Kangirsuk left without a new mayor after KRG elections

Community scheduled to hold new mayoral election on Feb. 4

Kangirsuk, seen here, does not yet have a new mayor after nobody entered as a candidate. (File photo by Jessie Takulik)

By Jeff Pelletier - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Kangirsuk does not yet have a new mayor after the Kativik Regional Government held municipal elections in three Nunavik communities on Wednesday.

The elections, which were initially meant to be held in November, were postponed in some communities, due to local COVID-19 outbreaks.

In Kangirsuk, nobody ran for mayor. Without a mayor-elect, another mayoral election is set to take place on Feb. 4, according to Joanne Fortin, the director of the KRG’s legal department. Nominations for mayoral candidates opened Friday afternoon and are set to close at 5 p.m.

Nine candidates ran for council in Kangirsuk. Six were elected —  Annapik Eetook, Minnie Annahatak, Marcussie Eetook, Edua Lucassie, Winifred Nungak and Lizzie Thomassie.

In Salluit, Maggie Q. Saviakjuk won the race for mayor, beating four other candidates. The entire council — consisting of Annie I. Alaku, Eva Sakiagak Audlaluk, Stephen Grasser, George Kakayuk, Amaamak Saviakjuk and Peta S. Tayara — was acclaimed.

As of Friday afternoon, Ivujivik’s election results had not been posted online. Fortin says Ivujivik and the KRG needed “a little more time” to finalize the results before making them public.

Kuujjuaq and Kangiqsualujjuaq are the last two communities that have not yet held elections. Fortin says that the COVID-19 outbreak in the region continues to delay elections in those communities, but the elections will occur at a later date.

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(4) Comments:

  1. Posted by Oh my Kangirsuks economy on

    Kangirsuk left without a mayor, will negatively affect the Nunavik economic situation. It could even be a state of emergency who knows.

    • Posted by NUNAVIMIUK on

      Im sure , as long as cheques are singed , Kangisuk will still function.

  2. Posted by Chesley on

    We had the same in Tasiujaq in 2015 or 16. There was an election carried out separately after a council was voted in. You are not alone Kangirsuk. I hope you find a good person to be mayor.

  3. Posted by Kuujjuaq on

    Kangirsuk doesn’t need a mayor they have god and medicinal seven up.


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