroes through all this," said Savikataaq. "Our municipal workers are being given a free breakfast every morning to let them know they are appreciated, because they are more vital than ever right now for delivering all the water

and taking away all the sewage with us telling everyone that they have to wash more often. "So, in order for us to be able say that, we have to deliver more often, and it's being shown to us that it's working and people are washing more often now in Arviat because we're pumping more water now than normal." Savikataaq said his municipal workers have been nothing short of amazing during the outbreak. He said they put Please see Mayor, page 10

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Members of the food hamper production team prepare a total of more than 75 tonnes of food and cleaning supplies for delivery in Arviat on Dec. 1.


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ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᕆᖅᑳᓚᐅᖅᑕᒥᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᓐᓃᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᑦ ᒪᐃᔭ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅᓴᐅᖁᔨᔪᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᒪᐃᔭ Hᐊᕆ ᑕᐅᑐᙱ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅᓴᐅᖁᔨᔪᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ-19-ᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᒥᓂ.

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Rankin Inlet Mayor Harry Towtongie would like to see hamlet council have more input into the decision-making process involving Covid19 in his community.

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᒪᐃᔭᒋᔭᐅᔪᖅ Hᐊᕆ ᑕᐅᑐᙱ ᓴᕆᒪᓲᑎᖃᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᒥᓂᒃ ᖃᓄᖅ ᑲᒪᒋᐊᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅᑖᖅᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᓄᓇᒥᓂ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐱᒋᐊᓕᓚᐅᖅᑳᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᑯᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᔪᖅ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᖃᓱᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᖃᓕᑳᓪᓚᒃᑲᓐᓂᕋᔭᖅᐸᑦ. ᑕᐅᑐᙱ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐅᐱᒍᓱᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᕉᖅ ᖃᓄᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᑎᑕᐅᓕᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᓯᐊᒻᒪᒃᑲᓐᓂᖁᓇᒍ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ, ᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒡᒎᖅ ᑕᑯᔪᒪᓇᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ ᐃᑎᖅᑕᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᖅᑲᐃᑎᑦᑎᒍᑎᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅᑕᖃᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓱᓕ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᕐᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᔾᔨᖅᑐᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᓕᖕᓂᒃ. "ᑲᒪᑦᑎᐊᙱᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ, ᓄᓇᓕᐅᑉᓗᑕ, ᐱᓕᕇᓐᓇᕐᓗᑕ ᓯᐊᒻᒪᒃᐸᓪᓕᐊᖁᓇᒍ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᓲᕐᓗ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅᑕᖃᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᓄᓇᑉᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᖅ," ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᐅᑐᙱ. "ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔪᖓ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᐊᓘᖕᒪᑦ, ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᑭᐅᑉ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐅᒡᓚᕋᓗᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐃᓅᖃᑎᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐅᐸᒍᑎᓗᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᒍᑦ. "ᐃᓱᒪᓚᐅᕋᑉᑕ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ ᖃᓱᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓇᔭᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑎᓯᐱᕆ 10-ᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖁᒃᓴᓪᓚᖕᓇᓚᐅᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᖃᓱᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᐅᑉᓗᕐᒥ ᓂᕆᐅᓇᙱᑦᑐᒃᑯᑦ. "ᐅᔾᔨᙱᓈᖅᑕᐅᔫᔭᓚᐅᕋᑉᑕ, ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᒪᓕᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᒍᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔨᐅᖕᒪᑕ ᑕᒡᕘᓇ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓅᓯᖅ ᐊᓯᔾᔨᓗᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᓇᓱᖕᒪᒍ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᑐᖅ ᑐᐊᕕᓗᐊᙱᑉᐳᑦ." ᑕᐅᑐᙱ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᔨᖏᑦ ᐅᐱᓐᓇᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᐊᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᑎᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᔨᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᐊᓘᓚᐅᕐᒪᑕ ᓱᓇᓗᒃᑖᑦ ᐊᐅᓪᓛᑦᑎᐊᕈᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᓗᒃᑖᒃᑯᑦ. "ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᓪᓗ ᐊᑭᓕᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓇᑎᒃ ᐃᑲᔪᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᑲᔪᓪᓚᕆᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑦᑑᑕᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑎᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᒪᒋᔭᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᕆᐊᕈᑎᓄᑦ, ᓲᕐᓗ ᓂᕿᓂᒃ ᐊᔾᔭᖅᑐᐃᓂᖅ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ.

"ᓄᓇᖅᑲᑎᒌᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᖕᒪᑕ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᑎᑭᑦᑐᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᙱᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑭᓐᓇᔭᖅᐸᑦ ᓄᓇᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ – ᓴᖅᑭᒃᑲᓐᓂᕋᔭᖅᐸᑦ – ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓕᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᑐᑎᒋᖕᒪᖔᑦ ᐱᑕᖃᕈᓐᓃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᒃᖢᓂ. ᑕᑯᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑰᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᓕᕈᓐᓇᖁᑉᓗᑕ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᑐᑎᒋᖕᒪᖔᑦ ᑕᒫᓃᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ. "ᐱᐅᓂᖅᓴᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ ᑕᒪᑦᑕ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᕋᓱᒃᑯᑉᑕ ᓄᓇᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᑎᑭᑎᑦᑕᐃᓕᓇᓱᒡᓗᒍ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᓗᒃᑖᒃᑯᑦ. ᐊᒃᓱᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓯᐊᒻᒪᒃᑲᓐᓂᓚᐅᙱᒻᒪᑦ ᑕᒫᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᖃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᑕᒫᓂ ᐃᓄᒋᐊᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᖕᒪᑕ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᐅᓂᐅᖓᓂᒃ, ᐆᒃᑑᑎᒋᓗᒍ." ᑕᐅᑐᙱ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑐᓴᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᒪᔪᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᓂᒃ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒃᑲᒥ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅᑕᖃᕈᓐᓃᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᑐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᓴᖅᑭᒃᑲᓐᓂᖁᓇᒍ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᔾᔨᖅᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑎᑭᒃᑲᓐᓂᖁᓇᒍ. "ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓇᖅᑐᐊᓗᒃ, ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒻᒪᑦ ᓴᓗᒪᐃᓐᓇᕋᓱᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᒍᑦ, ᒪᑐᐊᖅᓯᒪᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑕ, ᐅᖓᓯᒌᒡᔪᒥᓇᓱᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑎᒋᖃᑦᑕᓚᐅᖅᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᑎᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᖔᓂ." ᑕᐅᑐᙱ ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᒡᒎᖅ ᓂᐱᖃᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᓚᐅᖅᑑᒐᓗᐊᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓕᐅᕆᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᓱᑕᐅᒋᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᓖᑦ. ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᔩᑦ ᓂᐱᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᕋᓗᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᑲᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᕈᑎᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ. "ᐅᕙᑉᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᔫᑕᐅᓇᔭᖅᑐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᑲᔫᑕᐅᓇᔭᖅᑐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑕᐃᑉᑯᓄᙵᖅᑕᐅᖅ. ᑐᑭᓯᓂᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᑦᑕᐃᓕᓚᖓ. ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᐊᓗᐃᑦ. ᐱᓕᕆᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᓗᒃᑖᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᔪᑦ ᐅᖓᑖᒍᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓗ. "ᖁᔭᓕᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᖅᑐᒍᑦ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᖏᓐᓇᕐᓗᑕ ᓯᐊᒻᒪᒃᑕᐃᓕᔾᔪᑎᒃᓴᑦ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑦᑎᐊᕐᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᒋᔭᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᐅᔪᓐᓃᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᖁᓇᒍ. "ᓵᓚᒃᓴᖅᓯᒪᔪᒍᑦ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᓵᓚᒌᓐᓇᕋᓱᒋᐊᖃᖅᑕᖅᐳᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᐊᓗᒃ." bf l A Rankin m4WZz 9


