Congrats and concerns for search and rescue efforts


Arviat MLA David Alagalak stood up to congratulate the people of Arviat for their recent search and rescue parties, which included members of his family.

The search and rescue parties finally found two people from Arviat, Moses Kinniksi, 25, and Lillian Otuk, 21, who died in a blizzard last week trying to reach Rankin Inlet by snowmobile.

Alagalak said Nunavut communities and individuals need more access to “tracking equipment” — above and beyond the $390,000 spent last year by the GN for global positioning equipment, HF radios and first aid kits. He said more equipment should be made available to hunters and “parents who doubt their sons and daughters will make it back from point A to point B.”
“If we had this equipment we wouldn’t have lost those two people in Arviat last week.”

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