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NEWS: Nunavut May 14, 2018 - 2:30 pm

Quassa moves Sheutiapik into Nunavut’s status of women portfolio

“She will be a strong voice for women’s rights and interests”

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Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Elisapee Sheutiapik will serve as minister responsible for the Status of Women, effective immediately, Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa said Friday in an announcement. (FILE PHOTO)
Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Elisapee Sheutiapik will serve as minister responsible for the Status of Women, effective immediately, Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa said Friday in an announcement. (FILE PHOTO)

Iqaluit-Sinaa MLA Elisapee Sheutiapik will serve as minister responsible for the status of women, effective immediately, Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa said Friday in an announcement.

Sheutiapik replaces Cambridge Bay MLA Jeannie Ehaloak, who has held the portfolio since Nov. 21, 2017.

Sheutiapik is a former president of Nunavut’s Qulliit Status of Women Council and a former president of Pauktuutit, the national Inuit women’s organization.

“She will be a strong voice for women’s rights and interests in our government and our territory,” Quassa said in the announcement.

Quassa also thanked Ehaloak for the work she’s done as status of women minister since November.

This is the second portfolio change that Quassa has ordered for Sheutiapik.

This past March, Sheutiapik switched portfolios with Arviat South MLA Joe Savikataaq.

Savikitaaq took responsibility for jobs that Sheutiapik had held: economic development and transportation, environment, the Nunavut Business Credit Corp. and the Nunavut Development Corp., and he also became minister responsible for energy and mines.

At the same time, Sheutiapik became minister of family services and minister responsible for homelessness, immigration and poverty reduction.

Sheutiapik also continues to serve as government house leader.

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(11) Comments:

#1. Posted by Jamie on May 14, 2018

An innocent question: How can there be a Government House Leader in a partyless consensus-style government? How does that work?

#2. Posted by Jobi on May 14, 2018

Third posting since Nov. PQ must not be happy with her work. Why not George, John, Adam??

#3. Posted by Hey jobi on May 14, 2018

Hey Jobi because PQ can not make a mla into a minister he can only change what the portfolios are.

#4. Posted by Free on May 14, 2018

To Jobi (#2):
PQ doesn’t control who’s in Cabinet… he’s given Cabinet by all the elected MLAs from among themselves.  From that lot, PQ then decides on what they get… Neither George, John nor Adam were selected to be in Cabinet in the voting by the whole Legislative Assembly, so PQ can’t pick them… even if he personally wanted to

#5. Posted by Listening on May 14, 2018

“She will be a strong voice for women’s rights and interests”

She was a strong voice before she entered Cabinet.
I haven’t heard anything from her since she entered Cabinet.
If she’s only a voice behind closed doors, is she really being heard? I hope so.

#6. Posted by Ex Nunavut on May 14, 2018

No kidding. Nunavut needs a minister for the status of men. Women are doing fairly well in Nunavut. It is the men more so who are struggling to find their place in this modern society.

#7. Posted by and... on May 15, 2018

@6: aaaaand who do the men beat the crap out of when they don’t get their way?

Everyone needs access to mental health resources, but men need to stop taking out our problems out on those who are smaller than us. Most men in Nunavut have the power to get up and do something about their situation, while many women are trapped in an abusive relationship. THAT’S why there’s a status of women’s council. They don’t want to feel like prisoners and childish abusive men should be held accountable. No more excuses.

Start your own men’s healing group if you’re concerned about men. Men need help too, but I think most just need support from their peers.

#8. Posted by Yeah on May 15, 2018

#7: SO TRUE! My hope is that we will be able to succeed in our own terms without being ill treated just because we are the bread winner. Men do need to learn coping skills so they can take care of their families minus the childish mindsets.

#9. Posted by Ex ex Nunavut on May 15, 2018

#7 and #8 you are both correct, women need support - no disagreement from me. But if you think men in Nunavut don’t need as much support you may not be seeing the whole picture. I am not an Inuk so I am only offering an observation, the women seem to have been very adaptable to the new economy, education, and technology. The men are struggling a bit, it all about the family if that is important. The men need a helping hand so of course do women. It is a societal thing.

#10. Posted by Yeah on May 15, 2018

#9 It is a societal thing for sure. What a lot of outsiders do not see is the ridicule and or abuse behind closed doors a lot of women have to deal with. Traditionally, the men are the bread winners and they are having a hard time balancing traditional activities and paper pushing - basically adapting to a new lifestyle we are forced to face.

And it is not fair to anyone that the roles of both men and women are changing - some have it worse than others. I am educated, not the best but still, and I have a good paying job which makes me the breadwinner of my household.

For several years, due to the fact that my income is higher, I had to deal with emotional and mental abuse - it took a long time to realize what the root cause of the abuse was. With the support women are getting, it gives us more strength, patience and resilience to be able to support our spouses. It is going to take time, rolled up sleeves and elbow grease to become a healthier territory. . .

#11. Posted by Paul Murphy on May 16, 2018

Has anyone ever thought about who runs a province/ territory?
Take a look at this site for Nunavut.

https://gov.nu.ca/cabinet

Not for one minute do I believe that the Ministers are capable of running all of their responsiblities never mind being qualified to do so.

When we think of the ineptness of our government, I think we should not be looking at the Ministers within in but the senior management who influence them and their decisions.

What can be done? Or do we just accept the way it is.

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