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Despite having to be flown mostly to Winnipeg for many treatments Member of: • Manitoba Community and procedures, Kivalliqmiut on the Newspapers Association whole enjoy pretty darn decent med• Canadian Community Newspapers Association ical care and that's especially true when one compares it to the rest of Kugaaruk the country. As far as people looking after their Naujaat own personal health, however, not so much. It's rather puzzling how Canada manages to spend so much on so little when it comes to this country having some of the lowest numbers of doctors, hospital beds and medical technologies. And that's despite spending more Editor: Darrell Greer than most other developed countries Associate Editor: Jean Kusugak Box 657, Rankin Inlet, NU X0C 0G0 with universal health care. Phone: (867) 645-3223 Sanikiluaq One more bit of information Fax: (867) 645-3225 Toll free: (855) 447-2584 just to rub some salt into a gaping Email: kivalliqnews@nnsl.com health-care-and-its-cost wound, if you Website: www.nnsl.com/kivalliqnews Founder (1934-2018): J.W. (Sig) Sigvaldason are lucky enough to get in and see a Publisher, CEO: Bruce Valpy specialist for your medical problems, valpy@nnsl.com Chief Financial Officer: Judy Triffo you will quickly find out that Canada Coordinating Editor: Craig Gilbert craig@nnsl.com has the longest wait times on the Kivalliq Advertising Representative: planet, bar none. advertising@nunavutnews.com Call collect: (867) 873-4031 A new study recently released by Fax: (867) 873-8507 the Fraser Institute – an independPublishing Office: ent, non-partisan Canadian public Box 2820, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2R1 Phone: (867) 873-4031 Fax: (867) 873-8507 policy think-tank – compares 28 Email: nnsl@nnsl.com universal health-care systems in Website: www.nunavutnews.com developed countries, spotlighting ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᓕᕆᔨ: ᑎᐊᕈ ᒍᕆᐅ several key areas including cost, ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑑᓕᕆᔨ: ᒪᐃᑯ ᓛᐃᓐᕼᐊᓐ Box 657, ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ X0C 0G0 availability and use of resources, ᐅᖃᓘᑎᖓ: (867) 645-3223 ᓱᑲᔪᒃᑯᑦ: (867) 645-3225 access to care, clinical performance ᐊᑭᖃᖏᑦᑐᖅ: (855) 447-2584 and quality, and the health of Canᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ: kivalliqnews@nnsl.com ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ: www.nunavutnews.com adians. ᓇᓂᓯᔨᐅᔪᖅ (1934-2018): The study reveals that despite J.W. (Sig) Sigvaldason ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᓴᖅᑭᑎᑎᔨ spending money like a large group of ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑎᔨᓪᓚᕆᐅᑉᓗᓂᓗ: submariners on shore leave in HaliBruce Valpy – valpy@nnsl.com ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓕᔭᓕᕆᔨᒻᒪᕆᒃ: Judy Triffo fax, the health-care system in this ᑲᒪᔨ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑎ: ᑯᕆᒃ ᒋᐅᐳᑦ Craig Gilbert – craig@nnsl.com nation trails most developed counᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐅᐃᕆᓴᐅᑎᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᐊᒃᓴᓂᒃ tries when it comes to its lack of ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓕᕆᔨ: ᑎᐅᕆ ᑖᐱᓐ – advertising@nunavutnews.com critical resources and leads the way ᑲᓕᒃᑳᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᓯ ᐅᕗᖓ when it comes to long wait times for ᐊᑭᖃᖏᑦᑐᖅ: (867) 873-4031 ᓱᑲᔪᒃᑯᑦ: (867) 873-8507 treatment. ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᒃ: Box 2820, ᔭᓗᓇᐃᕝ, ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᖅ X1A 2R1 Not a winning combination by any ᐅᖃᓘᑎᖓᑦ: (867) 873-4031 stretch of the imagination. ᓱᑲᔪᒃᑯᑦ: (867) 873-8507 ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ: nnsl@nnsl.com The next time you're waiting for an ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ: www.nnsl.com hour or so to see a nurse or doctor at the Kivalliq Regional Health Centre in Rankin Inlet – or any of the smallContents copyright. Printed in the North by Canarctic er local health centres in the other Graphics Limited. No photos, stories, advertisements six Kivalliq communities – consider or graphics may be reproduced in any form, in whole or in part, without the written approval of the publisher. that the national average of wait Subscriptions time to see any type of specialist for One year mail $70 medically-necessary treatments is Online (entire content) $50/year almost 21 weeks. And that number rises substanSend us your comments tially when you hit the Maritimes You can email us at kivalliqnews@nnsl.com; mail to Box 2820, Yellowknife X1A 2R1; or drop your letter where Nova Scotia has a waiting off at our office at 5108-50th Street. All letters submitted must be signed with a return period of 33 weeks, New Brunswick address and daytime telephone number so that we can confirm it came from you. 39 weeks and the tiny province of Not all letters will necessarily be published. Preference is given to short letters of broad interest or concern. We particularly encourage new contributors as we attempt to publish a cross-section of public opinion. Letters of more than 200 words, open letters and those published elsewhere are seldom used. We reserve the right to edit for length or taste and to eliminate inaccurate or libelous statements. We may also choose to use a letter as the basis for a story.

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Despite our relatively quick access to nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors, Nunavut ranked dead last in terms of the overall health of its population in Canada, Kivalliq News editor Darrell Greer writes. NNSL file photo

