Nunavut News - Oct. 18, 2021 Edition

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ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ: ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᒧᑦ ᓱᕈᖅᑎᕆᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᒪᑐᓯᕗᖅ ᓇᖕᒥᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂ, ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᓂ; ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᓱᓇᒃᑯᑖᓂ ᓇᒃᓯᐅᔾᔭᐅᕗᑦ ᐅᓯᑲᑦᑕᕈᑎᒥᒃ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒃᑯᑦ

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ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᑖᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑐᓐᖓᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᒥᖓᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᑎᑕᐅᒍᒪᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓂ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᑎᑦᑎᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑳᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔭᐅᓂᖏᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᒋᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᕆᔭᐅᔪᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᓗ ᑎᒥᐅᔪᑉ. ᐊᒃᑐᐱᕆ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᕕᐱᕆ ᐊᑯᓐᓂᖓᓂ, ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑐᓐᖓᕕᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᒥᖓᑦ ᐊᐱᖅᓱᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐊᕐᒪᑕ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂᓗ ᓈᓚᐅᑎᒃᑰᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᒃ, ᑲᑎᒪᖃᑎᖃᕐᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᐊᓛᓂᒃ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᑎᑎᖅᑲᑎᒍᑦ ᖃᓄᖅᑑᕈᑕᐅᖁᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᑎᒍᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑎᒍᒥᐊᒐᑎᒍᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᑐᕌᖓᔪᓂᒃ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂᒃ, ᐃᕐᓂᓱᒃᓰᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᕐᓂᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕋᐅᑎᑦ, ᖃᕋᓴᒃᑯᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᒪᑎᑦᑎᓂᖅ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᐅᒪᑦᓯᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᒪᑎᑦᑎᔨᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᖏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᓂᒃ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᓕᕆᑦᓯᐊᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ. please see NTI, page 12

ᒥᖅᓱᕆᐅᖅᓴᓂᖅ ᐱᒋᐊᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᕕᐱᕆᒥ

ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔨᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᓕᓂᕐᒥ ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦ ᐊᔪᖏᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᑎᒋᓕᐅᓕᓵᖅᑐᑦ ᐱᒋᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᓄᕕᐱᕆ 1-5-ᒧᑦ, ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᐅᑭᐅᖃᖅᑐᑦ 36–ᓂᒃ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᓪᓗ ᐳᐊᓗᓕᐅᕆᐅᕈᒪᔪᑦ, ᓇᓴᓕᐅᕆᐅᕈᒪᔪᓪᓗ, ᑲᒥᓪᓛᕈᑎᓂᒡᓗ ᕿᓯᖕᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᕐᓗᑎᒃ, ᕿᓯᐅᔭᕐᓂᒡᓗ, ᓰᐱᐅᑉ ᐊᒥᖏᓐᓂᒡᓗ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐸᒥᐅᓕᒡᔪᐊᑦ ᑮᒋᐊᑦ ᐊᒥᖏᓐᓂᒃ. ᐃᓚᐅᒍᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᑎᓕᐅᖅᓯᒪᒋᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐱᕆ 27, ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᕕᒋᓗᒍ ᑯᕆᔅᑏᓇ ᐱᐊᔅᑦ ᕼᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖓᓂ (645-2895, ᐅᖃᕐᕕᒋᒍᒪᓗᒍ ᓈᓴᐊᑎᖓ 1006), ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ wellness@rankininlet.ca. please see Beginners, page 12

ᐅᖄᓚᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ Northwestel ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ 2022-23–ᒥᓗ

ᓄᓇᕗᑦ/ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᖅ ᐅᖄᓚᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ Northwestel ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᒥᒃ ᓵᓚᖃᕋᓱᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥᐅᓂᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ 2022-23–ᒥ ᐅᖄᓚᐅᑎᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂ. ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᖓᓯᒌᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᔪᔮᕐᓗᓂ, ᐊᓯᔾᔨᖅᓯᒪᖏᓪᓗᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑕᐅᓪᓚᕆᒡᓗᓂ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᕐᒥ, ᐊᒡᒐᒧᑦ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ (ᒥᖑᐊᑦ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖃᖅᑐᑦ, ᐅᖅᓱᖃᖅᑐᑦ, ᐃᒪᖃᖅᑐᑦ ᑲᓚᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ, ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓄᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᐊᓯᖏᓪᓗ) ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ (ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑯᑦ ᒥᖑᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᕆᑕᐅᔭᒃᑰᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ). ᑭᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᒧᑦ ᓂᐅᕕᖅᑕᐅᕙᒌᖅᓯᒪᖏᓪᓗᓂ ᐱᒋᔭᐅᕙᒌᖏᓪᓗᓂ, ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᒋᐊᖃᖏᑉᐳᖅ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᓗᓂᓗ, ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎ ᓂᐅᕐᕈᑎᖃᕈᒪᒋᐊᖃᖏᑉᐳᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑕᒥᓂᒃ, ᓴᖅᑭᔮᖅᑎᑦᑎᒋᐊᖃᙱᑉᐳᖅ. ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᓯᒋᐊᖃᙱᖦᖢᓂᓗ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᒋᐊᖃᙱᖦᖢᓂᓗ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᓯᒪᔭᒥᓂᒃ. ᒪᕐᕉᒃ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐊᑐᓂ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎᓂᑦ. ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐅᖄᓚᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᒃᓴᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᐊᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᖅᓯᒪᔭᖏᓐᓂᒡᓗ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑕᐅᖏᑉᐳᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ ᓯᑕᒪᓄᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᕈᔾᔨᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᒃᐸᑕ ᐅᖄᓚᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ. ᑐᑭᓯᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ, ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎᑦ ᑕᑯᒋᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᕗᖓ nwtel.ca/artcontest. ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑕᓯ ᐱᓯᒪᒋᐊᖃᖅᐸᕗᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐱᕆ 25 ᐃᓱᓕᕕᐅᓪᓗᓂ. please see Northwestel, page 12

ᕼᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᓈᓇᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᐃᖃᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ

ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᕼᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᓈᓇᐅᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᐃᖃᖏᑦᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᓂ. ᑕᒪᒃᑯᐊ ᐃᓐᓇᑐᖃᐃᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᒋᐊᖅᑐᖅᑎᑕᐅᕙᒡᓗᑎᒡᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᒃ, ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᕐᓂᖅ ᖃᓄᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅ, ᓂᕿᓕᐅᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᖅᓱᕐᓂᖅ. ᐊᕙᑎᐅᖕᒪᑕ ᐃᓂᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᒪᕐᕉᓕᖓᓂᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᑲᑎᖓᔪᑦ ᖁᓕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᓄᕕᐱᕆᒥ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓂᐊᖅᖢᓂ. ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᐳᓛᕆᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᕕᖕᒥ 7-ᒥᑦ 9-ᒧᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᖏᑦᑐᓂ ᐅᑉᓗᓂ ᐊᑐᓂ ᑖᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐃᓚᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓄᑦ. ᐃᓚᐅᒍᒪᔪᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᖅᑑᓪᓗᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐹᑦ ᑭᒍᓯᐅ’ᓈᖅ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓯᑎᕙᓂ ᐱᐊᓪ ᕼᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐅᖄᓗᑎᖓᑦ: 857-2841 ext: 1003 ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ 1019. please see Hamlet, page 12

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fact file Nunavut COVID-19 situation as of Oct. 13 Active cases: 7 Confirmed cases: 671 Recovered cases: 660 Deaths: 4

Vaccine uptake: 24,747 first doses – 84 per cent over age 12 21,683 second doses – 73 per cent over age 12 Source: Government of Nunavut Department of Health

ᓱᒃᑲᔪᒥ ᒪᓕᒋᐊᓕᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ Northern News Services

ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᐅᐸᒍᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓇᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᐸᒍᓐᓇᔾᔮᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᐅᓛᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 18–ᒥ, ᑐᕌᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᒧᑦ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 25–ᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥ. ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒍ 58–ᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᑕᓪᓕᒪᑦ ᐃᒃᓯᕙᐅᑕᖅᑖᑲᐅᑎᒋᔪᓂ: ᑕᐃᕕᑦ ᔪᐊᓇᓯ, ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓘᑉ ᓂᒋᐊᓂ; ᑕᐃᕕᑦ ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ, ᖁᑦᑎᒃᑐᖅ; ᒫᒡᒍᓕᑦ ᓇᑲᓱᒃ, ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ; ᔫ ᓴᕕᑲᑖᖅ, ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᓂᒋᐊᓂ; ᔮᓐ ᒪᐃᓐ, ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓂ–ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᖅ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑕᐃᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᒪᐃᒃᑯᑎᒃ: - ᑲᓇᑕᒥᐅᑕᐅᓗᓂ; - 18–ᓂ ᐅᑭᐅᖃᕈᓂ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᓪᓗ; - ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑕᐅᓗᓂ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓪᓗᐊᒥ; - ᐱᔪᓐᓇᙱᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᙱᒃᑯᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔫᑉ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᕐᕕᐊᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᕐᕕᒋᔭᖓᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓗᓂ. ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓃᓐᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐱᔭᕇᖅᓯᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᒃᓴᒧᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ, ᐱᔭᕇᖅᓯᓗᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᒃᓴᒧᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᑕᑎᕆᐊᓕᖕᒥ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᖓᓐᓂ, ᑎᑎᕋᕐᓗᒍ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᓇᒃᓯᐅᑎᓗᒍ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᑭᓇᐅᓂᕐᓂ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑕᐅᔪᓂ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐱᔭᕇᖅᓯᓗᑎᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᑕᑎᕆᐊᓕᖕᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕆᐊᖅᑐᖅᑎᓪᓗᑎᑦ ᓈᒻᒪᒃᑐᓂ ᑭᓇᐅᓂᕐᓂ

ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑕᖃᕐᓗᑎᑦ. ᓂᕈᐊᕈᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᒃᓴᓄᐊᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ, ᐅᕘᓇ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ – ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᓄᑦ ᖁᓕᓄᑦ, 14–ᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᓄᑦ ᑎᓴᒪᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ. ᐅᐸᒍᓐᓇᔾᔮᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᓂ 7–ᓂ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓄᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᖃᙱᑦᑐᒥ. ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᕐᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓄᑐᖃᕐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐊᔪᕈᑎᓕᖕᓄᑦ. ᐊᓯᐊᒎᖅᑐᒥ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᒋᕗᖅ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐅᖓᓯᒃᑐᓂ ᐃᓂᓕᖕᓂ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᓄᖓ ᐅᐸᒃᑕᐅᑦᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐅᐸᒡᓗᑎᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᕈᒪᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᑕᐃᑲᓂ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19–ᒥ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᖃᓂᒻᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇ ᓂᕈᐊᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᓂᖃᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 18 ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ. ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᓪᓚᕆᐅᔪᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ 9 ᐅᓪᓛᒃᑯ 7-ᒧᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ. ᐅᐸᒍᓐᓇᔾᔮᙱᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ 12–ᒥ ᖁᓛᓂ 7-ᒧᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗᑦᑕᐅᖅ ᐅᕘᓇ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᑎᒍᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖓᓂ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕈᒪᒍᑎᒃ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒧᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᐸᒍᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᑭᐊᖅᑭᕕᖓᓂ.

ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑕᑦ ᑎᒃᑯᐊᖓᕗᑦ ᐃᒃᓯᕋᕐᔪᐊᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᐊᕐᕕᖓᓄᑦ, ᐊᑕᐅᓯᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ.

Election signs point toward the Catholic Church, one of Iqaluit’s polling stations during the territorial election. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

How to vote in the 2021 Territorial Election By Trevor Wright Northern News Services Nunavut

Nunavummiut will be able to attend advance polls taking place next week on Oct. 18, in the lead-up to the Oct. 25 territorial election. There are a total of 58 candidates in this year’s election, five of whom are acclaimed: David Joanasie, South Baffin; David Akeeagok, Quttiktuq; Margaret Nakashuk, Pangnirtung; Joe Savikataaq, Arviat South; John Main, Arviat NorthWhale Cove. Residents of Nunavut can vote if they are: - A Canadian citizen; - 18 years of age or older;

- A resident of Nunavut for at least one full year; - Not disqualified from voting. Residents must vote in the constituency they live in, and must also be on the voters list. To get on the voters list, one must either complete voter registration online, complete a voter registration form from the website, print it and email it with two pieces of ID, or complete a registration form when you go to vote with the proper identification. Ways to vote include going to polls on election day itself, through the Office of the Returning Officer in approved communities – available for up to ten days, 14 to four days before election day. Advance voting can be done seven days before election day and is available in communities

without a returning officer. Mobile polls can be arranged for the day before the election for Elders and those with disabilities. Special emergency voting is also available for those in remote locations, or those who are in isolation or prefer not to vote in person during the Covid-19 pandemic. People who wish to vote this way have to make arrangements with Elections Nunavut before Oct. 18. Regular polls on election day will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance polls are 12 to 7 p.m. as is voting via the Office of the Returning Officer. People who wish to access the mobile poll can contact Elections Nunavut. For more information on the territorial election, people can visit the Elections Nunavut website.


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Nunavut announces new proof of vaccination certificates Certificate will not replace Nunavut’s vaccination exemption letter By Trevor Wright Northern News Services Nunavut

A new proof of vaccination certificate is now available to Nunavummiut, Nunavut’s Department of Health announced on Oct. 12. The new certificate will allow territorial residents to comply with the upcoming federal proof of vaccination requirements for domestic travel and access non-essential services in jurisdictions requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination. It will not be replacing the vaccine exemption letter required by the Office of the Chief Public Health Officer at this time, which is required to skip a two-week isolation in a southern hub. The vaccination certificate will include an individual’s name, date of birth, vaccine information and a QR code, which will allow for verification of vaccine status. It is free and can be obtained at local health centres, Iqaluit Public Health, the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, and there will also be a clinic

at Iqaluit’s Cadet Hall on Oct. 14 and 15 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. People are asked to schedule a time to pick-up their certificate to avoid overwhelming health facilities. The Department of Health is recommending people only request a vaccination certificate a few days prior to a scheduled travel date. Nunavummiut are also recommended to research the public health restrictions of any given destination as well as the proof of vaccination requirements before travelling. Vaccine supplies remain available throughout Nunavut. People can call their local health centre or Iqaluit Public Health if they haven’t received a Covid-19 vaccination yet. Anyone who develops symptoms of Covid-19 is advised to call the COVID-hotline at 1-888-9758601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EST to arrange testing, or notify their community health centre right away. If symptomatic, please do not go to the health centre in person, and immediately isolate at home for 14 days.

ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᑯᒃᓴᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᕇᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐸᐃᑉᐹᖓᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐅᓇᑕᖅᑐᒃᓴᙳᐊᒃᑯᕕᖕᒥ, ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 14–ᒥ.

