Trudeau finishes Iqaluit visit on dogsled, then inside igloo

Prime minister meets with premier on 2nd day of two-day visit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, standing on milk crates inside an igloo, listens to two igloo builders. To Trudeau’s immediate right is Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok, with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Aluki Kotierk. The dignitaries visited Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park in Iqaluit on Friday, the last day of Trudeau’s two-day visit to Iqaluit. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Jeff Pelletier - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

After Thursday’s busy afternoon of celebrations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent his final morning in Iqaluit at the Nunavut legislative assembly and then at Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park.

Trudeau’s two-day visit was to sign the Nunavut Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement – the “largest land transfer in Canada’s history,” according to his office, giving Nunavut new authority over federal lands in the territory.

Hundreds watched the signing ceremony at the Aqsarniit hotel and on an online webcast.

Friday morning was back to regular business, but also an opportunity for Trudeau and his youngest son, Hadrien, to enjoy some time on the land.

The prime minister’s day started with the signing of a guestbook at the legislative assembly. Similar to the previous day’s devolution agreement signing, Trudeau inked his name in syllabics.

After being greeted by Premier P.J. Akeeagok, the pair toured the legislative assembly chamber and then met in private.

Several MLAs and legislature employees gathered on the walkways above the assembly’s main lobby to snap pictures of Trudeau as he walked in and spoke alongside Akeeagok.

Trudeau reflected on his earliest travels to Iqaluit — called Frobisher Bay at that time — with his father, prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

“My dad brought me up here 50 years ago, and over the past 50 years or so I’ve seen tremendous transformation, changes, strengthening in so many different ways,” Trudeau said.

“Yesterday’s announcement was a huge step for us.”

Both Akeeagok and Trudeau spoke about the significance of the previous day’s events.

“There’s important work ahead of us, but to be sharing the stage with the many elders that were there and incredible youth that were playing yesterday really showed the importance around that,” Akeeagok said.

Trudeau repeated his promise to support Nunavut as it enters a three-year transition period, before devolution takes effect April 1, 2027.

“While we do that, we’re also going to be taking care of other big things, whether it’s continuing our great work on housing … whether it’s talking about sovereignty and protection of the Arctic,” he said.

“We’re really excited.”

After the meetings, the Trudeaus, Akeeagok and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president Aluki Kotierk headed to Sylvia Grinnell Park for a dogsled ride.

Trudeau also stopped at an igloo at the front of the park, where elders showed him how to add chunks of ice to the top of the structure.

“An igloo is not only an important cultural symbol, but it also represents housing and community,” Akeeagok said in an Instagram post.”We hope that the federal government will partner with us to build many more homes in Nunavut.”

  • Premier P.J. Akeeagok, left, and Hadrien Trudeau watch as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signs his name in Inuktitut syllabics in the guestbook at the legislative assembly in Iqaluit. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)


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(22) Comments:

  1. Posted by Ken on

    What a great picture! Great to see our PM doing some cultural activities and learning more about Inuit culture.
    Thank you Solomon for showing your skills and knowledge to our PM.

  2. Posted by Foreveramazed on

    He is a poor excuse for a pm. In fact, many say he is not their pm.

    • Posted by Inuk on

      For many of us he is our PM, he has done more for Nunavut than Harper ever did. Who do you have in mind that would do a better job than him?

      • Posted by Tired on

        They don’t want someone to do better.

        Effective governance makes screeching about our respective tax contributions uncomfortable. It’s harder to argue that you shouldn’t have to invest in society when that investment is put to good use.

      • Posted by Umingmak on

        This is, quite simply, false.

        Under Harper, development in Nunavut was booming. There were tons of public infrastructure projects. Every year there were new schools, new health centres, new airports, new Hamlet buildings, new power plants, etc. That work & funding dried up the instant Trudeau was elected.

        Harper did far more for Nunavut than Trudeau has ever done or will ever do.

        • Posted by John K on

          Did it dry up “the instant Trudeau was elected”? Or is it that that funding, because it now comes from the other guy, is just pandering to purchase votes in your eyes?

          Every dime spent is derided as bloat and waste until it’s YOUR guy buying YOUR vote.

          Canadian politics in a nutshell.

        • Posted by Amarok on

          I just remember all the funding and job cuts with the conservatives, spending more on their Canada Action Plan tv commercials then the actual program or infrastructure funding. Canada action plan re-announcements on old funding making it look like new funding.
          I don’t miss those days and this was before Covid and a strong international economy.
          We got a lot less for Nunavut and the north under the Conservatives.

    • Posted by Northerner on

      Row row row your boat. Gently down the stream. Merrily merrily merrily life is but a dream.

    • Posted by Johnny Oh Ima on

      Define many because if your so called part of the freedom fighter supporter than keep it out of Nunavut! Sick the whiny hissy fit privileged yt who think they lost freedom and can’t define what they lost.

  3. Posted by John WP Murphy on

    Nunatsiaq News. It would have been nice if you had posted a picture of them during the dogsled ride and recognized the young woman who carries on this tradition in Iqaluit. Leetia Eegeesiak.

  4. Posted by Bubba on

    no chips but got dogs like to dance but fall down and laff

  5. Posted by Correct on

    Proper pronunciation is ‘Illuvigaq’ , Igloo or properly spelled Illu means a house

    • Posted by Inuk on

      To be accurate it’s Iglu, igluvigaq (illuvigaq) in most parts of Nunavut outside of southern Baffin is an abandoned iglu, usually in spring time, directly translated used to be a iglu.
      Iglu is a snow house from time immemorial and igluvigaq is a used iglu that has been abandoned.

  6. Posted by John on

    the “g” is not pronounced in the modern Inuktut or Inuktitut both spoken and written.

    evolution of the language like the climate change it is irreversible.

  7. Posted by Tooma on

    Arctic should have brought in their arctic counter parts nwt or northern counterparts. Nunavut is not only one territory but whole northern arctic should have been apart of all leaders visits and welcome all northern leaders

  8. Posted by True Dough on

    Did he get in line at the B & W and order The Snack?

  9. Posted by Hunter on

    Just some facts since this Liberal government took power in 2015 Canadians are paying more!

    Mortgages payments are up
    Rent Payments are up,
    Gasoline, diesel heating fuel,, natural gas is up
    Interest rates are up
    National Debt is up
    Food prices are up,
    Electricity/hydro is up

    Everything is way up!

    • Posted by Weekend hunter on

      Most of these issues are outside of government, world economy plays a large role in the banks and interest rates, fuel prices, food prices and so on.
      Historically the PC has always ran a deficit even under a stable world economy with no wars.
      We have much more badly needed infrastructure funding from this current government, more housing funding, new funding for programs.
      It takes time to get back to speed after the decade long recession with the Conservative government but we are seeing all these new funding in place especially infrastructure funding across the country.

  10. Posted by Inuk on

    Iglu snow house, igluvigaq abandon snow house, iglurjuaq modern wooden house.

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