Igloolik mayoral candidates want better road maintenance, youth centre
3-way race in Igloolik as incumbent Erasmus Ivvalu faces competitors George Qattalik, George Auksaq
Leading up to Nunavut’s municipal elections, Nunatsiaq News is publishing snapshots of races in the territory’s 25 communities.
It’s the battle of the Georges vs. incumbent Erasmus Ivvalu in Igloolik’s upcoming mayoral race.
Voters in Igloolik will elect a mayor from three candidates on October 23: challengers George Auksaq, George Qattalik and incumbent Erasmus Ivvalu.
“I don’t have any big agenda” as mayor, George Qattalik said.
“I just wanted to try being a leader in Igloolik as mayor, because I’ve been in Igloolik all my life.”
He did however share that his priorities are to build a dedicated youth centre for young people in the community and to uplift more community talent.
Qattalik worked previously with the territory’s Finance Department.
He also attended college for office administration, was an instructor of Inuktitut at Nunavut Arctic College and is active with Igloolik’s search and rescue team.
Qattalik said he loves helping the community through volunteering and wants to see more opportunities for locals to work in Igloolik.
“We have very good leaders here and we have very talented people in the community,” Qattalik said.
If elected mayor, “I would start pushing things forward for Igloolik,” he said.
“I will get things done.”
George Auksaq, an artist, has also thrown his hat into the ring.
Auksaq said he’s concerned about Igloolik’s road and water infrastructure. His top priorities as mayor would be to improve road maintenance throughout the community and find a way to decrease the number of boil water advisories each year in Igloolik, he said.
Another concern of Auksaq’s is the number of old buildings that sit unused in the community. He wants to work with authorities to secure the funds and tools needed to demolish old buildings that can’t be reused for safety reasons.
Auksaq said he previously served as a councillor in the hamlet and is now self-employed as a carver.
“I will work for the whole community,” he said.
The incumbent in the race is Mayor Erasmus Ivvalu, who could not be reached for comment for this story.
Ivvalu previously served as a hamlet councillor when he was elected in 2017. He was appointed mayor in 2021 after former mayor Merlyn Recinos stepped down from the position.
Voters on Oct. 23 will only cast a ballot for a mayor, as all other races in the community are acclaimed. The following are the councillors and members of the local district education authority and alcohol education committee who will once again serve in their roles:
- Celestino Uyarak
- Edward Attagutaluk
- Shanshan Tian
- Amanda Curley
- Ludger Makkik
- Jacob Malliki
- Celina Uttuigak
District education authority:
- Daniel Angilirq
- Francis Piugattuk
Alcohol education committee:
- Daniel Angilirq
- Laben Kunuk
- Lynn Quassa
- Isaac Haulli