Nunavummiut apply for a proof of vaccination certificate, or PVC at Iqaluit’s Cadet Hall, Oct. 14. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᒥ ᓱᕈᖅᑎᕆᔪᖅ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᒪᑐᓯᕗᖅ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᓂ, ᓇᖕᒥᓂᕆᔭᐅᔪᓂ, ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᕐᕕᖏᓐᓂ; ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᔪᒪᕗᑦ Northern News Services

Volunteer Hannah Durdle-Awa asks a resident of Iqaluit their building number before they are given supplies of water flown in by the Government of Nunavut. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo

ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖓ ᓱᕈᖅᑎᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᒧᑦ, ᓄᖅᑲᖅᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᓂ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᒥᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᒪᖓᓐᓂ, ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓂᕿᓕᐅᕈᑎᒋᓗᒍ. ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 12–ᒥ 400–ᑲᓴᐃᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᓈᓚᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᖃᕋᓴᐅᔭᑎᒍᑦ ᑐᓴᖅᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖃᕐᕕᖕᒥ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᒪᒃᒥᒐᓚᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᖕᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᓈᓚᒃᑕᐅᔪᓐᓇᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᐅᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓕᐊᒥ ᑕᐃᑲᓂᑦᑕᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐅᓐᓄᖓᓂ, ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᒥᐅᓂ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐃᓕᓂᕐᒥ ᑯᕕᕕᖕᓂᙶᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᑕᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒦᓐᓂᖓᓂ. ᐅᓇ ᐃᓚᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᖃᓛᖅᑎᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓱᕈᔾᔭᐃᒃᑯᓯᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ. ᐅᓇ ᒪᓕᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐅᓪᓛᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐃᓄᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᑐᓴᒐᒃᓴᐅᑎᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓪᓗᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 10–ᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕆᔭᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᒃᓱᓐᓂᑦᑐᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥᙶᖅᑐᒥ. ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒥ ᐃᒪᖓᓐᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᖓᓂ ᓱᓕ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᖑᕙᓪᓕᐊᕗᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᒻᒪᕆᖓ ᐊᐃᒥ ᐃᐅᓪᒍᔅᒪ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ “ᑐᕌᖓᓂᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᑎᐱᐊᓗᖕᓂ” ᓇᓂᔭᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᐅᑉ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐃᕝᕕᖓᓂ. ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᑯᓂ ᐊᐅᓪᓚᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᖃᓪᓗᓈᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓐᓄᑦ ᖄᒃᑲᓐᓂᐊᒍᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓂᕆᐅᒋᔭᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᑎᓛᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᓗᐊᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓂ. ᑲᑎᒪᔨ ᓴᐳᑦ ᑐᒃᓯᕋᓚᐅᕆᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ, ᐱᖁᔨᕗᖔᕈᑎᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓄᑦ. ᐅᓐᓄᓴᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᑐᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓂ ᐃᒡᓗᕐᔪᐊᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᒥᐊᒃᑯᖓᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᖓᓂ. ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᖏᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᒪᑐᓯᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓂ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᓂ ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 13–ᒥ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᓇᓂᔭᐅᔪᖃᖅᐸᑦ. ᑲᑐᔾᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᒃᓴᓕᐊᒥ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 13–ᒥ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑲᓇᑕᐅᑉ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᖏᑕ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᓗᐊᕆ ᐃᓪᓚᐅᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᑦ NDP–ᑯᓐᓄ ᓯᕗᓕᐊᖅᑎᖓ ᔮᒡᒦᑦ ᓯᖕ ᖃᐃᖁᔨᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ

ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᑐᓂᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᕿᓚᒻᒥᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᖅ ᓯᖓᐃᔪᑦ, ᐃᓅᕋᑖᕐᓂᑯᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᑕᕋᓛᑦ ᐅᕕᓂᖕᓂᐊᓪᓗᐊᙱᓚᑦ ᐅᕝᕙᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐅᐊᓴᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᑯᕕᕕᖕᓂ ᐃᒪᖓᓐᓂ. ᑯᕕᕕᓂᑦ ᐃᒪᖓ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᑯᓄᖓ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ: - ᐊᓐᓄᕌᓂᒃ ᐅᐊᓴᐃᓂᕐᒥ - ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ - ᐅᕕᓂᖕᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᓴᐅᕗᒥ (ᐄᑦᑕᐃᓕᓗᒍ ᐃᒪᖅ) ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᖃᓗᒡᕕᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐅᖃᓗᒍᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᐅᕗᖓ 867-979-5603, ᐅᖃᓗᒡᕕᐅᔪᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᓇᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐃᑲᕐᕋᖏᓐᓂ. ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᑎᓂ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᔪᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᓄᑦ ᖃᑦᑕᖏᓐᓄᑦ. ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᓂᖅ ᐱᓕᕆᔨᕐᔪᐊᖑᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ ᑲᒻᐸᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒡᓂᑯ ᐄᒍᓪ ᓇᒃᓯᐅᔾᔨᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ 15,000 ᓖᑕᓂ ᓴᓗᒪᔪᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒧᑦ. ᑐᓐᓂᖅᑯᓯᐊᖑᔪᖅ ᓂᕆᐅᒋᔭᐅᕗᖅ ᑎᑭᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐅᓯᑲᑦᑕᕈᑕᐅᔪᒥ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒥ ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 15–ᒥ. “ᐃᒪᖅ ᐱᓪᓚᕆᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᒃᓴᐅᕗᖅ. ᐊᑐᕆᐊᖃᖅᐸᕗᑦ ᓂᕆᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓚᑦᑎᓐᓂ, ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐃᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᑦᑎᓐᓂ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᖅᑕᐃᓕᒪᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐃᕆᐸᓂᕐᒧᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᓂᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ,” ᑲᒻᐸᓂ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. “ᐊᒡᓂᑯ ᐄᒍᓪ ᐊᖏᖅᓯᒪᓂᖃᖅᐳᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᕙᓗᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔭᑦᑎᓐᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒃᑰᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ.” ᐊᒡᓂᑯ ᐄᒍᓪ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᓲᖑᕗᖅ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᒎᓗᒧᑦ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᕐᕕᓂ ᑭᕙᓪᓕᕐᒥ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥ ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᓂ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐅᒃᑐᐱᕆ 14–ᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐱᓚᐅᕆᕗᑦ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᑕᐅᓴᓐ–ᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᒪᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᔪᒥ, ᓖᑕᓂ ᐴᖑᔪᓂ, ᐅᓐᓄᓴᒃᑯᑦ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᖑᔪᒥ. ᐃᒪᖅᑖᕐᕕᒃᓴᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᖕᓂ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᖅᑕᐅᔪᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᕐᓇᐃᑦᑐᖅ ᐊᓐᓂᑭᑕᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᖃᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᑭᐅᒃᑯᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᙳᐊᕐᕕᖓᑕ ᓄᓇᓯᐅᑎᖃᕐᕕᖓᓂ, ᐊᖏᓛᖑᔪᒥ ᑎᓴᒪᓂ ᑎᓴᒪᓂ–ᓖᑕᓂ ᐊᑐᒃᑲᓐᓂᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᒥ ᖃᑦᑕᓂ ᐊᑐᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᕆᔭᐅᔪᒧᑦ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᓴᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ. ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᐃᒪᐃᖁᔨᓇᔭᖅᐳᖅ ᐅᓇ ᐃᒪᖅ ᐊᑐᖅᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᓂᕐᒧᑐᐊᖅ ᓂᕿᓕᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᓪᓗ.


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Monday, October 18, 2021 A5

State of emergency declared in Iqaluit Water supply contaminated by fuel, unsafe for consumption; aid pours in from industry and others By Trevor Wright Northern News Services

ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᒻᒥᖅᓯᕗᖅ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔫᑉ ᐃᒪᖃᐅᑎᖓᓐᓂ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖃᕐᕕᐅᑉ ᐃᒥᖅᓴᑕᕐᕕᖓᑕ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ.

Iqaluit

Iqaluit’s water supply is contaminated by fuel, preventing residents from consuming tap water, or using it for cooking. On Oct. 12 nearly 400 people tuned into the City of Iqaluit’s livestream for an emergency meeting regarding an ongoing water situation in the capital, although most of the discussion was held in-camera. The Government of Nunavut posted an announcement the same evening, advising Iqalummuit to not drink tap water in Iqaluit due to the possibility of hydrocarbons being in the water. This includes boiled and filtered water. This followed an early morning public service announcement dated Oct. 10 advising people to report any reports of a fuel odor coming from drinking water. “Previous test results found that the risk of contamination at the time was low and that the water was safe to drink. Observations at the Iqaluit water treatment plant today found evidence of potential hydrocarbons contamination,” stated the City. The City has retained the support of a consulting engineering firm and is working with Public Health officials. Investigations of the city’s drinking water system are still ongoing, however Iqaluit CAO Amy Elgersma said “concentrated odors” have been located at the City’s water treatment plant. Water samples have been sent down south with additional test results expected to come back within five business days. Councillor Sheppard also proposed a local state of emergency, a motion that passed unanimously. The following afternoon the Government of Nunavut closed all of its buildings in Iqaluit for the remainder of the day. The Iqaluit District Education Authority announced they were also closing all schools in Apex and Iqaluit for Oct. 13, until a secure supply of drinking water can be found. In a joint statement Oct. 13 Nunavut MP Lori Idlout and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called on the federal government to provide short-term relief. “Clean drinking water is a right and no community in Canada should go without it. Our thoughts are with Inuit and Nunavummiut in the face of this water crisis. All communities deserve access to clean drinking water.” The statement adds the NDP have reached out to Iqaluit mayor Kenny Bell to help find a solution. Precautions Pregnant women, newborns and infants should not take baths or be bathed in tap water. Tap water may be still used for the following purposes: - Laundry - Cleaning - Showers (avoid swallowing the water) The City has also set up a drinking water hotline which residents can call at 867-979-5603, which can be called during regular business hours. They also have chlorinated treated water trucks available for residents who receive water in their tanks. Impact on business The city-wide water supply issues in Nunavut’s capital have impacted various small businesses all over the city. All of Iqaluit’s Tim Horton’s Express stores have stopped selling coffee and tea altogether, with the main NorthMart location shuttering its doors. Black Heart Cafe, which normally sells a number of beverages such as coffee, tea, lattes, espressos, stuck to selling mainly canned/bottled drinks and food following the advisory. The Discovery Inn’s Granite Room remained open, having procured water from one of the designated water filling stations, one of several restaurants in the capital that has figured out workarounds to the water crisis. Iqaluit’s only brewery, the Nunavut Brewing Company is also affected by the public health

A City of Iqaluit employee fills up a resident’s water jug near the Library Filling Station, Oct. 13. Trevor Wright/NNSL photo advisories, having no products available either at its licensed partners locations; existing older stock was sold at the Beer and Wine Store. All production activities at the brewery are halted until the water is considered safe. The taproom remained open. Other existing licensed establishments worked around the water issue, largely selling canned beverages shipped from the south. Grocery stores in Iqaluit have also run out of bottled water with empty shelves seen at NorthMart, Arctic Ventures and Baffin Canners, with empty shelves still being seen on the afternoon of Oct. 14. The Arctic Food Bank at the Mosque is unaffected, with its stocks being entirely preserved and packaged. The Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre has called on all levels of government from municipal to federal to “strengthen their responses to this emergency”, saying it’s affecting one of the most food insecure regions of Canada. Aid from industry, others Nunavut mining company Agnico Eagle, which operates two gold mines in the Kivalliq region and one in the Kitikmeot region, is shipping 15,000 litres of clean water to the city. The donation is expected to arrive on board a cargo flight on Oct. 15. “Water is a vital resource. We need it to feed our families, to clean our homes, and for basic health, hygiene, and sanitation purposes,” the company stated. “Agnico Eagle is committed to helping communities surrounding our operations during their times of need.” Senator Dennis Patterson is organizing a donation of ready-to-feed baby formula and safe-toswallow toothpaste for Iqaluit residents. Working with VIO volunteers, an Ontario-based non-profit group founded to send aid during the Covid-19 pandemic, the goal is to ship $10,000 worth of formula and $5,000 worth of toothpaste to the Nunavut capital. “The city, businesses and private citizens have

been excellent at sourcing water to provide residents,” said Patterson. “But we can’t forget that parents rely on water to mix formula for their children and brush their kids’ teeth. That is why we are focusing on ready-to-feed formula and safe-to-swallow toothpaste. We can reduce water consumption at a time when resources are slim while helping bring piece of mind to parents.” On Oct. 14 the City of Iqaluit received several

thousand litres of potable water, in 4L containers, on the afternoon flight. Water distribution centres were set up at the Arnaitok Arena parking lot and the Arctic Winter Games Complex parking lot, with a maximum of four four-litre reusable jugs per household distributed. The City recommended this water be used for consumption only. – with files from Derek Neary


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territory. Of the 53 - acclaimed seats were not interviewed - 24 respsonded. Some answers have been edited for length or clarity, full versions can be found on nunavutnews.com.

Cambridge Bay: Jeannie Ehaloak Jeannie Ehaloak Community: Cambridge Bay Volunteer or board experience: 2017-2021, Cambridge Bay MLA; minister of Justice, Human Rights, Labour, Democratic Institutions, Qulliq Energy Corporation, Community and Government Services; Former mayor of Cambridge Bay (six years); President of Nunavut Association of Municipalities (five years); Co-chair of Nunavut Community Infrastructure Advisory Committee (five years); Executive board member with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (five years); Co-chair of the Northern and Remote Forum of FCM (five years); Hamlet councillor (four years); Board member of the Kitikmeot Law Centre (two years); Ikaluktutiak District Education Authority (two years) Why are you running for MLA? There are matters I could continue working on in our community, such as a regional 24-bed continuing care facility for our Elders. I would also like our Elders who require level-5 care living in the western part of the country. I feel I have proven my experience. I am accountable, dedicated, committed and approachable. I genuinely work hard for my community that I love so much. I want more youth support, more programs

to enhance their life skills. I believe affordable housing is another big concern. I would like to see the rent scale revised for public hosing. For private housing, more support for individuals who want to make homes energy efficient. More availability of affordable home ownership. Mental health is an ongoing issue in our territory.I would ensure there is input from Elders, youth and residents on our territory’s need. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Climate change is a real issue in Nunavut. Our land is so important to the livelihood of Inuit. We are people of the land – the land is where we thrive, learn, relax, and heal. If our stakeholders start to work together to address climate change issues in Nunavut, we could truly try to combat these important matters together and make a difference, not just for our community but for Nunavut, as a whole. How do you envision economic development in your riding? In Cambridge Bay, mining is a major economic development influence. With the Institution of Public Governments in place, mining can be — and has proven to be — done in an environmentally-friendly way. This continues to build and support private business. Our community is growing and with their support we can

ᔩᓂ ᐃᕼᐊᓗᐊᒃ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᕐᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Jeannie Ehaloak, MLA candidate for the Cambridge Bay riding. Photo courtesy of Jeannie Ehaloak make our community sustainable through training and employment. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I support mandatory vaccinations for Covid-19 because science has proven that the vaccine helps protect against the Delta variant and other known variants. These vaccines are effective at keeping people from getting Covid-19, which is so important in our territory because of our limited health-care resources for such a pandemic. However, it is completely up to individuals if they want to be vaccinated as it is their human right to refuse.

Aivilik: Solomon Malliki Solomon Malliki Community: Naujaat Age: 38 Family status: Married Career: Business owner Volunteer or board experience: I have volunteered as as fire fighter, search and rescue, and daycare committee experience. Why are you running for MLA? I feel like I can help with what the communities need and some of the local Elders have asked me if I can run for MLA. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance?

