Joelie Kaernerk, MLA for Amittuq, asked Lorne Kusugak, Nunavut’s community and government services minister, on Feb. 20 about cabinet approval to change Hall Beach’s official name back to Sanirajak. (File photo)
MLA says community voted last year to officially adopt its traditional name
Hall Beach’s MLA says his constituents are still waiting to hear back on when the community can officially change its name back to its traditional name, Sanirajak. The community held a plebiscite last year to change its name back to its traditional name, Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk explained in the legislative assembly on Thursday, Feb….
Canada Parks employee Despoina Kavousanaki points out a detail on an epaulette found during the 2019 excavation of the HMS Erebus to Stanley Anablak, president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, and Pamela Gross, president of the Inuit Heritage Trust, at Parks Canada’s conservation laboratories in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 20. Gross told those present that the trust is working towards having a museum in the territory to showcase the finds from the Franklin vessels. (Photo by Patricia Lightfoot)
Finance Minister George Hickes answers questions from reporters about the Government of Nunavut’s 2020-21 operations budget, which is being tabled today in the legislative assembly. Out of the projected $2.33 billions of total operating expenses in the coming year, the biggest portion is being spent on the Department of Health. “This budget aims to foster individual and community wellness, particularly in health care and support to families and individuals in crisis,” Hickes said in his budget address. The biggest item on the budget is $17.6 million towards meeting increased medical travel needs that are projected for the coming year. Also of note is the $1.5 million for six new RCMP members for the territory this year, and six next year. Four Inuktitut-speaking RCMP dispatchers will also be hired to provide 24-7 service for the territory, and $1.3 million is going to increase foster care per diems for the first time since 2004. (Photo by Dustin Patar)
Lori Eddy, skip for Nunavut’s women’s curling team at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, speaks with reporters following her team’s surprise 6-5 win against Northern Ontario today in Moose Jaw, Sask. Eddy last made it to the national curling finals for Team Ontario in 1997. “We were just thrilled to have such a good game. It means so much to us and to Nunavut,” she said. (Photo courtesy of Curling Canada)