Justice minister lauds Nunavummiut for taking firearms safety courses
Justice Department offering courses and other firearms safety events across territory
Nunavummiut are taking aim in the Department of Justice’s firearms safety awareness program.
Justice Minister David Akeeagok provided MLAs an update Monday in the legislative assembly on a campaign called Qukiutiliritsiarniq Nunavummi, which is run in collaboration with Manitoba and Nunavut’s chief firearms officer, RCMP and community organizations.
“The campaign aims to provide Nunavummiut with easy access to the firearm possession and acquisition licence course, while also promoting the safe use, handling and storage of firearms through community events and other initiatives,” Akeeagok said.
He said 23 people in Pangnirtung graduated from the course earlier this year. As well, community justice staff helped 47 people there complete their firearm licence applications.
There were also train-the-trainer instructor courses offered, starting in August. To date, the GN has offered two courses and 19 Nunavummiut from all three regions have become instructors to facilitate Canadian Firearm Safety Courses in their communities.
The most recent Qukiutiliritsiarniq Nunavummi event runs Monday to Thursday in Pond Inlet, which is also being promoted locally as firearm safety week. Representatives are distributing firearm locks and hosting firearm safety awareness contests in the community with prizes, Akeeagok said.
“As a hunter myself, I understand the importance of the safe handling and storage of firearms and encourage all Pond Inlet residents to participate in the upcoming firearm safety week,” he said.