The only way we can move forward is elected members work together. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? It should be on the agenda for sure as we are one of the first people to witness it firsthand. How do you envision economic development in your riding? It can be strong if there is good support within the Government of Nunavut. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I think it should be up to people for what they believe in the vaccine.

ᓵᓚᒪᓐ ᒥᑭ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᐃᕕᓕᖕᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Solomon Malliki, candidate in the Aivilik riding. Photo courtesy of Solomon Malliki

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Hudson Bay: Mick Appaqaq Mick Appaqaq Community: Sanikiluaq Age: 29 Family status: Engaged Career: Environmental Technician for Arctic Eider Society Volunteer or board experience: Hamlet Council, under of which I was the chair for the Planning and Lands Committee, HTO Board and part of the Joint Planning Committee for the proposed territorial park, Kinngaaluk. I was a part of CLARC (Community Land and Resource Committee), which oversees any proposed activities on Inuit-owned lands. Why are you running for MLA? I always knew I was going to run for MLA to become a voice for the people, to represent those marginalized and to build a good relationship with Inuit. Growing up and to date, I am and have been aware of some struggles Inuit face on a daily basis. These are the ones I want to forge a good relationship with, to improve their livelihood, to pave a brighter future for the next generation. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? After my time at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and learning

much of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement remains largely unimplemented, I believe the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik could work together to start implementing the NLCA. With much of Nunavut represented by MLAs from their constituencies, and with the advocacy done by NTI, I believe much could be accomplished. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? The global urgency of climate change is at its critical point, and so it should be just as urgent for Nunavut. It’s becoming apparent that we need to make long term investments in green energy, I am glad to see some communities like Sanikiluaq taking steps to becoming less dependent on fossil fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions are contributing to this situation, I believe with proper action, Nunavut will be able to mitigate climate change. How do you envision economic development in your riding? I have always encouraged economic development especially community and Inuit-driven development. There is a lot of potential for different ways for our economy to grow. There are natural and sustain-

ᒥᒃ ᐊᑉᐸᖃᖅ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Mick Appaqaq, MLA candidate for Hudson Bay riding. Photo courtesy of Mick Appaqaq able resources to tap into such as eider down and benthic (bottom of the ocean) invertebrates. With the right help, Inuit and/or Inuit owned businesses would be able to grow. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? Personally, I am for mandatory inoculations. The more people are vaccinated, the more people we would be able to keep safe. With another surge of cases of COVID-19 in Canada, it is imperative to vaccinate as many as possible.

Cambridge Bay: Pamela Hakongak Gross Pamela Hakongak Gross Community: Cambridge Bay Age: 36 Family status: In a committed relationship Career: Mayor, on leave of absence Volunteer or board experience: Kitikmeot Heritage Society, volunteer interviewing Elders and community members on climate change; Carleton University, volunteer; Umingmak Frolics and Christmas Planning Committee, volunteer; Victims Assistance Committee, Kitikmeot member; INAC/CHARS Art Integration Committee, community committee member; Circle for Indigenous Philanthropy, governing circle; Municipality of Cambridge Bay, councillor; Nunavut Sivuniksavut, board of directors; Canadian Museums Association Reconciliation Council, board of directors; Inuit Heritage Trust, president, secretary/treasurer and trustee; Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy (Minster Melanie Joly/Government of Canada); Amautiit Nunavut Inuit Woman’s Association, vice-president, secretary/treasurer and founding member; Municipality of Cambridge Bay, mayor Why are you running for MLA? I am running to give back to our community, territory and people. I strive to make a difference as I went to school to bring my post-secondary education back home for our people and work for the greater good. I have always known that education is key and have worked hard to complete what I set out to achieve. I would like to work to continue on projects that improve our community and work to lobby for funds for infrastructure projects. Also to serve the constituents in the legislative assembly and in the community. How much influence should

NTI have in territorial governance? Partnership is important. It’s important to work together for the common good as set out in our IQ principles. We need to work together and not in silos — ensuring that this is done for the best interest of us all is important. I hope to be elected to work towards the common good with other members of the legislative assembly and our other forms of government: institutional public governments, municipal and federal. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? I have spoken at events such as COP 15 in Copenhagen and at museums in New York and Washington, D.C. on the changes that our Elders are seeing. We know that our traditional knowledge is as valid as scientific. However, we need to work with researchers on projects that are important to Northerners. We need to research how our whole Northern ecosystem is being affected. I’m aware of some great initiatives, such as a thermal oxidization system to incinerate garbage in Cambridge Bay. We need projects like this and creating community greenhouses to aid in food security, among others. We also need to ensure that our lands, water and animals stay safe from contaminants. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Economic development is the wheel to our community. We’re fortunate to have many people who have started business and this has helped our community thrive. Living in the North, we have challenges – many stem from the high cost of living. When businesses are affected, this trickles down to our community. We need to work closely with programs like Nutrition North for our people to see lower costs of food. I have always been

ᐹᒥᓚ ᕼᐊᑯᖓᒃ ᒍᕉᔅ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᕐᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Pamela Hakongak Gross is a candidate for MLA in the Cambridge Bay riding. Photo courtesy of Pamela Gross a proud supporter of local. We also need to elevate our artists and work more closely with businesses that need improvement, like the tourism industry. We need to ensure there are no barriers to accessing funding, and ensure that all businesses thrive. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I think vaccinations are important to keeping our people safe. As a great grand-daughter and relative to people who have passed from various epidemics such as the flu and tuberculosis, I’ve learned how loss of life can affect family. Growing up, we have received many vaccinations that have kept us safe from various diseases such as measles, mumps and rubella or polio. I think it’s important to honour and thank those that work hard to keep us safe by creating these vaccines to keep ourselves, loved ones and community safe. I say thank you to all those who are able to get the vaccine and keep us all safe as well.


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Rankin Inlet South: Tagak Curley Tagak Curley Community: Rankin Inlet Age: 77 Family status: Married Career: Retired from political (MLA,) activities since 2014. I was elected as vice-president for the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) in December 2017 until April 2021. I didn’t run again this year. I’d been not only a board member but formed the economic groups in Nunavut, including Nunasi Corporation in early ’70s. Formed Sakku Investment corporation in the ’80s during late Louie Pilakapsi’s terms as president of KIA. Was president of Nunavut Construction Corp (NCC) from 1997-2002. NCC built and financed and owned 11 GN offices and 140 incremental housing units for staff housing. All completed by April 1999 without cost overruns — with largest Inuit trades and labour work ever done in Nunavut. I returned to political work in Nunavut from 2004 to the end of the term in 2014. Volunteer or board experience: I have many years of voluntary activities primarily included wildlife organizations and search and rescue in this community and the region few years back. Why are you running for MLA? I am revived and running again because I feel Rankin Inlet has fallen behind as one of the major communities in a number of ways. It is the air transportation hub and has an

active private sector economic, being close to the mining activities. There are urgent issues that more community members can ask the government for help — those include suicide prevention discussions with each family home, if possible. Most family homes have children and youth. Here in Rankin the birthing center must be restored but requires independent review first to include protection for former midwife’s workers of the birthing center. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? NTI has a constitutionally-protected responsibility and obligations to manage and oversee the Nunavut Agreement. It has clear responsibility to ensure other binding members of the Nunavut Agreement – the federal and territorial governments – comply with many articles and provisions. The Nunavut Agreement obligates both to consult with NTI on major policy change plans. Other than that, NTI is like any groups that has no more influence or status when it comes to the GN or the legislative assembly, unless membership clearly request it to do so on matters of public policy. But it remains a major organization as Inuit were the main force for the creation of Nunavut. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Climate change is serious and complex issue but Nunavummiut must not be taxed to fight for reduction of greenhouse

ᑕᒑᖅ ᑰᓕ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᓂᒋᕐᒧᑦ.

Tagak Curley, MLA candidate for Rankin Inlet South. Photo courtesy of Tagak Curley emissions. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Economic issues similarly remain out of our GN influence other that GN-sponsored projects. Resource development is our hope for Inuit and non-Inuit for employment and economic development, but we can do better with consultation prior to permitting processes and work getting started. Those must be considered by all parties, including Inuit organizations and the mining proponents. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? Vaccination must remain voluntary. Only the public health workers should be encouraged and required to be vaccinated, in my view.

Gjoa Haven: Paul Puqiqnak Paul Puqiqnak Community: Gjoa Haven Age: 42 Family status: Wife Abby Puqiqnak, three beautiful children, step-daughter Lindsey Rose Anavilok (12), Jaxon Pala Puqiqnak (8) and daughter Allyanna (4) Career: I currently work at the Continuing Care Centre (CCC) as a recreation therapy worker for the past 11 years. We are very fortunate to have a CCC in Gjoa Haven. Volunteer or board experience: I have been fortunate to serve as Hamlet councillor and as deputy mayor for one year. I have listened to community members’ concerns when I was on council. I’ve sat on the Gjoa Haven District Education Authority (GHDEA) as well — I have served as chairperson, vice-chairperson and member. I’ve attended the Coalition of Nunavut DEAs’ annual general meeting to represent GHDEA. As chairperson for the Gjoa Haven DEA, we sent a letter past premier Eva Aariak to get both schools to get renovated and we have both schools renovated. Why are you running for MLA? I want to get programs going in the community, programs to include AA meetings. Encourage mental health workers to come up with an action plan to work with Gjoa Haven community members. I also want to fight violence against women, not only in Gjoa Haven but across Nunavut. I also would like to see Truth and Recon-

ciliation Commission come to community to help with filling out the application form to get the grant that residential school survivors need. Our youth are our future. For many years, we were promised a youth centre and we never got one. As MLA, I would lobby for a youth centre. I also would fight for a shop to include a new Nunavut Arctic College that can train youths in apprenticeships, to receive red-seal journeyman for electrician, plumbing, heavy equipment, carpentry. This would be very beneficial for youth of Gjoa Haven. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? As a beneficiary of NTI, I would like to see the big game items return to the Nunavut Harvester Support Program. Hunters were getting a boat, Ski-Doos, ATVs, that was very beneficial for beneficiaries. Also, for Inuit businesses, NTI has to inform beneficiaries about grants. A lot of beneficiaries would like to start business but can’t find the help that they need, such as where and how to fill out application forms. I would reach out to NTI for Inuit businesses and help beneficiaries fill out application forms for businesses. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Gjoa Haven is a major attraction worldwide. We have two historic ships: the HMS Terror and HMS Erebus. I would push for tourism and employment opportunities in Gjoa Haven. Also, work with the Department of Culture and Heritage

ᐹᓪ ᐳᕿᖅᓇᖅ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᒧᑦ.

Paul Puqiqnak, a candidate for MLA in the riding of Gjoa Haven. Photo courtesy of Paul Puqiqnak to expand the Nattilik Heritage Centre. I would fight for more funding to promote and create employment opportunities for residents of Gjoa Haven. As a business owner, I also would like to inform community members we have grants from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association out of Cambridge Bay and Economic Development and Transportation out of Kugluktuk. There is funding available for beneficiaries who want to start businesses. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? We live in a global pandemic of Covid-19. As MLA, I would like to encourage everyone to get vaccinated to fight Covid-19. I would also fight for cleaning supplies for community members to sanitize homes and buildings. It is very beneficial to get vaccinated.

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Iqaluit-Manirajak: Joanasie Akumalik Joanasie Akumalik Community: Iqaluit Age: 60 Family Status: Married, three children, five grandchildren Career: Nanilavut Project Manager (Finding buried Inuit tubercolusis victims in the south) at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Volunteer or board experience? Various local Education Boards, Baffin Regional Education Board, Nuavut Tribunal, Nunavut Implementation Training Committee, Hamlet Council, Housing Association Board, Caregivers committee, Anglican Church, Tikisigiarvik, City of Iqaluit Council (10 yr plus), BCC Advisory Committee, Embrace Life Council. I might have missed some. Why are you running for MLA? I would like to represent the people from Iqaluit, and residents of Nunavut. Speak for the people. I am a good communicator and listener. I understand both the Inuit traditional and European system. I would like to work with the multi-cultural population/community to suit their needs. There are some issues in Iqaluit that need to be improved, such as the cemetery and boat launching causeway. As many issues there are, the Liquor Act and the other Acts needs to some improvements to

conform to Iqaluit and Nunavut needs. Here are some issues I would like to keep an eye on (Iqaluit): Community Safety; Mental Health; Infrastructure; Cemetery; Causeway; Daycare; Water; Business Community; Affordable Housing Priorities: (Nunavut) Community Safety; Infrastructure; Mental Health; Review non-passed territorial Acts; Representation of all regions; Balanced budget; Covidfree territory How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? NTI must be allowed to participate at every and in any form that the Territorial government deals with. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? As much the territory is having to deal with other urgent issues, adaptation to climate change must not be overlooked. There should be a plan created with the help and with global, national, territorial and local organizations to create a strategic plan to deal with combating climate change. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Iqaluit is becoming a multi-cultural community and there are a lot of economic opportunities rising. More funding should be available for small

Gjoa Haven: Tony Akoak Tony Akoak Community: Gjoa Haven Age: 63 Family status: Married Career: Just completed second term as MLA Volunteer or board experience: Sometimes volunteer for search and rescue; office manager for legal services board before 2013. Why are you running for MLA? Running for Gjoa Haven MLA because I believe I still have more work to be done for well-being for all Nunavutmiut. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? I believe that Government of Nunavut and NTI should be working alongside each other to protect the well-being of all Nunavutmiut. There will be disagreements but we are known as

Inuit to work out the differences. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? It is very important to look after our environment for the future of our children and their children. We have to find ways to make people understand climate change is happening and we need to protect our land. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Economic development in Gjoa Haven is so important for the community. With the community growing fast, we need to find employment. With the community committees as well as the hamlet council, we will need to find solutions to employ our growing population. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? It is important to have vaccinations for all of Nunavutmiut to help protect against Covid-19.

ᔪᐊᓇᓯ ᐊᑯᒪᓕᒃ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᒪᓂᕋᔭᖕᒧᑦ.

Joanasie Akumalik, candidate for the riding of Iqaluit-Manirajak. Photo courtesy of Joanasie Akumalik businesses. I will ask the City of Iqaluit Council and its committee, what they would like to see done in four years. I would meet with the local businesses to ask what they want help with and what kinds of concerns the businesses community has, with territorial policies, regulations and or Acts. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I strongly support the mandatory vaccinations. I had a daughter that caught Covid and a granddaughter tested postive for Covid when Covid came to Nunavut.

ᑑᓂ ᐊᑯᐊᒃ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᒧᑦ.

Tony Akoak, MLA candidate for the riding of Gjoa Haven. Photo courtesy of Tony Akoak I cannot say we need to force people to take it, but it needs to be said over again how very important it is to be vaccinated.


