Nunavut mourns Joe Enook, speaker of territory’s legislature

Flags in front of the Nunavut legislature in Iqaluit are at half-mast on Sunday morning in Iqaluit to honour Speaker Joe Enook, who passed away March 29 in Ottawa. A statement from Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq reads: “On behalf of the Government of Nunavut, I extend our sincere condolences to Joe Enook’s family and constituents. I had the honour of serving with Joe for a number of years and can attest to his commitment and dedication to the well-being of our territory. Rest easy, my friend. You will be missed by us all.” A book of condolences will be hosted at the Legislative Assembly. Deputy Speaker Simeon Mikkungwak also issued the following statement: “It is my sad duty to announce the passing of Speaker Joe Enook, who left us yesterday following a short illness. My colleagues and I take comfort in knowing that his beloved wife, Mary, was with him at the end. Speaker Enook served his constituents with passion, and represented our institution with dignity. Our thoughts are with Joe’s family and the entire community of Pond Inlet.” Enook, born in 1957, had represented the constituency of Tununiq since September 2011. (Photo by Jane George)

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