Nunavut’s new five-plex units will have gun cabinets, says housing minister
“Having a safe space to store firearms is part of Inuuqatigiittiarniq”
Nunavut’s new fiveplex housing units will be equipped with gun cabinets, Housing Minister Patterk Netser announced Thursday in the legislature.
“There may be no better form of self-reliance than that of hunters on the land. But when they return, they need a safe space to store their firearms,” he said.
The addition of the cabinets falls in line with the Government of Nunavut’s Blueprint for Action on Housing, which calls for the housing corporation to incorporate Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles in its design, Netser said.
“If we hold to our principles and follow them in ways both big and small, they will thrive. Having a safe space to store firearms is part of Inuuqatigiittiarniq—caring for people. Without it, people might feel less comfortable with firearms in their home,” Netser said.
Netser said the cost of the cabinets is included in the budget for the fiveplexes, so there is no additional cost to the tenant.
“I understand the keys will be given to the tenant when they move in to the unit.”
Netser said he does not know how many firearms the cabinets can hold or what they look like.
“I’m a firm believer that the gun is not the danger. It’s the person behind the gun that’s the dangerous one,” he said.