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ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᒍᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᓈᒻᒪᙱᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑎ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦ ᖁᓕᑦ ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ Northern News Services

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖃᑐᐃᓐᓇᙱᓚᖅ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᐅᑎᒥᒃ, ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒥᖓᑦᑕᐃᓐᓇᖅ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕈᑎᒥᒃ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᓄᑦ 15–ᓄᑦ ᑎᑭᐅᑎᑕᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᕐᔪᐊᙳᖅᑐᒥ. “ᓯᕗᓂᑦᑎᐊᓐᓃᑉᐳᖅ, ᖃᑦᑕᖃᖅᐳᑎᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ. ᐊᑭᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᖕᓂᑦ. ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓱᒃᐳᖓ ᓯᕗᓂᒃᓴᒥ, ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᓂᐅᕕᕆᐊᖃᓛᕐᓂᑦᑎᓐᓂ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᑲᑎᒪᔨ ᔪᐊᓇᓯ ᐊᑯᒪᓕᒃ ᔪᓚᐃ 2018–ᒥ, ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᓱᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᖅᓯᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᓵᙵᓚᐅᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ.ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ, ᑕᓯᖅ ᔨᐊᕈᑏᓐ, ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᐅᑉ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᓪᓗᐊᑕᖓ, ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᔪᓐᓇᓚᐅᙱᓚᖅ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᓂ ᐃᓄᒋᐊᖑᔪᓂ. “ᑲᑉᐱᐊᓱᒃᐳᖓ ᑲᒪᒋᙱᒃᑯᑎᒍᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᖅᑐᒥ, ᐅᐃᒪᓇᖅᓯᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓄᑦ,” ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ. ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪ ᐃᓚᖓᓐᓂ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᒋᐊᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᒻᒥᖅᓯᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᓯᓕᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖕᒧᑦ ᒪᓕᒃᑐᒥ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᔪᒥ, ᐱᓯᒻᒥᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᑐᕈᓐᓃᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᒧᑦ. ᔫᓂ 2017–ᒥ, ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ-York ᓯᓚᑦᑐᖅᓴᕐᕕᒡᔪᐊᖓᓂ ᐃᓕᓴᐃᔨᐅᑉ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᖓ ᐋᓐᑐᕉ ᒥᑎᐅᕈᔅ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒥ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖓ ᐸᓂᕋᔭᕐᓂᖓᓂ 2024–ᒥ, ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᑦᑐᓐᓇᕋᔭᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᐅᑉ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖓᓂ ᐸᓂᕐᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᐊᑕᐅᓯᑐᐊᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑦᑎᐊᕙᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ, ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᖕᒥ ᔫᓂ 2015–ᒥ, ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᓂᒡᓚᓱᒃᑐᒥ ᐅᐱᕐᙶᒥ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᑉ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖓᓂ. 2019–ᒥ, ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ ᐊᑐᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐸᓂᓛᖑᔪᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᔪᒥ ᐃᓂᖅᑎᕈᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᔪᒥ. ᑕᓯᖅ ᔨᐅᕈᑏᓐ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓇᖏᕈᑎᖓ, ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒥ ᑰᖓ, ᐃᒃᑲᓛᖓᓃᓚᐅᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓᓂ ᑭᒡᓕᐅᔪᓂ – ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᐅᑉ ᐃᒪᖓᓄᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᖓᓂ ᐱᐅᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᒻᒪᕆᐅᓕᖅᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᕐᕌᒎᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᓯᕗᓂᐊᓂ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᕆᓚᐅᖅᑕᖓᓂ. “ᐊᖏᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᑐᕐᓂᖓᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᕙᑎᒧᑦ ᐊᒃᑐᐃᓂᖃᓪᓚᕆᒃᐳᖅ ᐅᕙᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ,” ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ Stantec ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒥᒃ ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓯᒪᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᔨᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑎ ᒫᑎᐅ ᕘᓕᑦ ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂ. ᕿᑎᖅᐸᓯᐊᓂ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᓂᖓᓂ, ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑕᐅᕗᖅ ᒥᓪᓗᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᓂᐅᖁᙴᒥ ᑰᖓᓐᓂ 2026–ᒧᑦ ᑎᑭᓪᓗᒍ. ᐊᑯᓂᐅᔪᒃᑯᑦ. ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᕿᓂᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᒃᓴᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂ – ᐊᑎᖃᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᑕᓯᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ (Sylvia Grinnell River).

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2019-ᒥ, ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᓱᕋᒃᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᓐᓂᖅᓴᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᐅᔪᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓇᖏᖅᓰᓐᓇᖅᐳᑦ ᓯᒥᒃᑕᐅᑎᓂᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒥᑭᑦᑑᑎᓂᒃ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓱᐃᕙᒃᐳᑦ ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᐸᒃᑕᖏᑦ ᐊᐅᓚᔪᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒃᓱᕉᓴᒃᑐᓂ ᓄᑕᐅᙱᓗᐊᓕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓴᖑᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᒥ ᖁᐊᖑᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᓄᓇᒥ. ᒫᓐᓇ, ᑕᐃᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓴᕋᐃᑦᑐᒥ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᐅᔪᖅ ᓱᕈᖅᑎᕆᓯᒪᓕᖅᐳᖅ, ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥ ᓇᑭᙶᕐᓂᖓᓂ, ᐃᓕᓯᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᒃᑲᓐᓂᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑎᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓱᓕ ᐊᑐᖅᑐᓂ ᓄᓇᕐᔪᐊᒥ ᐊᒥᓱᓄᑦ ᖃᓂᒻᒪᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ. ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᖃᓂᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᔫᔮᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᒐᔪᖕᓂᖓᓂ ᐃᓚᐅᙱᓐᓂᐅᔪᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ. ᑭᙵᐃᑦ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑎᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᑕᐃᒪᙵᓂ 2017–ᐸᓗᖕᒥ. ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅ 10,000 ᓖᑕᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᒥ ᑯᕕᓂᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖓᓄᑦ ᒫᔾᔨᒥ — ᓴᐳᔾᔨᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᓗᐱᐊᖑᔪᒥ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᑕᐅᔪᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑭᓂᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᔾᔪᐃᑦ ᐃᓕᖅᑯᓯᖓᓐᓄᑦ ᐅᑎᖅᑎᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᕗᑦ. ᑕᐃᓐᓇ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕆᐅᒋᔭᐅᕗᖅ ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᑕᐅᕗᖓ 2023–ᒧᑦ. ᑕᒪᕐᒥᒐᓚᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᖃᓛᖅᑎᑦᑎᔭᕆᐊᖃᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᓂᖃᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᒥ ᐅᐱᕐᙶᒥ ᐊᐅᕐᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᐅᔪᒥ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐅᖃᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ 2020–ᒥ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᓕᐊᖓᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓐᓂ “86.8 ᐳᓴᓐᑎᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐃᕝᕕᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ 84.4 ᐳᓴᓐᑎᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᖕᓂ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕆᔭᐅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐱᐅᙱᑦᑑᓂᖓᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᖓᓂ,” ᐃᓚᒋᐊᖅᓯᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐅᑯᐊ ᐱᓕᕆᔾᔪᓯᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᒐᓵᓗᖕᓂ ᓄᑕᐅᙱᓐᓂᖅᓴᐅᕗᑦ ᓂᕆᐅᒋᔭᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᓅᓯᕆᓂᐊᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂ. ᖄᖏᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓂ ᐊᕐᒡᕋᒍᓄᑦ ᑕᓪᓕᒪᓄᑦ, ᓄᓇᓕᖕᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᒐᕙᒪᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᑐᖅᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᖃᓂᒋᔭᖓᓂ $90 ᒥᓕᐊᓐᓂ ᓴᓇᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᓄᑖᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐃᕝᕕᖕᓂ ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑑᒥ, ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅ, ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ, ᓇᐅᔮᑦ, ᓴᓪᓖᑦ, ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃ, ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᕐᒥ. ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᓄᑖᒥᒃ ᓴᓗᒻᒪᖅᓴᐃᕝᕕᒃᑖᖅᑐᒃᓴᐅᑕᐅᕗᖅ 2024–ᒥ. ᐊᐃᑦᑖᕈᓱᖕᓇᕐᔪᐊᕋᓗᐊᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᔪᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒥ ᐃᒪᖓᓐᓂ ᑐᐊᕕᕐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᒥ, ᑕᑯᑎᑦᑎᕗᖅ ᓴᖑᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒧᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐊᔭᐅᕆᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᓱᐃᓂᐅᔪᒥ $64 ᒥᓕᐊᓐᒥ ᓄᑖᒧᑦ ᓴᓇᐅᒐᕐᒥ ᐃᒥᖅᑕᕐᕕᒃᓴᒥ, ᐊᖏᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᓄᑦ ᑎᓯᐱᕆᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᓂᓂ. ᐅᖓᑖᓄᑦ, ᐃᖏᕐᕋᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐱᔭᐅᔭᕆᐊᖃᓪᓚᕆᒃᐳᖅ ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᖃᔅᓯᒐᓚᖕᓂ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂ ᐊᑐᓕᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᖃᖓᑕᓲᒃᑯᑦ ᑎᑭᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᑭᐅᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖃᖅᑕᒥᓂᑦ.

Water woes unacceptable

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Iqaluit is not simply experiencing a water crisis, it is experiencing the same water crisis it has endured for more than 15 years coming to a climax. “In front of you, you have a bottle of water. It costs to buy water from the stores. I’m scared that in the future, we might have to buy water,” said Iqaluit Coun. Joanasie Akumalik in July 2018, referring to the water crisis the city faced at the time. At that point, Lake Geraldine, the city’s primary source of water, was unable to support the needs of the growing population. “I’m scared if we don’t look after this matter very urgently, it’s going to become a chaos for the community,” he added. That particular leg of the crisis was stemmed by refilling the reservoir the following month, which held back the brink of collapse for the winter at least. In June 2017, then-York University assistant professor Andrew Medeiros stated that the City of Iqaluit’s water supply could dry up by 2024, noting all it would take for the city’s water supply to dry up is one bad year, as happened in Iglulik in June 2015, when a long, cool spring threatened the community’s water supply.

In 2019, Iqaluit experienced the dry year that had been cautioned against. Lake Geraldine, and its backup source, the Apex River, sat at their lowest recorded levels – making the city’s water situation worse than the previous year’s emergency. “The size of the city plays a role, but there’s definitely an environmental effect here that is not typical,” said Stantec civil engineer Matthew Follett at the time. In the medium term, the city is permitted to pump from the Apex River until 2026. For the long term, the city is looking at two options as water sources – Unnamed Lake and the Sylvia Grinnell River. By 2019, the city had repaired all known breaks in the water distribution system, and continues to replace valves and make minor repairs to an infrastructure system under stress due to aging and shifting permafrost. Now, that already vulnerable system is contaminated, from a currently unknown source, putting even more strain on residents still coping with a global pandemic. Water crises seem to be closer to the norm than the exception in the territory. Kinngait has had problems with water delivery since at least 2017. Baker Lake had 10,000 litres of fuel spill close to its water supply in March — a protective berm was

repaired and groundwater and soil are being remediated. That work is expected to continue into 2023. Most communities have boil water advisories issued each year with spring melts. Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami stated in its 2020 report Access to Drinking Water in Inuit Nunangat that “86.8 per cent of water treatment facilities and 84.4 per cent of water pump stations are reported to be in poor condition,” adding that these systems are often decades older than expected lifespans. Over the past five years, the Department of Community and Government Services has spent close to $90 million building new water treatment plants in Kugluktuk, Cambridge Bay, Arviat, Naujaat, Coral Harbour, Iglulik, Pangnirtung and Resolute Bay. Whale Cove is slated to have a new treatment plant in 2024. As upsetting as this current drinking water crisis is, it presents a pivotal moment for the City of Iqaluit to push for federal and territorial assistance for the $64 million new reservoir, approved by council in December of last year. Beyond that, continued investment by the federal government is desperately needed so we don’t have several Nunavut communities relying on flown-in water to meet their most basic needs.


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Time to act on online harassment

Canada’s news publishers, who employ 3,000 journalists from coast to coast to coast, believe that free speech, journalistic freedom, and a strong, healthy, commercially viable, and fiercely independent media ecosystem are all vital to our democracy. Canadians rely on their newspapers and news media to be their trusted sources of information, helping them make informed choices and holding people and institutions, including governments and corporations, accountable. We hope that Parliamentarians will come together and take meaningful action to combat hate speech and other kinds of harmful content online, while ensuring that freedom of expression and free debate are recognized, preserved, and protected. We are among the country’s leading defenders of freedom of speech. At the same time, as employers, we strive to provide a safe, healthy, and inclusive work environment for our journalists. As businesses who supply news and analysis, we also strive to protect our customers: the public who read our news and engage with us and their fellow readers. We listen to our customers. We take our responsibilities to them and the broader public seriously. We try to build a better common future for all. And we are accountable for both our actions and inaction. As a business, the news publishing industry remains under threat from unregulated and unchecked social media and online communication service providers. At the same, our journalists and readers face online harm constantly. Ask any journalist, and they’ll tell you that criticism comes with the job. And rightly so. But hate, harassment, and online and physical harm shouldn’t. It comes from the right, the left, and everywhere in between, and its victims are all too often women and racialized journalists. We are united in supporting our journalists and newsrooms against those who seek to silence them and threaten their safety. Together, we will continue to advocate for industry-wide responses to end this behaviour. Across the globe, journalists face physical, judicial, and online harm. In addition to harassment from individuals, journalists face so-

phisticated defamation campaigns to discredit them. These threats, and their potential impact on journalistic freedom of expression, have detrimental implications for society at large. The findings of a survey conducted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Center for Journalists about online violence against women journalists are alarming: 73 per cent of women respondents said they had experienced online violence; 20 per cent said they had been attacked or abused offline in incidents seeded online; and 41 per cent said they had been the targets of online attacks that appeared to be linked to orchestrated disinformation campaigns. The impact of this violence on mental health is sobering: 38 per cent missed work; 11 per cent quit their jobs; and two per cent abandoned journalism altogether. It also impacts journalistic practices and audience engagement: 30 per cent self-censor on social media; 20 per cent only ‘broadcast’ and avoid all interaction; and 10 per cent avoid pursuing particular stories. Like news publishers, online platforms curate content. They reap all the benefits of being a publisher, albeit on much more commercially favourable terms. At present, however, they do not have the same responsibilities and are not held accountable in the many ways that news publishers are in Canada. Indeed, they have allowed fake news and disinformation to proliferate around the globe, and they have profited from it handsomely. Big Tech has a societal obligation to moderate these activities, just as any news publisher does. In the United States, section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act exempts them from liability over hosting user-generated content and from liability when they choose to remove that content. However, global companies operating in Canada are subject to Canadian law and should conduct themselves accordingly. As advertisers know, these firms have enormous and extremely sophisticated technical prowess. Why then have they failed in their duty as content moderators and allowed harmful content targeted at journalists to be ampli-

fied on their platforms? As a matter of principle, our journalists should be afforded the same protections in the online world as they are in the offline world. Accordingly, we recommend that the Government of Canada explicitly recognize online threats to journalists directly in legislation. At the same time, online platforms should act responsibly. First, they should act upon reports of harassment from news publishers and journalists within 24 hours. Second, they should invest in technology to detect online hate against journalists. Third, they should detail online harm against journalists in their transparency reports. Fourth, they should be held accountable through Canada’s libel, defamation, and

ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ/Iqaluit street talk with Trevor Wright ᔫᓕ ᐊᓕᕙᖅᑕᖅ “ᖄᖏᖅᓯᒪᓕᖅᑐᓂ ᖃᔅᓯᐊᕐᔪᖕᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᓂ ᐅᕙᓐᓂ ᐊᒃᓱᐊᓗᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᕗᖅ ᐊᓪᓚᓄᑦ ᓴᓂᕐᕙᒃᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᖃᙱᑦᑐᓂ ᓴᓗᒪᔪᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᕙᑦᑎᓐᓄᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᓕᒫᖅ ᓇᑉᐸᖓᓂᐅᓯᒪᕗᖅ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᖃᐅᑕᒫᖑᕗᖅ ᐃᓚᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᓄᒫᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ. ᐃᖅᑲᐅᒪᓯᒪᕗᖓ ᖄᖏᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂ ᖃᔅᓯᐊᕐᔪᖕᓂ ᐅᓪᓗᓂ.”