Prince Edward Island clocks in at an comes to health-care spending in this country? astounding 39 weeks. The answer is not a popular one in Throw in the fact these numbers the nation because a large number are all pre-Covid pandemic and of people can't get past the words disbelievers be darned – Covid is private, payer or socialist. putting an incredible strain on our But as the Fraser Institute report's health-care system with Alberta co-author Bacchus Barua looking to employ field points out, there is an hospitals in an attempt to imbalance between the lessen the pressure. value Canadians receive In view of all this, the and the relatively high announcement of Covid-19 amount of money they rapid-testing capabilities spend on their health-care coming soon to a hub hotel system. A big one! near you seems to be no But we would be well less than a gift from God. In 2018, Canada's Darrell served to move our model closer to the system health-care spending Greer employed by the Brits. The topped out at a staggerUnited Kingdom is ranked ing 11.3 per cent of our gross domestic product, which (after sixth overall with its universal healthadjusting for population age) ranked care coverage and a single-payer it only behind Switzerland among the system. If we're splitting hairs, the United 28 developed countries looked at in Kingdom's system can be classified the study as socialized medicine because the In fact, Canada ranks at or near the bottom of the list in almost every British government owns most of the hospitals and employs the medical category analyzed. We come in at No. 26 for number providers. However, moving forward, we can of doctors (2.8 per 1,000 people), continue to stubbornly dig our heels No. 25 out of 26 countries for total in and balk at the thought of private number of hospital beds available partnerships and socialized ele(2.1 per 1,000 people), and 24th overall for the number of psychiatric ments and continue to throw piles of good money after bad. beds (0.4 per 1,000 people). Or, we can begin to revamp our To put most of this into perspecmodel, using the best elements tive, despite our relatively quick access to nurses, nurse practitioners of systems we know are superior to vastly improve our health-care and doctors, Nunavut ranked dead system over the next 20 years, and last in terms of the overall health of have a model equal to what we pour its population in Canada, according into it. to a study and health report issued After all, health care and politics by the Conference Board of Canada make no better bedfellows than pola few years back. itics and religion in the big picture So what's the answer to getting Food for thought. more bang for the buck when it


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Administrator returns to the Kivalliq SAO leaves retirement to lend a hand in Rankin Inlet

by Darrell Greer

Northern News Services

Rankin Inlet

Darren Flynn, a long-time Kivalliq senior administrative officer (SAO) and Government of Nunavut (GN) employee, returned to the region to take the position of SAO last Wednesday, Dec. 2. Flynn, 56, was SAO in Arviat for a number of years before leaving that position to become the GN's director of community development in 2002. Flynn remained in that position until 2009 when he became an acting deputy minister for a year. That title became official for him in 2010 and he remained in that position until retiring in 2018, leaving Iqaluit and heading south. He received a 20-year service award from the GN in 2014. Flynn said he and his wife, Sarah, were quite content to be retired and living in Newfoundland, although they

couldn't do any more there than anywhere else due to Covid-19 restrictions. He said Rankin Inlet had always been very good to him, so he couldn't look the other way when he found out the hamlet could use a bit of help at the SAO's position. "Sarah and I have always travelled back to the region here and there since our retirement," said Flynn. "We came up at least once a year since she retired in 2013. "And, most importantly, I saw Rankin was having some difficulty and I figured it was a chance to lend a hand." Flynn did agree to a couple of contracts while retired, taking one interim position in Norman Wells, NWT, and pitching in to help out Whale Cove this past winter. He said both jobs were all about working for a couple of months to help out, doing some interim management and hiring someone to take the job

full time before he left. "When I saw the Rankin position advertised a couple of times I figured why not? "I mean, Sarah and I are still relatively young, so let's defer retirement for a couple of years, come to Rankin and, hopefully, provide a little help for a place that was pretty darn good to me for the 13 years I lived there. "It feels like I've been going straight out since the tires hit the runway here in Rankin Inlet on Dec. 2. "Looking back, I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to retire early a couple of years ago – the wife had already been retired for five years – and that allowed Sarah and I to get back to hanging out with each other again instead of commuting every few months." Flynn said like any SAOtype contract, his new contract with the hamlet of Rankin Inlet is "at pleasure."

He said that means as long as he does his job properly the possibility of staying longer in Rankin will remain. "The hamlet has been really up front with me about all things going on here at the moment. Covid making its way here happened after I had accepted the position, and I think some people were a little concerned over whether I would venture into that. "But I've always been the type who lives up to any commitment he makes, so knowing Covid was active here at the time didn't phase us at all. "We knew we'd have to be careful but we'd already been practising this in Newfoundland since this past March." Flynn said his goal this time around is to do the best he can in support of hamlet council and its efforts to develop the community further. He said Rankin is a busy community right now and, judging from what he's seen in

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Darren Flynn is hard at work after returing to the Kivalliq to take the position of senior administrative officer in Rankin Inlet on Dec. 4. a few meetings, it has a very, very proactive council. "I think some of my experience and planning abilities are going to combine with council's ideas and passion to map out some pretty good plans for the community. "Covid turned the entire world around, Rankin was looking for someone to come

and help and, hopefully, I'll be able to do just that. "The response from people since I landed here has been absolutely humbling, and I feel really privileged to be in this position. "Hopefully, I'm going to be able to provide really good service for all residents of this community."

ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓂᖅᓴᒧᑦ ᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᖃᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎ ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᑭᒪᐃᓐᓇᕋᓱᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᖏᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᓂ ᒪᕐᕉᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᑎᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑉᐸᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂᑦ. ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖅ ᓘᒃᑖᖅ ᒪᐃᑯᓪ ᐹᑐᓴᓐ ᑎᓕᐅᕆᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑎᓯᐱᕆ 2–ᒥ ᑭᒡᓕᖃᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᖃᓱᑎᑕᐅᕚᓪᓕᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐊᒥᐊᒃᑯᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ. ᑎᓯᐱᕆ 2–ᒥ, ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐱᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ 65–ᖑᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ 80– ᖑᔪᓂ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᖃᖅᑐᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ. ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒍ 113 ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕆᔭᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᓐᓃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᓕᒫᒥ. "ᐃᓄᑑᓪᓗᑕ ᓇᖏᖅᑑᔮᖅᐳᒍᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᖢᓂ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᓄᑦ: ᐃᓄᑐᖃᑦ, ᓱᕈᓯᑦ, ᐃᓚᒌᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᓄᑦ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᒥ-ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᕐᒧᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎ ᔮᓐ ᒪᐃᓐ. "ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᓂᒎᑎᓇᓱᐊᖅᖢᒍ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᓱᒪᕗᖓ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᓇ ᓇᓚᐅᓯᒪᑦᑎᐊᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ." ᒪᐃᓐ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᖓᓃᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ ᐅᑎᓚᐅᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᒫᓐᓇᓕᓴᐅᓛᖑᔪᒥ ᐃᒃᓯᕚᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᒪᓕᐅᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ. ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᑲᑕᒃᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᖃᐱᓗᖕᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓛᖑᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᓂᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐱᓗᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᐱᖃᕐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᐸᒃᑕᐅᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᐸᖕᒥᐅᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂ. "ᐃᓚᒌᓄᑦ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓘᕗᖅ. ᐊᔪᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᑯᓘᓯᒪᙱᓚᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ." ᒪᐃᓐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᕋᓱᐊᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᖄᖏᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᐊᕐᔪᖕᓄᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᔪᓄᑦ. "ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ, ᐱᖃᕐᓂᕋᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᖁᒃᓴᓪᓚᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᒥ. ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖁᒃᓴᓪᓚᒃᓯᒪᔪᓐᓃᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓅᖦᖢᑎᒃ ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. "ᐆᒻᒪᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᕐᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓚᖓᒍᑦ ᕿᒡᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᑕᑯᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᒥ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᖏᓐᓂ." ᐃᑲᔪᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᖁᕝᕙᖅᑎᑦᑎᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ, ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒃᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᙱᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐹᖏᓐᓂᑦ. ᒪᐃᓐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ "ᐃᓄᑭᑦᑐᓂ-ᓯᓚᒥ ᐊᖁᑲᑕᒃᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᑲᑎᙵᓪᓗᑎᒃ", ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᖁᑲᑕᒃᖢᑎᒃ, ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᒥᓃᖏᓐᓇᖅᖢᑎᒃ,

ᖁᕕᐊᓱᒍᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᓐᓃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒥ. "ᐊᔪᕐᓇᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᒋᐊᖃᙱᑎᓪᓗᑕ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓗᑕ." ᒪᐃᓐ ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒡᕕᒃ ᐃᓚᐅᖃᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᖏᔪᒥ ᖁᕝᕙᕆᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᖕᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᓗᒐᔪᒃᐳᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᐱᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒻᒥᖕᓄᑦ. ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᕕᓂ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒡᕕᒃᑯᑦ. "ᑲᑎᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᒧᑦ. ᐊᒃᓱᕈᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᓕᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒃᑎᐅᔪᓂ. ᐱᓪᓗᐊᑦᑎᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ." ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᒡᓂᑯ ᐄᒍᓪᒧᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ $500,000–ᑐᖅᑐᓂ ᓂᕿᓂᑦ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᑖᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑳᓕᔾᔮᙱᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ, ᒪᐃᓐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᐊᖏᔪᒥ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᑯᓯᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᑐᒃᑐᒥ ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᕐᒥ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᒋᕗᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᕐᒥᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ ᓂᕿᓪᓚᑦᑖᓄᑦ. "ᓂᕿᓂ ᐴᖅᑲᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᓴᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᕼᐋᒻᓚᒃᑯᑎᒍᑦ ᖁᔭᒋᔭᐅᑦᑎᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐲᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᔪᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑎᖃᖅᑐᓄᑦ ᓂᕿᒃᓴᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᐃᓐ. ᓇᖕᒥᓂᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐱᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᒋᕗᑦ ᒪᑐᔭᐅᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᔪᒥ ᑖᒃᓰᑦ, ᑳᓐᑐᕌᒃᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᔪᕐᒥᕕᐅᔪᑦ ᑕᑯᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒐᓚᖕᒥ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᒃᓴᓕᐊᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᓯᐅᓂᖏᓐᓂ. ᐊᓯᐊᒎᖅᑐᒥ, ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᓲᕐᓗ ᓂᕿᓂᒃ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᓂᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ. "ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᒐᓚᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕆᐊᓪᓚᒃᓯᒪᕗᑦ," ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ, ᑎᒃᑯᐊᕆᓪᓗᓂ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓕᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐊᑦᑕᓇᔾᔭᐃᖅᓯᓯᒪᓇᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᑐᓂᓯᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᒡᔭᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓯᐊᒎᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᑲᕐᕋᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓴᕋᐃᑦᑐᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᓂᐅᕕᕆᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᓂᖓᓂ. ᒪᐃᓐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᓂᕿᓄᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓂᖅᐹᖑᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐱᔭᒃᓴᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ . "ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᖏᒡᓕᒋᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᖅᑐᒦᑉᐳᑦ

ᓴᖅᑭᔮᕐᕕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑑᕗᖅ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ. ᐱᒻᒪᕆᕐᔪᐊᖑᕗᑦ." ᓯᕗᒻᒧᐊᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᒪᐃᓐ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓂᕆᐅᖕᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᑲᑎᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐱᓕᕆᓗᑎᒃ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐱᖃᕈᓐᓃᕐᓂᖓᓂ. ᑭᓯᐊᓂ, ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᑦᑐᓐᓃᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᓕᖕᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᒪᓕᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓱᕋᐃᙱᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᒪᓕᒐᐅᔪᓂᑦ. "ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᓱᕋᐃᔪᖃᑲᑕᒃᐸᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓴᖑᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᓄᖅᓯᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᖃᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᕙᓂ." bf l A Arviat m4WZz 14


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help to different projects we had on the go to help the community, like the delivery of food Rankin Inlet hampers to every household in the community. Rankin Inlet Mayor Harry Towtongie is "The community knows Covid is capable quite proud of his community for the way it of making its way into Rankin now, and if it handled the first positive cases of Covid-19 in gets a bigger foothold the next time – if there the community since the start of the pandemic. is a next time – we know how very difficult it But he'd like to see hamlet council have is to get rid of it. input into if and when restrictions are lifted if "Maybe we had to see a bit of it to realize the scenario is ever repeated. just how big of a headache it is to deal with Towtongie said he's impressed with how once it's here. folks in Rankin followed all the rules of the "It's way better for us all to do our very best recent lockdown and worked together to stop and keep it out of the community if we can. the spread of Covid, at least "We got lucky it didn't for now. spread more than it did here He said he wouldn't mind and maybe part of that is having signs erected around because we have less overthe community reminding crowding here than in Arviat, people that the community for example." is not out of the woods with Towtongie said his mesCovid yet, and to remain sage to the community right vigilant in following public now is that he's happy Ranhealth guidelines. kin is now Covid free but the "We have to keep it up hard part is to keep it away. and, as a community, keep He said everyone has to doing what we did in preresist the urge to let their Mayor Harry Towtongie venting future spread of this guard down and keep taking when it was active in the the necessary precautions to community," said Towtongie. keep Covid out of Rankin. "I know it's tough, especially during this "This virus is scary, so everyone has to time of the year, but that means still going out keep up with the cleanliness, the mask weararound town and visiting friends and family ing, the physical distancing and everything members as little as possible. else we've been doing during the lockdown "We were, kind of, looking at the restric- and before." tions being lifted around Dec. 10 for awhile Towtongie said he feels hamlet council there, and it was kind of a shock to the hamlet should have had more of a voice in the decision council that it got lifted when it did without too making to lift the lockdown restrictions. much warning. He said council should also have some "We didn't get much of a head's up on it, so input in putting together the information that's we just have to deal with it. They're the experts going out to the community. on all this and they're trying to keep things "That might help us and it might just help going as normally as possible in the commun- them a bit, as well. ity, but I hope they're not rushing it." "Don't get me wrong. The Government of Towtongie said Rankin's municipal staff Nunavut is doing a good job. They're doing as members were nothing short of amazing dur- well as could be expected and then some. ing the recent lockdown. "We just have to be thankful for now and He said the hamlet workers were doing keep up the good work that's been keeping this everything that they could to keep things Covid from spreading and getting worse in our going as smoothly as possible. community. "They did their part on the volunteering "We won this battle but we're still at war side of things also, and they provided a lot of against this virus." by Darrell Greer

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"Maybe we had to see a bit of it to realize just how big of a headache it is to deal with once it's here."

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Things have become a little bit more normal in Rankin Inlet since the end of the recent lockdown and easing of restrictions in the community on Dec. 3.


