Nunavut’s new ministers assigned portfolios
Joelie Kaernerk takes on culture and heritage; Daniel Qavvik adopts environment
Nunavut’s newest cabinet ministers have been assigned their portfolios.
Premier P.J. Akeeagok announced the appointments Monday in a news release.
MLAs Joelie Kaernerk and Daniel Qavvik were voted into cabinet by their peers Saturday at the Nunavut legislative assembly.
Kaernerk has been named minister of culture and heritage, minister of languages, and minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corp. He represents the Amittuq riding, which covers Sanirajak and splits Igloolik with the Aggu riding.
Over the weekend, Kaernerk told reporters he was hoping to be named to the culture and heritage portfolio, as well as justice.
However, David Akeeagok will hold on to justice instead.
The QEC position was most recently one of the premier’s portfolios and the language portfolio most recently belonged to Deputy Premier Pamela Gross.
Gross, who recently had a baby, is on a one-month leave from cabinet. She plans to return to her roles as education minister and minister responsible for seniors on Oct. 16, ahead of the next legislative sitting which opens Oct. 25.
Qavvik will serve as minister of environment, minister responsible for energy, and minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College. He represents the Hudson Bay riding, which includes Sanikiluaq.
His ministerial appointments formerly belonged to Aggu MLA Joanna Quassa until she resigned from cabinet last week.
No other cabinet positions were affected by Monday’s announcement.
“I am happy to welcome the newest members of our executive council,” the premier said in a statement.
“We look forward to the new energy and the increased diversity our new ministers will bring to an already strong cabinet.”