Julie Alivaktuk “The last couple of days has really made me think about reserves that don’t have access to clean water and for us it’s been a week and a half, but this is everyday for some people in Canada, it’s so sad. I’ve just been reflecting on that for the past couple of days.” ᐆᕋᐃᑲ ᐃᓯᒪᐃᓕ “(ᐅᑕᖅᑭᓯᒪᕗᖓ) ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓰᒃ ᒪᕐᕈᑲᓴᖕᓂ, ᐅᓐᓂᕐᓗᒃᓯᒪᕗᒍᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᒧᑦ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ (ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕐᓂᖃᓚᐅᙱᓚᑦ), ᑯᕕᕕᖕᓂᙶᖅᓯᒪᔪᑦ, ᓲᕐᓗ ᐅᖅᓱᒥᒃ, ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᐃᒃᐱᖕᓂᐊᓐᓂᓕᒃ, ᑎᐱᐊᓗᐊ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐆᖦᖢᒍ, (ᐃᒥᖅᑕᑲᑕᒃᐳᖓ) ᑰᖕᒥ, ᐱᐅᓂᖅᓴᐅᕗᖅ.”

Ooraika Iseemailee “(I’ve been waiting) almost two weeks now, we were complaining to the City but they didn’t (take action), it was from the taps, like gas, it feels like oil, just the smell and the taste, (I’ve been getting water) from the river, it’s better.” ᑲᑕᕆ ᐳᕌᓐ “ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᔭᕆᐊᒃᓴᖅ ᓇᓗᕗᖓ, ᖃᔅᓯᐊᕐᔪᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂ ᑕᖅᑭᓂ ᒫᓃᓯᒪᒐᒪ ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᖁᔭᓕᓂᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖓ ᑭᓱᖃᕐᓂᓐᓂ ᐊᖏᕐᕋᓐᓂ. ᐅᒃᐱᕈᓱᙱᓚᖓ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐊᑯᓂᐅᑎᒋᓂᖓᓂ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᖅᑕᐅᓚᐅᕐᓇᓂ, ᓄᓵᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒥᓱᓂ ᓂᐅᕕᕐᕕᐅᔪᑦ ᖁᕝᕙᕆᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐃᒪᐅᑉ ᐊᑭᖓᓂ.”

“The impact of this violence (against female and racialized journalists) on mental health is sobering: 38 per cent missed work; 11 per cent quit their jobs; and two per cent abandoned journalism altogether,” Jamie Irving, chair and Paul Deegan, president and CEO of News Media Canada write. “It also impacts journalistic practices and audience engagement: 30 per cent self-censor on social media; 20 per cent only ‘broadcast’ and avoid all interaction; and 10 per cent avoid pursuing particular stories.” Image courtesy of UNESCO

Catherine Braun “I’m not too sure what to think, I’ve only been here a few months but it’s really made me appreciative of what I’ve got back home. I can’t believe how long this has gone on without them looking at it, it’s really sad a lot of stores are jacking the price of water.”

hate laws, just as Canada’s news publishers are. Fifth, they should face economic penalties when they fail to comply with Canadian laws. Finally, they should make it hard for internet trolls to ‘profit’ from the monetization of content that harms journalists. As a society, we need to do everything we can to protect democratic expression, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t protect journalists. All publishers, including internet intermediaries, should be held accountable for harmful content. Canada’s publishers stand with our journalists, who won’t be silenced, and readers, who want to be informed. Jamie Irving is Chair and Paul Deegan is President and CEO of News Media Canada.

ᖃᓄᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᕕᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᖕᓂ ᐃᒪᖓᓂ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓂᐅᔪᒥ? What do you think of Iqaluit’s water situation? ᑎᐊᑦ ᑰᓪᑐᕐ “ᐃᓱᒪᕗᖓ ᓄᓇᓕᐸᐅᔭᖅ ᐊᖏᔪᓂ ᐃᓱᒫᓘᑎᖃᓪᓗᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᑐᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᕆᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᓇᐃᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᐅᖅᓱᐊᓗᖕᒥ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ. ᐊᐃᑦᑖᖑᒐᓗᐊᖅ ᑭᖑᕙᕆᐊᕈᑎᖃᖅᑑᔮᕐᒪᑕ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᔪᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᓕᕆᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᓈᒻᒪᙱᓚᖅ ᒫᓐᓇᐅᓕᖅᑐᒥ.”

Ted Coulter “I think the City should have some great concerns due to the fact that people have been reporting the smelling of petroleum products in the water. Unfortunately there seems to have been a delay on the part of local officials and I don’t think that’s acceptable in this day and age. ” ᓵᓐᑎ ᓵᓐ “ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓚᐅᙱᓚᖓ ᑕᐃᒪᓐᓇᑎᒋᐊᓗᒃ ᐱᐅᙱᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖓᓂ, ᑕᐃᔅᓱᒪᓂᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅ ᐃᒪᕐᒥ– ᖃᓛᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᓂᐅᕙᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐅᓪᓗᒧᑦ ᒪᕐᕉᖕᓄᓄᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᒪᕐᒧᑦ, ᑕᒪᓐᓇ ᐊᒃᓱᕈᕐᓇᖅᑐᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ.”

Sandi Chan “I didn’t know it was going to be this bad, in the past it was boilwater advisories and that was only for a day or two. I can’t imagine waiting two hours for water, that’s really rough on people.”

ᒥᓯᐅᓪ ᑯᕌᓐᒥᓐ “ᖁᒃᓴᓪᓚᓚᐅᖅᐳᖓ ᑐᓴᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ. ᖃᐅᔨᒪᙱᑦᑐᖓ ᑭᓱ ᐊᑲᐅᙱᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᓂᖓᓂ, ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐃᓱᒫᓗᖕᓇᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᐃᒪᑐᖅ ᐋᖅᑭᒃᓯᓂᐊᖅᐳᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᖓᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᕿᓚᒻᒥᐅᔪᒥ ᐊᒻᒪ ᓇᓂᓯᓗᑎᒃ ᓱᕈᖅᑎᕆᓂᐅᔪᒥ ᓇᑭᙶᕐᓂᖓᓂ.”

Michelle Cronman “I was shocked to hear about it, I don’t know what the trouble is, but it is concerning and I hope they remedy the situation soon and find out what the source of the contamination is.”


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MLA Candidates Respond

Kugluktuk: Angele Kuliktana Angele Kuliktana Kugluktuk Age: 56 Family status: Single mom, two boys and a granddaughter Career: Inuinnaqtun interpreter/translator Volunteer or board experience: I have been active in local boards. Hamlet of Kugluktuk councillor; chairperson of the district education authority; chairperson of the housing board; Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement Board; Co-op board; and volunteered on the Christmas committee. Why are you running for MLA? I feel in the past, through acclimation, there really has been no voice and no commitment from past MLAs interacting with local boards. I believe I have the education, knowledge and wisdom to become Kugluktuk’s MLA. I am very passionate about our

people, our culture and our community. I can speak, read and write in English and Inuinnaqtun fluently, which makes it easy to communicate to both young and old; and strongly believe I have the voice for our community. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? I believe that NTI should have lots of influence on the territorial government, as they are responsible for enrolling individuals in the Nunavut Agreement and they are the department of Inuit programs and services and other committees. Through the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, their mandate is to implement Inuit economic, social and cultural well-being, which I think, all ties within governance in Nunavut. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? I strongly believe in cycles of life. I really think Nunavut needs

to adapt to the new conditions of climate change. We need to plan, make decisions in the here and now for impacts of climate change. How do you envision economic development in your riding? I’d like to see more infrastructure in our community as it seems like it’s just business as usual from the needed services for so many years. We are the farthest community from Nunavut’s capital. I will be a voice, as we are part of Nunavut. The government cannot forget our community needs. I will advocate for a new high school and/or middle school. Foods are costly all across Nunavut. I will advocate for Elders long-term facilities to be built in each community to keep our elderly at home with family, friends and culture. This will create local infrastructure. I will advocate for so much more. Are you for or against man-

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ᐋᓐᔨᓚ ᑯᓕᒃᑖᓇ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑑᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Angele Kuliktana, an MLA candidate for the Kugluktuk riding. Photo courtesy of Angele Kuliktana datory vaccinations? I believe getting vaccinations is extremely important to lower the spread of Covid-19, and I also believe in individual’s rights if they do not want to.

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu: Noah Papatsie Noah Papatsie Community: Apex/Iqaluit Age: 52 Family Status: Six children and one granddaughter Career: Broadcast work with the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) prior to an accident in the field in 1999; started advocacy work for the disabled after the accident; former Iqaluit city councillor and contract work with Inuit Communications System (subsidiary to IBC). Volunteer or board experience: Nunavut Disabilities Makinasuaqtiit Society (NDMS) president; Volunteer advocate for CNDEA Coalition Nunavut District; Member of Inclusion Canada since 2009; Maliganik Tukisiniarvik Legal Aid board member addressing the rights of the disabled in family cases. Why are you running for MLA? I am running for MLA because I want more inclusion,

transparency and sustainability to address the running of the territory in a better manner. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? We all need to work together in better manner (to be) capable of sustainability … as it’s our priority, according to our agreement. We need to teach more on Inuit traditional knowledge and keep sustainability alive as it affects us and our food we eat — NTI/QIA/GN/federal. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Combating climate change, we can show the world we can do this if we voice our concerns more, climate change has an accelerated rate for warmer climate, but for us living off the land, we need to sustain our IQ (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit) principles and our knowledge, it is why we became a territory in the first place. Climate change is for real — it will take everyone

to succeed in changing for the better future energy using solar, water, sun and more. How do you envision economic development in your riding? The economy for Apex needs to grow larger as that is where Iqaluit started, on Apex Hill, where we had our first store/ school/dance hall/fire hall. It needs its own water supply, stores, hospital and education centre for future years to come and work with the locals on changes and future endeavours. We also can build a new road infrastructure that will be less costly in long run near the beachfront, not above the hill. It also can create jobs if we build a factory in the future for either fish, caribou and other things we eat daily. And with our visitors, we need to be welcoming. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? Everyone is entitled to their own decisions, but safety is a

ᓄᐊ ᐸᐸᑦᓯ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? As the former president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, I know how much can be done by Inuit organizations if you’re willing to work hard and break down silos in government. As such, I’m a firm believer in partnerships and working with all levels of governance to tackle issues such as housing. We can do so much more if we leverage all our resources across all levels of government. Inuit made a very clear decision when creating Nunavut. Both modern treaty and a public government were achieved. Making these governance systems work together is what makes Nunavut unique. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Climate change is an issue that impacts people everywhere, including Nunavut. We know that changing ice conditions and stronger storms are creating hazards for harvesters in our communities, as one example. I think we have an opportunity to be leaders and innovators when it comes to climate change in

Nunavut. I think we can explore initiatives that address climate change while also providing opportunities for our people. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Economic development needs to be tied to bolstering sustainable industries such as fisheries. We must diversify our economy. With the new port in Iqaluit, and the deep-water port in Qikiqtarjuaq, we have real opportunities with the blue economy. I am also a strong supporter of hiring locally and supporting local firms to increase their capacity. Housing development and ownership are examples of how I plan to support economic development in my riding – home ownership is a crucial step in supporting the contributions families make to economic development. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I think vaccination is necessary for public safety. This is not a new issue — as kids we all had vaccine passports. I think Nunavut has been doing well in terms of managing the Covid-19

Kugluktuk: Bobby Anavilok Bobby Anavilok Community: Kugluktuk Age: 60 Family status: Single parent with three teenagers Career: Self-employed carver, hunter Volunteer or board experience: I have been associated with groups and organizations from the mid-’90s to date: HTO of Kugluktuk; Co-op board; Community Joint Planning and Management Committee with Nunavut Parks; Grays Bay Port initiative as consultant; artist and hunter representative for the community. Why are you running for MLA? To help with community concerns and health issues. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? 100 per cent. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Very urgent. As we speak, changes are occurring by yearly paces. How do you envision economic development in your riding?

ᐹᐱ ᐊᓇᕕᓗᒃ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᖁᕐᓗᖅᑑᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Bobby Anavilok, a candidate for MLA in the Kugluktuk riding. Photo courtesy of Bobby Anavilok To help local Inuit (self-employment) and local businesses to start and provide income and employment for local Inuit. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I am in support of mandatory vaccinations in order to eliminate the virus or illness as soon as possible.

Iqaluit-Sinaa: Christa Kunuk

Noah Papatsie, a candidate for the Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu riding. Photo courtesy of Noah Papatsie priority, especially in the North, where we are in a remote place and we need to work together to have a healthy life. Let us work together for better tomorrow.

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu: P.J. Akeeagok P.J. Akeeagok Community: Iqaluit (originally from Grise Fiord) Age: 36 Family status: Married with three children Career: Former president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association Volunteer or board experience? I have been on many boards including: Nunavut Tunngavik, Nunasi, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Makigiaqta. Why are you running for MLA? I am running for MLA because I want to serve my community. I believe that I can apply my experience in Inuit governance and advocacy to serve my constituents in Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu. We need fresh perspective and new energy at the Government of Nunavut to achieve real change, such as tackling the astronomical cost of daycare and difficulty of accessing housing for families in Nunavut. I believe my experience and knowledge of Inuit organizations and governance will support the GN to improve collaboration and partnerships for Nunavummiut.

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P.J. ᐊᕿᐊᕈᖅ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓂᐊᖁᙴᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

P.J. Akeeagok, a candidate for the Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu riding. Photo courtesy of P.J. Akeeagok pandemic; mass vaccination is going well. We’re on track to returning to normal life, as long as we keep on being vigilant. Mandatory vaccination could be a necessary step to community safety. I am eager for the day when all Nunavut youth have the opportunity to receive vaccinations.

Christa Kunuk Community: Iqaluit Age: 48 Family Status: Wife, Anaana, Ningiu Career: Senior policy analyst, Department of Family Services Volunteer or board experience: Past member of the National Inuit Youth Council, including sitting on the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami board of directors; Chair of Iqaluit District Education Authority; Daycare boards; Community of Practice – led by Qulliit Status of Women and Action Plan for Family Violence; Family representative for pediatric integrated chronic care with the focus on trauma Why are you running for MLA? It seemed a natural course for me to run for MLA as my career path has always been towards the betterment of Inuit in the territory. With my previous job as child and youth advocate, I continually saw the lack of services and supports that were needed for the most vulnerable, and the government needs to get back to being accountable and being available to all. Being true to Pijitsirniq – being of service. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? Being that the territory was thought of and created by some innovative individuals who saw that we could take more control of our lives, then absolutely, NTI should have the utmost influence in the governance of this territory. They are the ones who ensure the implementation of the land claim goes forward, and the articles are honoured. If we choose not to work closer with them, that could cause a lot of delays and us not being true to what our forefathers had envisioned. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? It’s a human concern for Inuit.

ᑯᕆᔅᑕ ᑯᓄᒃ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓯᓈᓄᑦ.