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Mayor feels the worst is over Winning, from page 3

everything else aside to make sure the community's needs are being met, and that everything is being delivered on time and in a safe manner. "We're being very cautious and very safety minded with everything we do. "At any given moment, we have six water trucks and six sewage trucks on the road. They work about 14 hours a day with a shift change during the day. "Before each shift change, we have a guy who sanitizes everything in the truck, right from the hose and nozzle to the door knobs, steering wheel and gearshift – everything is left very clean and sanitized for the next driver." Mitigating community fears Savikataaq said there is some fear in Arviat but, with the hamlet's positive messaging and keeping people calm, they've managed to mitigate the vast majority of it. He said fear is just as dangerous as the virus itself, so they're doing everything they can to keep people calm. "We've been lucky so far in that the vast majority of our municipal workers have been showing up for work every day. "They know how important their services are to the public.

"When the virus first hit, there were some who had to isolate, but we're over that now." Savikataaq said he feels that the worst is over now in Arviat. He said everyone is doing their part by following the health orders and every day is getting better in the community. "The numbers are fluctuating but they're in a steady decline. "We're happy for the people in Whale Cove and Rankin Inlet for having their outbreaks under control, but you can't really compare the Covid-19 outbreaks in those communities to what we've been dealing with in Arviat. "As of Nov. 30, Arviat had 53 recoveries. If you combine the total of Rankin and Whale Cove, they're nowhere near close to that but, yes, they seem to have stopped the virus. "It's a lot easier to put out a campfire than it is a house fire." Savikataaq said the hamlet plans to continue what it's been doing up to this point in its fight against the virus, and that includes the delivery of food hampers that have been helping to keep everyone's spirits high. He said that's really helped keep the stress levels down for many families, knowing that their kids won't

file photo courtesy of the Hamlet of Arviat

Arviat Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. says everyone is doing their part by following public health orders and every day is 'getting better' in the community. be going hungry. "As you know, there hasn't been any visiting at all in our community for a while now and that's been really hard on many people. "In less than two weeks time, before Christmas, we hope to have delivered to each house what's basically a mental-health kit for kids and adults to help keep them busy and occupied. "The people of Arviat

are amazing and everyone is doing their part. It's the people leading the way in fighting this war, which we are winning battle by battle. "I'd like to thank the people of Arviat for all their hard work. It is not going unnoticed. "And I'd like to thank everyone, no matter where on this planet they happen to be, for thinking about and praying for Arviat."


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Dealing with a dreaded call Rankin Inlet Fire Chief Mark Wyatt had a lot to think about while isolating for five days after being told he'd been possibly exposed to Covid-19 this past month in Rankin. photo courtesy of Mark Wyatt

Rankin Inlet fire chief shares what crossed his mind in isolation after being exposed to virus by Darrell Greer

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When word came out that Covid-19 had made its way into three Kivalliq communities this past month, most folks followed the health precautions being issued daily and hoped they hadn't been exposed to whoever had been infected with the virus. Some dreaded that their phone would ring with a dire warning. Rankin Inlet Fire Chief Mark Wyatt had his hopes dashed when he received a call telling him he had been possibly exposed and that he had to isolate for five days. When you live alone in Rankin Inlet, five days in isolation often leaves a person with far too much time on their hands to think about what may lie ahead. Wyatt said he actually received three calls that progressed from it's not a high risk, to maybe things are going to change, to you have to isolate for five days.

He said the third call came on Nov. 20 and he entered into isolation until the following Wednesday, Nov. 25. "When I was first told I was possibly exposed to it I remember thinking that I didn't have any symptoms," said Wyatt. "Then I immediately began to try and figure out how this happened and everything else, and it didn't take me very long to figure things out and who it was I was in contact with. "Isolating down south just to be safe is one thing, but all of a sudden I'm being told to go into isolation and I'm at home taking my temperature every two hours. "It becomes kind of eerie because you find yourself more or less sitting at home waiting for the symptoms to start." Wyatt said once in isolation, he immediately started contact tracing himself from Nov. 10, writing down the names of everyone he could remember coming into con-

tact with just in case the next phone call was more bad news. He said then he sat at home alone for five days and let his imagination run wild. "I thought about taking my dog for a walk around midnight and then I started with the what ifs – what if some ATV hit me when I was out walking and people had to come and deal with it, or what if I went for a drive and got into some kind of an accident and then I have to expose myself to other people? "Then I decided isolation is isolation and I should just stay home, period. "However, the thing with isolation is, especially when you live by yourself, it gives you an awful lot of time to sit there and dwell on things. "It was a lot different than staying in a hotel for two weeks down south." Wyatt said he's sure he's no different from everyone else who received a similar call, in that he quickly found himself pondering what things would

be like for him if he was confirmed positive and what would happen next. He said he took some comfort in knowing most people that tested positive in the three affected communities (Rankin, Arviat and Whale Cove) weren't exhibiting any major symptoms, but that was no guarantee he would react the same way if he tested positive. "I'm not 25 anymore and I thought if I test positive, am I going to be one of those statistics where people get really sick or even die? Should I revise my will? You can try to stay positive all you want, but when you're all alone it's almost impossible not to dwell on some negative thoughts. All these things cross your mind and you have to find a way to deal with it. "Right out of the blue your mortality all of a sudden comes into question and you go, geez, what if? Even though most people recover from it, way more than a million people didn't.

