Iqaluit’s new jail gets a new name

New facility to be called Aaqqigiarvik, which means “a place for help to make progress in life”

Iqaluit’s new jail will be called the Aaqqigiarvik Correctional Healing Facility. Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak says that aaqqigiarvik means “a place for help to make progress in life.” (File photo)

By Dustin Patar

Iqaluit’s new jail, which is set to replace the aging Baffin Correctional Centre, has a new name.

Going forward, the new name will be the Aaqqigiarvik Correctional Healing Facility, Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak announced in the legislature on Monday, Oct. 26.

The new facility was previously referred to as the the Qikiqtani Correctional Healing Centre.

Aaqqigiarvik means “a place for help to make progress in life,” said Ehaloak.

“This name was determined in consultation with the same elders whose advice helped design this new facility.”

The name was also developed and reviewed by the Tuttarviit Committee, which consists of members from each government department who ensure that Inuit societal values are reflected in government initiatives and operations.

The new jail is scheduled to be complete by 2022. MLAs recently denied a request for an additional $1.5 million to address higher costs for the project.

During her announcement Ehaloak also addressed concerns raised about calling jails “healing facilities.”

“The new facility will build on lessons learned from the Rankin Inlet Healing Facility, to build a model of corrections focused on healing and addressing root causes of crime,” she said.

To accomplish this, Ehaloak says the new facility will use on-the-land programs, counselling, life skill lessons, training and education to help inmates towards a better life.

“We feel the name we have chosen is the appropriate name to reflect this purpose,” said Ehaloak.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Craig on

    Aaqqigiarvik A place to get fixed. To get fixed, that’s how I understand it.

  2. Posted by Inside the facade on

    If corrections was as serious about living up to the names they so carefully and proudly choose these facilities might begin to produce some actual results. Organizational cultures that foster and rely on petty gossip instead of real management and complete lack of leadership have left the department bereft of morale.

    • Posted by Seen it too on

      Good comment and true one too.

  3. Posted by Point man on

    Aagigiavik in translit is a place to reset for better. A thing, a matter, a person, a concept.
    What kinds of teaching are happening there. Even basic literacy, maths, and even greater is the teaching of life and social skills.

    • Posted by Craig on

      There is no g in Aaqqigiarvik, I’d like to know too what programs are offered to improve their lives and be better for our society.

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