Christa Kunuk, a candidate for the riding of Iqaluit-Sinaa. Photo courtesy of Christa Kunuk It’s our livelihood, it’s our culture, our traditions, rather than combating it, we need to mitigate it. Work with high urgency, because we are so dependent on the land and our way of life. We need to support our people to be able to adapt quickly as it is changing. How do you envision economic development in your riding? I think there’s a lot of strength in the Iqaluit-Sinaa riding to combat food insecurity, the majority of the constituents are actively accessing the land and water. There’s an opportunity to discuss food insecurity, provided through funding that would allow our riding to support hunters in their way of life. We can work closely with the HTO to provide financial support to hunters, so they can share their catch with the HTO, and community. There are currently small businesses within Sinaa, which is amazing because they are self-sufficient. We need to support local business so they stay afloat and provide for their families and community. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I’m for mandatory vaccinations.


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NTI taking GN to court over incomplete Inuit language education

Land claims organization gives territorial government five years to adopt Inuktut from kindergarten to Grade 12 By Derek Neary Northern News Services Nunavut

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated is taking the Government of Nunavut to court over a failure to make full Inuit language education — from kindergarten to Grade 12 — a reality in the territory. The land claims organization is giving the territorial government five years to meet the goal and six months to come up with a plan, in consultation with NTI. “The Government of Nunavut failed to implement Inuit language education for all grades by 2019-20, as legislatively required, including failing to appropriately implement strategies and plans for achieving Inuit language education,” NTI states in its legal claim, filed on Oct. 13. “Thirteen years after the legislative guarantee of Inuit language education in Nunavut was established, Inuit language education in Nunavut has been reduced, not increased. During this period, rates of Inuit language use by the Inuit of Nunavut have declined.” The GN has delayed the target date to deliver a full Inuktitut education to 2039. This is “causing Inuit students’ loss of the Inuit language and Inuit culture, and undermining Inuit students’ ability to achieve their educational potential and perpetuating historical disadvantages. These harms will likely continue and worsen for generations of Inuit students, threatening the existence of the Inuit language in Nunavut,” according to NTI. The land claims organization is alleging the GN has breached the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which states that “every individual is

”ᐱᑎᑦᑎᓂᖃᙱᖔᖅᑐᒥ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᓂᕐᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓂ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᓂ ᑕᒪᒃᑭᓕᒫᒥ ᑭᒡᓕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑲᑎᖅᓱᖅᑕᐅᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔭᓂ ᑐᖅᑯᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᑕᐅᔪᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᕈᑎᒃᓴᐅᔪᓂ ᑐᙵᕕᓕᖕᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᐅᔾᔭᐅᖁᔭᐅᔪᓂ, ᒐᕙᒪᕗᑦ ᒥᒃᖠᒋᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓯᒪᕗᑦ ᐱᑕᖃᖅᐸᒌᖅᑐᒥ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᕐᒧᑦ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᐃᓄᖕᓄᑦ,” ᐅᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ ᑐᙵᕕᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ ᐊᓗᑭ ᑰᑦᑎᖅ.

”Rather than proactively empowering Inuit students at every level and investing the resources based on Inuit priorities, our government has diminished the existing language rights of Nunavut Inuit,” says Nunavut Tunngavik President Aluki Kotierk. NNSL file photo equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.” NTI is calling on the Nunavut Court of Justice to declare that “the minimization and postponement of Inuit language education across all grades in Nunavut causes unjustified discrimination and is therefore unconstitutional.” “In today’s schools, like residential schools of the past, Nunavut Inuit are

prevented from learning Inuktut in favour of English or French,” said NTI President Aluki Kotierk. “Linguicide by any other name is just as damaging. Rather than proactively empowering Inuit students at every level and investing the resources based on Inuit priorities, our government has diminished the existing language rights of Nunavut Inuit. Nunavut’s current education system does not meet the needs of Inuit students or equip them to succeed in post-secondary education or thrive in employment and economic opportunities.” Inuit comprise approximately 94 per

cent of the student body in Nunavut. However, 72 per cent of teachers and 77 per cent of principals in the territory are not Inuit nor Inuit language speakers, according to NTI’s claim. The relatively small number of Inuit primarily teach elementary grades, it adds. Also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Bernice Tujjaaqtuqaq Clarke, a 46-year-old Inuit language instruction student, mother, entrepreneur, and a beneficiary under the Nunavut land claim, and Lily Anne Maniapik, a 33-year-old Qikiqtani program manager with Ilitaqsiniq (the Nunavut Literacy Council), also a student, a mother and an Inuk enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement. Both women have been teaching the Inuit language to their children and they want them to be able to pursue the language at higher grade levels in school. The Auditor General of Canada found in 2013 that the GN was not meeting targets for implementing Inuit language education, “including failing to train sufficient Inuit Language-speaking teachers and language specialists,” NTI’s claim reads.”The audit found that the pace of the development of Inuit language curriculum and learning materials over a 10-year period was only at 50 per cent of what was expected. The Government of Nunavut committed to take steps to address its failure and to facilitate implementation of Inuit language education in accordance with the Education Act’s mandated schedule. It failed to do so.” Nunavut Tunngavik also cites a 2006 report by the late Justice Thomas Berger that informed the GN of the harms caused by a lack of Inuit language education.

Attendance, graduation affected: NTI NTI asserts that the territorial government’s failure to provide Inuit language education across all grades contributes to higher non-attendance and non-graduation rates among Inuit, Inuit students leaving school without proficiency in the Inuit language or English and poorer educational outcomes, as well as Inuit students facing “greater challenges” in school from barriers to a full Inuit language education. Furthermore, Nunavut Tunngavik asserts that this issue creates or worsens “the gaps in socio-economic indicators, representation in public employment, and income between Inuit and non-Inuit in Nunavut.” “Loss of the Inuit language and Inuit culture leads to a range of further harms to the plaintiffs, to many Inuit individuals and Inuit as a people, including to their senses of individual and collective identity, cultural vitality and belonging as Inuit of Nunavut,” NTI states in its claim. Nunavut Tunngavik points to successes in Nunavik (northern Quebec) and in Greenland, where the Inuit language is delivered more broadly to students. The GN could make progress by “recruiting, training and retaining Inuit language-speaking teachers, developing appropriate curricula, more broadly including Inuit in education governance in the territory and investing in infrastructure,” according to NTI. Nunavut’s population comprises 85 per cent Inuit, but only 64 per cent of them reported using Inuktut in the 2016 Canadian census, and that is “further declining at an alarming rate,” according to NTI. The GN has 30 days from being served the statement of claim to file a defence or make an appearance in court.


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Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami holds AGM

Iqaluit Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s national Inuit organization, met in Nunavut’s capital from Sept. 28 to 30, holding its first in-person meeting since March 2020. Other board members who couldn’t attend joined via video conference from their communities. The members passed various resolutions, including that Inuit Nunangat Land Claims Organizations will serve as Listed Communities under the Ontario, Child, Youth and Family Services Act, instead of ITK itself, which has held the role since July 2019. A new Inuit Ethics Review Committee will review the first round of Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey. The Nanilavut Initiative, meant to help find loved ones who were sent away during the 1940s to 60s during the tuberculosis epidemic and didn’t come back, has also been extended to 2026. – Trevor Wright

Northwestel holding 2022-23 art competition

Nunavut/NWT Northwestel is hosting its annual contest to see which northern artist will have their work featured on its 2022-23 phone book. Works to be considered must be two-dimensional, original, hand-rendered artwork (acrylic, oil, watercolour, silkscreen, etc) or digital visual artworks (digital painting, drawing, or computer-generated still images). The artwork cannot have already been published, reproduced in any format or exhibited, and the artist should not have future plans to sell, publish, reproduce or exhibit the artwork. A maximum of two pieces may be submitted by each artist. Artists whose work has been featured on a Northwestel directory within the last four years are not eligible to enter. For more information on how to enter, artists can visit nwtel.ca/artcontest. Entries must be received by Oct. 25. – Trevor Wright

Police open arson investigation

Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet Two cabins and a vehicle sustained significant damage in several fires in Rankin Inlet’s area Six Point on Friday.

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The Rankin Inlet Fire Department and the RCMP responded to the emergency. The police have since launched an arson investigation. Anyone with information about these fires is asked to call the Rankin Inlet RCMP at 867-6451111. The Mounties wish to encourage communities to continue to report suspicious activity by contacting their home RCMP detachment or by calling Crime Stoppers at toll-free 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submitting a secure web tip at www.nwtnutips. com or text ‘NWTNUTIPS’ plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). – Derek Neary

NTI seeks feedback for development of Indigenous health legislation

Nunavut Land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) is seeking input from Nunavummiut in the co-development of Indigenous health legislation with the Government of Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). Between October and November, NTI will conduct interviews, host community radio shows, meet with community wellness committees and request written submissions through social media to address Inuit-specific federal programs, midwifery and birthing services, mental health, community wellness organizations as well as training Inuit in health professions and accountability. “Inuit have a right to health care, including the right to be involved in developing, determining and administering the health programs that affect us. Yet, Inuit experience troubling gaps in access to health services and in health outcomes,” said NTI President Aluki Kotierk. “These engagements are designed to learn from Inuit experiences and aspirations as we prepare to work with the Government of Canada to co-develop Indigenous Health Legislation.” – Derek Neary

Inuit organizations speak out against feds recognizing NunatuKavut

Nunavut In a letter from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) president Natan Obed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Oct. 7, Obed writes that neither ITK nor the other Designated Inuit Organizations recognize the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) in

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami passed a number of resolutions during its annual general meeting in Iqaluit from Sept. 28 to 30. Pictured back row from left: Aluki Kotierk, president of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated; Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada; Johannes Lampe, president Nunatsiavut; Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; Pita Aatami, president of Makivik Corporation; Maggie Emudluk, vice-president economic development of Makivik Corporation; Kono Tattuinee, president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association. Front row, from left: Brian Pottle, president of the National Inuit Youth Council; Tyler Edmunds, first minister of Nunatsiavut; Lisa Koperqualuk, vice-president International Circumpolar Council Canada; George Berthe, Treasurer of Makivik Corporation. Photo courtesy of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami southern Labrador as an Inuit organization. The letter states the federal government’s recognition of such a group has negative implications for the Inuit-Crown Partnership, and that it is already harming Indigenous rights. “NCC is drawing down and diverting sorely needed federal funding away from Inuit,” wrote Obed. “Continued federal engagement with NCC sets an alarming and disturbing precedent that could enable similar groups with fraudulent claims to an Indigenous heritage to emerge in pursuit of the recognition of rights and territory that Inuit and other Indigenous peoples have struggled and sacrificed for decades to secure.” He adds that the Inuit-Crown Partnership with regards to self-determination must also “entail respect and support for our distinct rights and status,” something the recognition of NCC puts at risk. – Trevor Wright

Beginners sewing program to start in November

Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet Community Wellness Ranking Inlet is going

to start the Arnait Ajungitut Beginners Sewing Program starting on Nov. 1 to 5, for those 36 years of age and up who are interested in learning how to sew mitts, hats, or slippers out of seal skin, leather, sheepskin or beaver. Deadline to sign up will be on Oct. 27, to sign up contact Christina Best at the Hamlet Office (645-2895, ext 1006), or email wellness@rankininlet.ca – Trevor Wright

Hamlet hosting workshops for single moms

Arviat The Hamlet is hosting a Single Mothers Group consisting of a number of workshops for single mothers in the community. These include an Elders discussion, art therapy, cooking and a sewing project. There are 20 spots consisting of two groups of 10, and the program runs throughout Nov. Workshop sessions will take place at the visitors centre from 7 to 9 p.m. on different dates for each group. Those who are interested can contact either Patt Kigusiutnar or Stephanie Bell at the Hamlet Office: 857-2841 ext: 1003 or 1019.


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|| ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑭᐅᕗᑦ

Rankin Inlet North/ Uqqummiut: Mary Killiktee Chesterfield Inlet: Cathy Towtongie Cathy Q. Towtongie Community: Rankin Inlet North/Chesterfield Inlet Family status: Married Career/board experience: President of NTI; member of Inuit Circumpolar Council; 1970 sat as ITC (now ITK) as elected secretary treasurer Why are you running for MLA? There are issues that need more work. Mental health, especially more resources for trauma counselling for both adults/children. Housing and homeless need strategies! I can only promise to work hard. Be accountable and transparent, communicate. Be approachable. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? Nunavut has actually two process. One is Nunavut Government, which is a public government for all residents of Nunavut. NTI is the agreement with the federal government constitutionally. However, NTI represents Inuit only. The influence of NTI for public policy is clearly written out through the Nunavut Land Claims agreement. In areas of importance, there are always consultations. How much influence? On areas of public policy — housing — they should be putting financial resources to ensure that NTI influence is not just words. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Climate change is an ongoing process. Four years is too short. However, Nunavut Government has to have an influence nationally and internationally to make a dent. How do you envision econom-

ᑳᑎ ᑕᐅᑐᙱ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓄᑦ/ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᖕᒧᑦ.

Cathy Towtongie, a candidate for the riding of Rankin Inlet North/ Chesterfield Inlet. Photo courtesy of Cathy Towtongie ic development in your riding? Economic development has to diversify. Not just mining but perhaps hydro link to Manitoba, along with a road connecting to each community. We are already connecting in the winter by SkiDoos. Summer by boats. More importantly, we need sustainable sports hunting, fishing. If we rely only on mines, they have a lifespan. Boom and bust. So now is the time to search and seek other areas. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I am for mandatory vaccination. Nunavut does not have the health services resources if Covid gets into Nunavut communities. Due to overcrowding, it will hurt more if we start to lose our lives. Covid kills!

Rankin Inlet NorthChesterfield Inlet: Alex Sammurtok ᐋᓕᒃᔅ ᓴᒻᒧᖅᑐᖅ, Alex Sammurtok Community: Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet Age: 68 Family status: Married Career: Red-seal plumber with Rankin Inlet Housing Association Volunteer or board experience: Local Co-op Board and the Association for Community Living in Winnipeg. Why are you running for MLA? To support the needs of the residents of Rankin Inlet and Chesterfield Inlet. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? Personally, I feel that they should be in partnership with the GN so they can work together to help the people. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? I believe it is urgent. We need to start looking for solutions now as we notice the snow and ice melting earlier and earlier each year. How do you envision economic development in your riding? I believe the small businesses should be supported more by

ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅ ᐅᐊᖕᓇᖓᓄᑦ/ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᖕᒧᑦ.

Alex Sammurtok, MLA candidate for Rankin Inlet NorthChesterfield Inlet. Photo courtesy of Alex Sammurtok the GN and Inuit organizations as they are the backbone of the community and can hire a lot of people. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I am for mandatory vaccinations as it saves lives. I lost my brother due to Covid and do not want to see others go through the same thing.

