Key issues for Pangnirtung mayor race include waste management, loose dogs

Ten candidates also running for 8 council seats; all DEA positions acclaimed

Two candidates are vying for mayor of Pangnirtung and 10 candidates are hoping to win a council seat, in the Oct. 23 municipal election. (File photo)

By Jorge Antunes

Leading up to Nunavut’s Oct. 23 municipal elections, Nunatsiaq News is publishing snapshots of races in the territory’s 25 communities.

A former mayor and a political newcomer are competing to lead the Hamlet of Pangnirtung.

Lynn Meeka Mike is running against Stevie Komoartok for mayor of Pangnirtung in the Oct. 23 election. If elected, Mike said she intends to govern using Inuit core cultural values. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Meeka Mike)

Former mayor Stevie Komoartok also previously served as a hamlet councillor. After the death of mayor Hezakiah Oshutapik in April 2020, Komoartok ran against Eric Lawlor in a byelection to choose a new mayor but lost by 20 votes.

Kamoartok could not be reached for comment for this story.

His challenger Lynn Meeka Mike said she has lived in Pangnirtung all her life. A business development officer for the Kakivak Association, she is the current district education authority chairperson and a volunteer firefighter.

Along with mayor, she is running for a position on the DEA.

Mike said her work in business and community development informed her decision to run for mayor. She wants to bring people together to work toward common goals.

“I aim to bring better waste management,” she said. “We all know that [Pangnirtung] is a breathtaking gateway to our popular national park. Let’s all work toward beautifying this community.”

Mike thinks working to beautify the community is important for its well-being.

“We all live in this world. We all have feelings, and most importantly, we all matter. All our voices matter,” she said.

She also wants to reopen the preschool and create more opportunities for traditional cultural activities like sewing, crafts and hunting.

Mike noted the community has a problem involving dogs that are allowed to run loose and a program urging owners to keep them leashed is needed.

“We need more municipal [workers] and I think that training on the job locally would improve the service,” she said.

Inuit cultural values, such as openness and inclusivity, will be key characteristics of her governance if elected, she said.

In other municipal races in Pangnirtung, 10 candidates are vying for eight seats on council.

As listed on the Elections Nunavut website, the candidates are Davidee Kooneeliusie, Sheila Kilabuk, Jaco Ishulutak, Davidee Nauyuq, Corbin Winsor, Markus Wilcke, Janice Alivaktuk, Delia Young, Julai Alikatuktuk, Johnathan Langridge.

All positions on the districted education authority have been acclaimed. Members will be Mathew Nauyuq, Karen Douglas, Lynn Mike, Jeannie Kalai Alivaktuk, Oloosie Pitsiulak, Joanna Kilabuk-Evic.

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  1. Posted by Bright and Beautiful on

    The first thing Pangnirtung, and every other Nunavut community, needs is PAINT. Why can’t Nunavut communities be as cheerfully painted as comparable-sized Greenland communities or Newfoundland outports? Bright reds and yellows and greens and blues – not white. And then clean up the old vehicles and broken Skidoos which litter most communities. Make the community attractive – not just for tourists – but primarily for the people who live there. Try it. I bet it will make a difference to people’s lives.

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