Iqaluit Elders’ Qammaq reopens after renovations

Recent repairs include new deck, lighting, says recreation manager

The Elders’ Qammaq in Iqaluit, pictured here in January, reopened to visitors on Wednesday after undergoing renovations and repairs during pandemic lockdowns. (File photo by David Venn)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Elders’ Qammaq in Iqaluit has reopened after undergoing renovations during pandemic lockdowns.

The city’s recreation programmer Austin Caza announced Wednesday the facility is offering regularly scheduled programming.

The Elders’ Qammaq is a drop-in centre for elders to socialize, participate in recreational activities, workshops and special cultural events.

“Though the COVID-19 pandemic meant that the Qammaq had to close, the recreation department took the opportunity to upgrade the facility with some much-needed renovations and repairs,” Caza said.

He said the facility now has a new deck, new interior and exterior paint, updated energy-efficient LED lighting, a new washer and dryer and a new outdoor grill smoker.

The upgrades were done with support from Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage, and distribution of food to elders’ households while renovations were being completed was provided by the Tukisigiarvik Society, Caza said.


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