Mary Killiktee Community: Qikiqtarjuaq Age: 59 Family status: Married with two grown children and one granddaughter, who just graduated this year Career: I have worked as hotel manager for nine years; community justice outreach worker for 12 years with GN; mayor in Qikiqtarjuaq for eight years Volunteer or board experience: Chairperson with Justice before turned over as outreach worker for Justice; representative for homeowners through local housing association; local health board member; Tulugak Cooperative as local elected board of directors (present); Nunavut Inuit Women Association (present); Nunavut TB Association; SmartICE board of director (present); I was involved in many other bodies such as wellness committee, recreation committee and economic development committee, and as a volunteer to a lot of different organizations. It’s been my main resource to be involved and to better the community with the rest of the people who I have

worked with. Why are you running for MLA? I want to serve people and I believe I have the experience and capacity to work hard for people of Clyde River and Qikiqtarjuaq. I am ready for a bigger task with all that is underway that are very important issues to be involved in, and most importantly voicing for Nunavummiut, just as I did when I was mayor of Qikiqtarjuaq. The most important function of being a member of the legislative assembly is to legislate, or make laws. As we know, the territorial legislature has the power to make laws, and I would be actively involved in this process, if elected. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? I know it is a very important matter that I would aim to review and see how the connectivity is with our government. I would want to learn and see how much should the government have on businesses and economy. From my leadership experience, connectivity can move the task by working and helping together to make things happen. How urgent is combating

climate change in Nunavut? The local sea level is rising and many other changes already have affected the land and sea, we need to prioritize in a relevant way, as we know in our best of knowledge to work together. As we know, Government of Canada supports Inuit land for saying that, we need to work together to address this urgent matter about the rapid changes in our land and sea. We need to share and move forward using people’s knowledge that everyone have and tackle this with meaningful actions to protect Nunavut land. How do you envision economic development? I have learned over the years that we need a strong voice with great vision and determination to get this started and moving to deliver development/infrastructure. Making better choices in infrastructure development it’s best to develop an advisory group that aims only on the vision, because voice for growth for our community development can be of assistance to our government agencies and other resources in delivering infrastructure. Most importantly support better project plan-

Iqaluit-Sinaa: Jeff Maurice Jeff Ungalaq Maurice Community: Iqaluit Age: 48 Family Status: Married with three children Career: Director of policy and planning at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Volunteer or board experience? Former chair of the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium; Former chair of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board Fisheries Allocation Committee; Board member for the National Indigenous Fisheries Institute Why are you running for MLA? I am running because I want to use my decades of experience in policy and governance to serve Nunavummiut. I want to see a Government of Nunavut that better represents its young population and I want to help Nunavut achieve real change. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? I believe that Nunavut’s

best chance for success is to work across all levels of government, including partnering with Inuit organizations. As we move closer to devolution, we will need stronger alliances and partnerships to tackle longstanding systemic issues such as poverty, housing, mental health, inter-generational trauma, education and infrastructure gaps, to name a few. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Climate change impacts the entire world. In Nunavut, our connection to our land and water is more intimate than in many other regions. As such, for Nunavummiut climate change impacts our health and well-being. Every time we get on the sea ice to harvest or travel, we are impacted by the unpredictability of weather conditions caused by climate change. Food sovereignty is affected by the changes in the migration of animals due to climate change. But there’s also opportunities connected with climate change — Nunavummiut

can tap into sustainable industries to gain access to better jobs and economic opportunities. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Economic development is connected to education, training and sustainable industries. I think Nunavut is ideally situated to leverage the economic opportunities associated with the growing blue economy. We need to better develop our inshore fisheries, and invest in training, development and infrastructure to support marine-related industries. The port in Iqaluit will open many doors for new jobs and we need to provide the necessary training to ensure Nunavummiut can access these opportunities. Access to post-secondary education in Nunavut will allow more young Nunavummiut to get the education needed to get stable jobs. I’m calling for establishing an Nunavut University and improving Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students. Are you for or against man-

ᒥᐊᕆ ᕿᓕᖅᑎ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐅᖅᑯᕐᒥᐅᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Mary Killiktee, MLA candidate for the Uqqummiut riding. Photo courtesy of Mary Killiktee ning to achieve to make it real. Community leaders are the key people to help our government. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? World today we live in has seriously been affected and I myself have receive vaccinations. I have no (issue) against it. But I want to see a program in each community using local health representatives to present by planning educational institution setup clinic for Nunavummiut. I believe this could help others and those that are in higher risk.

ᔨᐊᕝ ᒧᕇᔅ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓯᓈᓄᑦ.

Jeff Maurice, a candidate for the riding of Iqaluit-Sinaa. Photo courtesy of Jeff Maurice datory vaccinations? I am in favour of any reasonable measure championed by public health officials, designed to ensure community safety, in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nunavut has done a good job to date to protect our vulnerable population. We need to continue to be vigilant as we face new strains of the virus.


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will be going ice fishing and setting their fish nets for red-bellied char up at the lakes nearby Cambridge Bay. Boating season is over as the HALU INUIN HUMILIKIAK. IQAocean and lakes are freezing up. The blowing LUKTUUTIAMI INUIN NAAMMAINsnow makes for a beautiful walk on the land, NAQTUT. APINMIJUQ NUNAKPUT. now that there is no more mud, especially in HILA NIGLALIQTUQ. HIKULIKMAN town. QAJAQTUKNAIKMIJUQ. QILAMINIt is election time in Nunavut and we have NUAQ AUDLATINIAQMIJUT INUIN. 3 candidates running for the MLA seat in ILANI HIQINIQ TAKUHAULIQPAKTUK. Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Good luck to each NUTAQQAT NAAMMAINNAQTUTLU. candidate Jeannie Ehaloak, Pamela Gross and ILIHARIALIQMATA QUANA. MIQHUPeter Ohokak. The candidates have been busy JAKPAKTUT IIGAVAKTUTLU ANGNAT. campaigning UMIAT AUDand posters LAKMIJUT are up around INIRAMIK town in public AKJAQTUT places. There TAMAJANwill probably IKLU NIQwith Navalik Tologanak be more elecIHANIKLU email: helent@qiniq.com tions coming AKHALUTIup for local TLU. QUANA committees AKJAQATas time come TAQTUT closer to voting day in each community in IQALUKTUUTIAMUT. TAMNA AANNunavut. Good luck to all candidates. IARUT HIVURANAQTUK IVARUTITIT The bus arrived on the barge and everyone ATUQATTAKPAKLURIT. ILLA INUIN is very excited to ride on the bus! Soon will NAAMMAINNAQTUT HAMANI. be on the road, as they look for a bus driver Welcome to beautiful Victoria Island, land or two with their drivers’ licences. Will keep of the Inuinnait. you updated on our new bus service for CamWell, summer is over and looks like the snow is here to say. Lots of powder snow now bridge Bay. We hope you all had a nice long weekend on the land. Time to wait to go ice fishing during Thanksgiving. Giving thanks and havsoon, the ocean and lakes are freezing up ing family time together and an extra holiday since long weekend in October. Soon fishers

Cambridge Bay Tea Talk

Go Cambridge Bay Go! Here are the 3 candidates running for MLA for Cambridge Bay, Bay Chimo and Bathurst Inlet. From left is Pamela Hakongak Gross, Peter Ohokak, and Jeannie Hakongak Ehaloak. A debate was held Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Luke Novoligak Community Hall. Good luck to each candidate. Photo courtesy of Pamela Hakongak Gross always makes for good family time together. Good food and family together. Remember to keep wearing your masks when out and about and practice social distancing and number of gatherings minimal

while this pandemic is still around. Take good care of each other. God Be With You Son. A Mother and Son’s heart always together filled with love and memories.

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Tununiq: Karen Nutarak Karen Nutarak Community: Pond Inlet Age: 44 Family status: Married, four children and seven grandchildren Career: Adult educator Volunteer or board experience: I am the co-founder of the Pirurvik Preschool. We are the 2018 $1-million dollar Arctic Inspiration prize laureates. We have expanded the program to early years Inunguiniq (caring for the children in the Inuit way/process of making a capable and contributing human being); hunters and trappers organization; district education authority; Baffin Fisheries Coalition; Tununiq Saunuq Co-op. Why are you running for MLA? I can represent my community. I have advocated for my community in education, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangi in healthier human being and to promote Inuit culture. It is important to have stability in the community. I can connect the gaps and create a working group within the community organizations and the Hamlet. It is also very important to always include the knowledge

of our Elders. How much influence should NTI have in the territorial governance? NTI should be working with the Nunavut Government to ensure the Nunavut Government is implementing the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Both parties should be working towards housing, mental health, and food insecurity. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? It is important to combat climate change as it is affecting the animals’ migration. The hunters’ ability to hunt for family is being threatened. Invasive species are entering the Arctic waters and may threaten native species. The thawing permafrost and the severe weather patterns are perceptible. We need to find solutions to slow down and adapt to climate change. Inuit Qaujimajatuqangi has to be implemented with the science to tackle climate change. How do you envision economic development in your riding? I envision Pond Inlet investing in training and education to benefit the Inuit in creating local businesses. By empowering local people for economic

ᑭᐊᕆᓐ ᓄᑕᕋᖅ, ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᑐᓄᓂᕐᒧᑦ.

Karen Nutarak, MLA candidate for the riding of Tununiq. Photo courtesy of Karen Nutarak development, we can build a healthy community and lead to poverty reduction. Pond Inlet has a lot of potential for economic development. We need to form an independent society which can establish local workforce and training. Better education leads to a better economy. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I am not against mandatory vaccination. I believe the vaccine will protect us from getting too ill from the Covid-19 virus. I also respect those who wish not to get the vaccine.

Iqaluit-Tasiluk: Jonathan Park Jonathan Park Community: Iqaluit Age: 35 Family Status: Single Career: Lawyer Volunteer or board experience? Treasurer for Iqaluit Taekwondo Society (2021-2022); Financial agent for Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (2019); Committee work with the Law Society of Nunavut (2013-2020) Why are you running for MLA? I believe that government exists to help people. Unfortunately, many people have lost faith in the government and its ability to help. Many even question whether the government really exists to help them because of the quality of services that they receive. During my time as a criminal defence lawyer, I too often heard about the devastating effects on someone’s life when they slip through the bureaucratic cracks and get left behind by the system. As MLA for Iqaluit-Tasiluk, I will use my years of experience standing up for the rights of Nunavummiut in the courtroom to advocate for the needs of our community and for positive changes that restore people’s faith in the government’s mandate to serve the people. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) has an essential role to play in territorial governance. I believe that the Government of Nunavut should constantly be doing its best to work together with NTI and all the regional Inuit organizations in order to ensure that all government decisions are in line with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement that created the territory and the governmental system that we use. I advocate for an approach that respects inuuqatigiitsiarniq (respecting others, relationships, and caring for people), aajiqatigiinniq (decision-making through discussion and consensus), and

piliriqatigiinniq or ikajuqtigiinniq (working together for a common cause). How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Very. Although the world has been consumed with the Covid19 pandemic, the climate crisis is still a serious threat to Nunavut’s communities. This is particularly so because of how many Nunavut communities are coastal. We must take immediate action to ensure that a climate emergency does not create a crisis of homelessness and devastation beyond what we already face. If we look to the future and plan our governmental decisions appropriately, we can face any crisis, but we can only do it if we are ready. I believe that we must take action now to ensure that Nunavut is ready. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Economic development in Iqaluit must focus on empowering local businesses and resources. If elected, I would advocate for more financial literacy in public school curriculums to ensure that young people are graduating school equipped with the skills to become an entrepreneur. I would also advocate for more economic development programs that help young people learn how to start and run a business. In this way, we can encourage our young people to take control of their own destinies and build their dreams. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I believe in duty to our community. So long as there are vulnerable populations for whom Covid-19 is a serious and deadly illness that could take their lives at any time, I believe that we must all do our part to protect Elders and infants. I think that a vaccine mandate would be one of the best ways for us to protect our Elders and our infants. In the meantime, I ask everyone to please stay home if you are sick, wear a mask in high-risk areas to reduce the spread of infections, and wash your hands regularly.

ᔮᓇᑕᓐ ᐹᒃ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᖕᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Jonathan Park, a candidate in the Iqaluit-Tasiluk riding. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Park

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|| ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒃᓴᓄᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐃᑦ ᑭᐅᕗᑦ

Netsilik: Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq Community: Taloyoak Age: 41 Family status: Married, five children Career: Community service provider Qiniq SSi Micro in Taloyoak Volunteer or board experience: Reappointed to sit on Inuit Broadcasting Corporation Board; vice-chairperson for the IBC board until March 31, 2024; a Kitikmeot Inuit Association representative. Why are you running for MLA? To help our Nunavut government and beneficiaries of Nunavut and Netsilik riding. Help to build housing in need and address mental health to have more resources. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance?

I think NTI should always have full influence as the lands claims agreement is agreed upon to the creation of Nunavut. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Very urgent as change is constant and ongoing. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Create more education and employment training opportunities; build housing; bring back art/carving/sewing into the marketplace; Elders care home; youth/Elder resource learning centre for culture and heritage programs; create opportunities to succeed in business and help create more business. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? No, I’m not against mandatory vaccinations.

ᔫᓯᐱ ᐃᓇᒐᔪᒃ ᖁᖅᑭᐊᖅ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓇᑦᓯᓕᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq, a candidate for the Netsilik riding. Photo courtesy of Joseph Inagayuk Quqqiaq

Tununiq: Joshua Arreak Joshua Arreak Community: Pond Inlet Age: 66 Family status: Married Career: Currently the mayor of Pond Inlet Volunteer or board experience: I have been with Hamlet council for 20 years, minus couple of years. I have also volunteered in the church and vestries for about 25 years. Why are you running for MLA? I have been with the Hamlet council and in different organizations and I feel I can serve the community with my experiences, and would love to serve the community. Over the years, I have learned what the community needs and I believe I can serve the community to the best of my ability and knowledge. How much influence should

NTI have in territorial governance? NTI is an Inuit representative and I believe they can have influence on IQ (Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit) and to make sure that IQ is used in our government for the sake of all Inuit. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? I think it is urgent now that it is evident in the Arctic. How do you envision economic development in your riding? I believe economic development should be right in the front of Nunavut’s economy. Nunavut needs to grow in all areas of our economy. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? At this point I am not sure. Those who have not been vaccinated should not be penalized, but use all precautions and pre-

ᔮᓱᐊ ᐋᕆᐊᖅ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᖅᑎᒧᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᑐᓄᓂᕐᒥ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Joshua Arreak is an MLA candidate in the Tununiq riding. Photo courtesy of Joshua Arreak ventative measures to be able to travel in Nunavut.


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Rankin Inlet holds dedication ceremony for new arena First hockey camp of the season set for end of month By Ezra Black Northern News Services Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet

It was a good day for Rankin Inlet. The $26-million ‘new’ arena – a 950seat multi-use facility complete with concession stands, volleyball courts, and of course, a hockey rink – was formally dedicated as the Agnico Eagle Arena Oct. 6. Over 2,000 people attended the dedication ceremony for the state-of-theart facility, which has become a “focal point” for the community, said Darren Flynn, Rankin Inlet’s senior administrative officer. The hamlet treated all attendees to a barbecue. It also gave out about $30,000 in draw prizes including a Honda ATV, a 65-inch television and a number of $1,000 gift cards. Flynn said “the community is rightfully proud of,” and “quite excited about” the long-awaited and much-anticipated facility. While the old hockey rink was a seasonal facility, the new arena will be open for about 11 months of the year, aside from when its playing surface is being converted from ice to turf or back again. “The nice thing about this building is from mid-October until the beginning of April it is an ice rink,” said Flynn. “Once that season is over it converts and we’ve got a number of different platforms to use there right now.” The hamlet recently acquired a volleyball court “so that large tournaments can be hosted in there,” and artificial turf for summer soccer. “We are fortunate we have some really good recreational recreation staff here,” said Flynn. “We have David Clark, who has been recreation director here for pretty much 15 years, and they do an awesome job trying to meet the needs and expectations of the sporting community.” In addition, the facility has a much greater seating capacity than the old arena, “so once we get past all these Covid restrictions, it’s going to make for quite a gathering place. It also af-

ᑲᑎᒪᔨ ᑕᓂ ᖃᐅᒻᒪᒃ, ᓴᐅᒥᖅᖠᕐᒦᑦᑐᖅ, ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᐅᑉ ᒪᐃᔭᖓ Hᐊᕆ ᑕᐅᑐᙱ, ᒪᕐᑎᓐ ᐱᓚᓐᑎ, ᐊᒡᓂᒍ ᐃᒍᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᑉ ᑐᖏᓕᖓ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔾᔪᑎᒃᑯᑦ, ᐹᔅᑯ ᓚᕗᐃ, ᐊᒡᓂᒍ ᐃᒍᒃᑯᑦ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕋᖅᑎᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓚᓂ ᓱᕐᕕᑦ, ᐊᒡᓂᒍ ᐃᒍᒃᑯᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᔾᔨᒋᐊᖅᑎᓂᒃ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᐅᐸᒍᑎᓯᒪᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᔪᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᒡᓂᒍ ᐃᒍ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᒃᑖᓵᖑᔪᒥᒃ ᐅᑐᐱᕆ 6-ᒥ.

