Emudluk acclaimed to top political job in Nunavik
All KRG positions re-filled by acclamation
KUUJJUAQ — Lobbying Ottawa and Quebec for more social housing will be the Kativik Regional Government’s top priority, Maggie Emudluk, the newly-acclaimed chair of the KRG, said this week.
Emudluk was re-appointed for a second term in an uncontested race among regional councillors at the KRG regional council meeting on Nov. 24.
After her acclamation, Emudluk told councillors she would work towards a solution to a housing crisis that is behind the region’s growing social problems, she said.
Emudluk’s vow comes just as the federal and provincial governments say they will sit down with the KRG, Makivik Corp. and the Kativik Municipal Housing Board to negotiate a deal that could see Nunavik get up to 1,000 new social housing units.
At least 700 new social units are needed in Nunavik, according to the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau. This need was supposed to have been dealt with during a housing forum involving the federal and provincial governments.
But the forum, which was to have taken place last summer, was cancelled earlier this year and never rescheduled.
All the parties have now agreed to set up a committee to work towards solving the impasse on social housing construction, Louis Mercier, the KRG’s political attaché in Quebec City, told delegates.
The deadline for an agreement is February, Mercier said. This proposed deal would be an add-on to the promised renewal of Nunavik’s five-year agreement on social housing construction.
Under this agreement, Makivik Corp. builds about 80 houses a year. and the KRG distributes the housing — of which there is never enough, pointed out many councillors at the meeting in Kuujjuaq.
At their meeting, the KRG also elected a new executive and speakers.
All of of the positions were filled by acclamation.
The members of the executive, who will serve a three-year term, include vice-chairman Joseph Annahatak, the longtime former mayor of Kangirsuk, Muncy Novalinga, the mayor of Puvirnituq, Eli Aullaluk of Akulivik, also a former mayor, and Jean Dupuis of Kuujjuaq, who chaired of the KRG during the 1990s.
Andy Moorhouse of Inukjuak returns as KRG speaker, with Aullaluk as the deputy speaker.
The KRG also elected members of its regional council, who are all either mayors or councillors, to serve on various regional boards.
Peter Angnatuk of Tasiujaq and Michael Cameron of Salluit will sit on the board of the Nunavik Mineral Exploration Fund.
Cameron and Angnatuk also represent the KRG on the board of the KMHB with Mary Pilurtuut, the mayor of Kangiqsujuaq,
Eli Aullaluk will sit on the council of commissioners and executive committee of the Kativik School Board.
Johnny Akpahatak, the mayor of Aupaluk, sits on the board of the Makitautik reintegration centre along with Joseph Annahatak.
Moorhouse also sits on the Nunavik regional board of health and social services.
Emudluk, Annahatak and Novalinga will also sit on the boards of the Kativik Regional Development Council and the Kativik Local Development Centre.
Bobby Putulik of Quaqtaq, Charlie Paningajak of Ivujivik, Jack Niviaxie of Umiujaq, Allan Brown of Kuujjuaraapik and Louis Einish of Kawawachikamach also sit as regular members of the regional council which meets four times a year.
Every member of the KRG regional council receives $12,656 a year for serving on the council. The speaker receives an additional $1,840, the deputy speaker $912, while executive members receive $23,009, the chairperson $83,997 and the vice-chairperson $62,227.