"I watch the news every day on what's happening in Winnipeg and the number of deaths in Manitoba. Yes, most of them are in their 70s, 80s and 90s, but on Dec. 1 a man in his 30s died and a man in his 40s died. So, you know, this can really happen. "I breathed a sigh of relief

to get the all's clear call, but you can't help but wonder until that call comes. It's the mental aspect of it that I found to be the most difficult to cope with. "It's not the most horrible experience in the world but I wouldn't choose to go through it again."


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A sign of appreciation Chloe Norris, rapid response team leader for Rankin Inlet, left, and public health nurse Darlene Dowse accept a large box of free meals prepared by the Slapshot Canteen in sponsorship with the Terence Tootoo Memorial committee in Rankin Inlet this past month. The meals are a token of appreciation for all the hard work put in by health-care workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. photo courtesy of Troy Aksalnik


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Successful fishing/hunting trip, Nov. 7 to 11, 207 fish caught with nets, 75 miles north of Gjoa Haven.

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WINNER: Stephen Killiktee Near Pond Inlet, on Oct 5, 2020. Waiting for seals to surface.

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My grandparents Jimmy and Ruth Qirqqut watching fish go onto their nets.

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My husband saw a polar bear eating leftovers when he was on a boating trip.

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A photo of Arviat taken from outside town. Arviat NorthWhale Cove MLA John Main said the community is trying to stay upbeat and supportive after it was announced they will remain on lockdown until the middle of December in an effort to isolate the current Covid-19 outbreak there. photo courtesy of John Main

MLA says community staying upbeat despite continued restrictions by Cody Punter

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It will be at least another two weeks until life is back to normal in Arviat. Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson ordered the community to remain under lockdown on Dec. 2 as restrictions were eased across the rest of the territory. As of Dec. 7, Arviat accounted for 49

of the territory's 51 active Covid-19 cases. In total 113 people have been reported as recovered throughout Nunavut. "We're kind of standing alone in Arviat in terms of the lockdown. Which is tough on everyone: Elders, kids, families and businesses," said Arviat North-Whale Cove MLA John Main. "It's a real burden trying to get through this but I think everyone knows that this is for the right reasons."

Main has been at home with his family since returning from the most recent sitting of the legislative assembly at the beginning of last month. He said he has been fielding complaints from people who have been impacted the most by the lockdown, in particular people who have tested positive and had to quarantine with family members in crowded houses. "It's very hard on families. It hasn't been an easy time for a lot of them." Main said the community has been doing its best to cope with the circumstances for the past few weeks. "At first, the positive cases being announced, it was a big shock for the community. Since then people have gotten out of that shock and moved into response mode," he said. "It's been really heartwarming on some levels to see the community come together." To help keep spirits up, residents have been coming together to sing on their doorsteps. Main said there have also been several "miniparades," where people have driven around town, while remaining in their vehicles, to celebrate people who have recovered from Covid-19. "It's difficult when we're not supposed to gather and see each other." Main added that the local radio station has played a large role in boosting morale. People have been calling in regularly to offer positive wishes to each other. Meanwhile church services have also been

Seen here are the now-empty roads of Arviat with the entire town under lockdown for Covid-19 pandemic. photo courtesy of Angie Akammak

offered over the airwaves. "It's been a real gathering place for the community. There's been a lot of hard work put in by the radio announcers. They're definitely deserving of some credits." Community support inspiring The additional support to the community offered by NTI and Agnico Eagle, as well as $500,000 worth of food distributed by Food Banks Canada, has helped ensure people don't go hungry, Main said. A big donation of caribou meat from Baker Lake is also on its way so Arviatmiut can have access to country food. "The food hamper distribution through the hamlet was extremely well-received by the community and took a lot of stress off of people in the community that have issues around food security," said Main. Businesses have also been negatively impacted by the shutdown. On the one hand taxis, contractors and hotels have seen most of their income disappear. On the other hand, essential services like grocery stores have been operating under increased strain. "The retail stores in town have really stepped up to help," he said, pointing to the additional measures which have been in place to keep people safe. They have been providing delivery services as well as specialized Elders hours to allow vulnerable people to shop with less risk. Main said staff at grocery stores have been bearing the brunt of the workload to keep the community going. "Staff are at increased risk due to exposure. It's a stressful time for those people. They're very important." Going forward, Main said he is hopeful that the community will pull together and do what it takes to get the case number back down to zero. However, he said that recovery will rely on people sticking to guidelines and not breaking the rules. "If we have people start breaking or bending the rules we could have another spike in cases here."


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Crafty tool Local fishers Roger Pilakapsi, left, Willie Twyee Jr. and Ray Pudlat find a unique use for a broken hockey stick while out on the land fishing near Rankin Inlet this past month. photo courtesy of Noel Kaludjak

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