Councillor Danny Kowmuk, left, Rankin Inlet Mayor Harry Towtongie, Martin Plante, Agnico Eagle’s vice-president of Nunavut operations, Pascal Lavoie, Agnico Eagle’s director of Shared Services Nunavut, and Lonny Syvret, Agnico Eagle’s senior advisor for Nunavut operations attended the dedication ceremony for Agnico Eagle Arena on Oct. 6. Photo courtesy of Darren Flynn fords itself as an exceptional venue for holding events such as trade shows or conferences.” The hamlet began looking for a corporate sponsor to buy the naming rights to the arena in 2019. Agnico Eagle Mines acquired the naming rights to the facility and earlier this year, a 10-year/$500,000 sponsorship deal was reached between the company and the hamlet. “Basically, it’s a 10-year agreement where AEM will pay the community $50,000 a year, or $500,000 over the 10year life of the agreement,” explained Flynn. “That’s huge for Rankin Inlet,” he continued. “For facilities in much larger towns and cities that are getting corporate sponsorship, I don’t know that they’re getting it at that premium.” As arenas are “very, very expensive to operate” the sponsorship deal will help the hamlet provide more services at lower prices, said Flynn. “One of the things we do here is we don’t charge ice time to our minor hockey association,” he said. “The result is we’re able to register kids for $150 a year, the bulk of which is minor hock-

ᐳᔾᔫᑦ ᑯᓱᒐᖅ, ᐊᒡᓂᒍ ᐃᒍ ᐅᔭᕋᖕᓂᐊᖅᑐᓕᕆᔨᒃᑯᓐᓄᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᖃᓄᐃᓕᐅᕈᑕᐅᔪᑦ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᑲᒪᔨᒋᔭᐅᔪᖅ, ᖃᐃᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐅᖃᓪᓚᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᓂᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᒃᑖᓵᖑᔫᑉ ᒥᒃᓵᓄᑦ ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ ᐅᑐᐱᕆ 6-ᒥ.

Pujjuut Kusugak, the director of the Nunavut affairs for AEM, spoke to attendees at a dedication ceremony for the new Rankin Inlet arena on Oct. 6. Photo courtesy of Darren Flynn

Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᓂᐅᖅᑲᐅᑎᖃᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᐃᒻᒪᖄ $30,000-ᒧᑦ ᑎᑭᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐊᒨᖅᑲᐃᖃᑦᑕᖅᖢᑎᒃ. ᑎᐅᕆᓐ ᕕᓕᓐ, ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᕐᒥ Hᐊᒻᓚᒃᑯᓐᓂᒃ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᒃᑎᑦᑎᔨ, ᐅᖃᖅᖢᓂ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᒎᖅ ᓯᑯᓕᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓕᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥ Hᐊᑭᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓂᐊᖅᑐᑦ ᑕᖅᑭᐅᑉ ᓄᙳᐊᓂ.

The hamlet gave out about $30,000 in draw prizes in honour of the occasion. Darren Flynn, Rankin Inlet’s senior administrative officer, said the arena’s ice plant has been started and the first hockey camp of the season could be held by the end of the month. Photo courtesy of Darren Flynn ey insurance, so it gives council a lot of flexibility in being able to help the community be more active and take part in healthy activities, such as hockey, soccer and everything else.” Future upgrades to the facility are being considered, said Flynn, including

a second floor above the existing lobby that could be turned into commercial real estate or an added viewing area. In addition, hockey season is just around the corner, he said. “We’ve had a crew in, doing the ice plant start-up just these past five days,”

he said. “Last night the recreation department started laying down the first layer of water. So, I expect by the end of the weekend, we’ll probably have most of the ice completed. And towards the end of the month, we’ll kick off officially with a hockey camp.”

2,000 ᐅᖓᑖᓃᑦᑐᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᐸᒍᑎᓚᐅᖅᑐᑦ ᓯᐊᕐᕆᔮᕐᕕᒃᑖᓵᕌᓗᒃ ᖃᓄᖅ ᐊᑦᑎᖅᑕᐅᓂᖓᓄᑦ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᖅᓯᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᓯᓚᒥ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓂᕆᑎᑕᐅᑉᓗᑎᒃ ᓵᓚᒃᓴᒐᒃᓴᖃᕈᓘᔭᖅᖢᓂᓗ.

More than 2,000 people attended the dedication ceremony for the state-of-the-art facility, which included a barbecue and prize draws. Photo courtesy of Darren Flynn


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Iqaluit-Tasiluk: George Hickes George Hickes Community: Iqaluit Age: 52 Family Status: Married with three daughters Career: Incumbent MLA for Iqaluit-Tasiluk since 2013, cabinet minister in 4th and 5th legislative assemblies (held portfolios of Finance, Justice, Health, Qulliq Energy Corporation, Nunavut Housing Corporation and Workers Safety and Compensation Commission). Previous work experience in finance, policy, communications positions and within the financial services industry. Volunteer or board experience? I’ve been a volunteer firefighter, a member of the Canadian Rangers and a minor hockey coach. I have also participated in a number of boards over the years in multiple roles. Why are you running for MLA? I want our territory to be a safe, healthy and prosperous place to live. That means ensuring government is working to address the needs and priorities of Nunavummiut – whether it’s more affordable housing, better Elder care in the territory, greater economic and educational opportunities for Inuit, safer communities or providing more healthcare closer to home. While we’ve made progress in a number of these areas, there’s still much to do. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? Going forward, I’d

like the GN and NTI to work together to tackle the housing infrastructure crisis and develop training programs for Inuit mental health counsellors and Elder care health providers here in territory. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? Climate change has affected how and when we hunt and travel on the land. Multi-year pack ice has blocked sealift barges from communities. Thawing permafrost is shifting buildings. It’s our responsibility – as citizens and governments – to take action now so that our children and generations to follow do not inherit problems that we can solve today. We must reduce our reliance on carbon fuels and develop more green energy options. How do you envision economic development in your riding? An addictions and trauma treatment centre and high-level Elder care centre will create hundreds of new jobs in Iqaluit. It is critical to develop training programs for Inuit to become certified mental health and Elder care workers in those facilities. Keeping corporate taxes low helps small and medium-sized businesses, who already face high costs of doing business in Iqaluit. Stable, predictable funding is needed for our non-profit and social enterprise sector, who are working on the ground level to build capacity in our community and create better

ᔪᐊᔾ ᕼᐃᒃᔅ ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᖕᒧᑦ.

George Hickes candidate for the riding of Iqaluit-Tasiluk. Photo courtesy of George Hickes opportunities for Iqalummiut. Supporting hunters, tourism operators, artists and cultural industries is essential in developing a local economy that is uniquely ours. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I am fully vaccinated, and encourage everyone to get their vaccination, if they haven’t already done so. Vaccines are the best form of protection for you, your family and your community. Many Nunavummiut have conditions that make them susceptible to the worst outcomes of Covid-19, including hospitalization or death. If mandatory vaccinations are necessary to protect them from Covid-19, then I will support it.

Iqaluit-Tasiluk: James Arreak James Arreak Community: Iqaluit Age: 54 Family Status: Married Career: Senior Management Professional with 25 years of experience providing managerial leadership and visionary insight for a for-profit and non-profit organizations and firm within Inuit Organizations, Development Corporation, Consulting, Airline and or Banking industries. Volunteer or board experience? Mentoring graduate students; 20 years of board experience in various non-profit and for-profit organizations. Why are you running for MLA? I am running because I would like to use my skills, experience, and qualifications to serve the people. I was raised by my parents, where I was taught the importance of helping and serving others. These values date back as far as my great-grandparents and possibly further. Where we were raised to, when possible, help other people. If you are able, use your skills and strengths, to help. Plus, I believe in Nunavut, and would like to contribute to its continued development; and to take it where it’s never been. How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? The Government of Nunavut (GN) must work with NTI. The GN is a signatory to the Nunavut Agreement (NA) and has implementation responsibilities defined within the document.

The rights defined in the NA are constitutionally protected and it is a mutually binding agreement. Inuit have the right to be involved in the government process, be involved in co-managing resources, making decisions concerning wildlife, participate in economic opportunities, and the right to cultural and social well-being. Recent supreme court decisions confirmed that treaty right holders have a right to meaningfully participate in Government. The GN must work closely with NTI so that Inuit Rights are accommodated and respected in Government. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? The Government must take urgent steps to strengthen its policy on the environment. Government must learn to utilize Inuit strengths, as well as the application of research and technology. I will propose to integrate Inuit values to strengthen the policy on environment within the Government of Nunavut. Plus define the role of research involving how climate change is impacting Nunavummiut IE impacts on ice conditions, permafrost, and wildlife. Furthermore, I propose to develop a communication system where technology can be utilized to inform hunters, and all those that depend on the sea ice, to travel as safely as possible. How do you envision economic development in your riding? We must develop an economy for the future. I envision

ᔭᐃᒥᓯ ᐋᕆᐊᖅ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᑕᓯᓗᖕᒧᑦ.

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Iqaluit-Sinaa: Janet Brewster Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster Community: Iqaluit Age: 51 Career: 35 years experience in Indigenous Organizations and Governance. The last 20 years with GN Health in Management, Manager of a number of Divisions; Health Protection, Promotion, Research & Special Projects, Patient Relations, as well as Executive Director of Population Health and currently Director of Travel Programs. Formerly Executive Director of NACA, Home and Community Care Coordinator and Youth Intervenor at ITK and Programs officer at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Volunteer or board experience: Founding Vice-Chair of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation; Secretary Treasurer of Inuit Non-Profit Housing Association; Chair, Uquutaq Society, Toonik Tyme and Alianait; Member, IBC Board of Directors; Worker Representative-WSCC NWT/NU; Member, National Circle of Families and Survivors of MMIWG; Member, Nunavut Black Lives Matter Why are you running for MLA? Nunavut needs more women in leadership. Only 14 of 58 territorial candidates are women and Iqaluit-Sinaa is our only chance to elect a woman in Iqaluit. I will use my 30 year career experience in policy and governance, 20 years in public service at the GN and volunteer leadership in our community to continue working to build safer, stronger communities. As deputy mayor, I have served with integrity and have not missed any regularly scheduled meetings since being elected. You can count on me.

How much influence should NTI have in territorial governance? We must work together. As MLA, I am committed to seeing this relationship improve. The NLCA and 1992 Political Accord clearly outlines the GN role. There is a central importance to training Inuit to access employment. Together we must raise the bar on adequate housing, food security, safeguard traditional values, and be sustainable in development to protect our people and environment. Here’s an analogy. In a relationship you work out your differences no matter how complex, and you both put your children first. Essentially it means let’s work together, be respectful and make change that create better outcomes for our people. How urgent is combating climate change in Nunavut? No one is more concerned about climate change than Inuit. This is a global fight. Higher temperatures have already caused the ice and permafrost to change. We see fewer caribou and narwhal, changes in birds and fish populations, and changes to polar bear habitat. We need action not-lip service. Impacts of climate change need mitigation now because we do not want to reach the point where it’s irreversible. We must maintain our way of life and work in partnership with all MLAs, NTI, ITK, the Federal Government and other entities to push for actions that protect our land. How do you envision economic development in your riding? Economic development in Iqaluit-Sinaa is a community approach that must be sup-

ᔮᓇᑦ ᐳᕉᔅᑐᕐ, ᓂᕈᐊᒐᒃᓴᐅᔪᖅ ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦ-ᓯᓈᓄᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᕕᐅᕙᒃᑐᒧᑦ ᑭᒡᓕᖓᓄᑦ.

Janet Brewster, candidate for the Iqaluit-Sinaa riding. Photo via Elections Nunavut portive of arts, local tourism, country food programs, small to large business and investment and infrastructure needs. As an MLA, I will represent my community’s needs, and I will continue to listen to my constituents and shape policies and programs with their direct input. I will back actions that create meaningful employment, housing and health and wellness programs to support families and future generations. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? Covid-19 has forced us to change our normal daily lives. It’s vital we follow public health advice. Vaccinating people is one of the best defenses in this fight. Vaccines provide an extra level of protection along with other public health measures. We need to offset the risk to our most vulnerable populations and protect them best we can.

On the land James Arreak, candidate for the riding of Iqaluit-Tasiluk. Photo courtesy of James Arreak Nunavut’s economy to be developed in a balanced way, protecting, and preserving the land, sea, ice, and wildlife, while promoting the development of sectors led by sustainable, diverse, and feasible strategies. Creating meaningful jobs can improve people’s lives. The Government must bolster and strengthen its people by regaining their pride and well-being. As it allows people to become more productive leading to a brighter future. Areas of emerging economies with potential for development are the Arts, Infrastructure, Housing and Offshore. Are you for or against mandatory vaccinations? I support vaccinations. But I also support the freedom and rights of individuals.

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ᓵᓚᖃᖅᑐᖅ: ᓯᐊᕋ ᐃᒡᕕᒃᓴᖅ

ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᖅ ᐱᓕ ᐋᑦᔪᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᕆᓚᐅᖅᐳᖅ ᐆᒥᖓ ᑲᒪᓇᖅᑐᒥ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐊᒥ ᑎᕆᖅᑯᐊᓂ ᓯᕿᓂᖅ ᓂᐱᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᑎᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑕᕐᕋᖓ ᑕᑯᔪᓐᓇᖅᑕᕐᓂ ᑕᓕᖅᐱᖕᒥ ᓯᕿᓂᐅᑉ ᓂᐱᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᓂᖓᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᑐᖑᔪᕐᓂᐅᔪᖅ ᑕᕐᕋᕆᕙᖓ. ᑲᒪᓇᕐᔪᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᔾᔨ.

Winner: Sarah Igviksaq

Whale Cove Billy Adjuk captured this amazing moment at an angle where the sun was setting and the reflection as you could see on the right is where the sun is setting and the blue part is the shadow. Amazing picture.


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ᑕᐃᕙᕋ ᐅᓇ ᐱᐅᔪᒻᒪᕆᐊᓗᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᓕᐅᖅᑕᐅᔪᖅ “ᐅᒥᐊᖅᑐᖅᑎᐅᑉ ᐱᐅᒋᔭᖓ.”

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Taloyoak Kovalaq Tooloorealik, 8 years old, seal hunting out on Taloyoak ocean Sept. 20, driving his namesake’s boat. His Dad told him to drive to the seals, we weren’t so lucky until he got on the wheel! Then we finally saw a seal.

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Pond Inlet Hiking on top of Bylot Island.

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Kugaaruk I call this beautiful photo that I took “Sailor’s delight.”