Whale Cove mayor says his community plans to pull out of Nunavut Association of Municipalities
“It came out of the blue, I had no idea,” says association president Kenny Bell
The mayor of Whale Cove says he wants to pull his hamlet out of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities.
Percy Kabloona has also resigned from his position as second vice-president of the association, which represents communities across the territory, at the organization’s annual general meeting Dec. 9.
If Whale Cove leaves, the hamlet won’t have any representation at the association’s meetings or be able to bring issues to the table to be lobbied for by the group.
Membership also gives municipalities access to senior government officials and to businesses that want to work in Nunavut’s communities, according to association president Kenny Bell, who is also Iqaluit’s mayor.
“Unfortunately, if they leave, they won’t have any part of that,” he said.
“It would be unfortunate for them to leave and I sincerely hope they don’t.”
Bell said that Kabloona hasn’t offered any explanation for his actions, beyond saying that he doesn’t feel his community doesn’t get good value from its membership.
“It came out of the blue, I had no idea,” he said.
“It doesn’t make any sense to me … but we are going to reach out to him.”
Kabloona did not respond to interview requests.
A NAM bylaw says a municipality must give written notice to the executive director to withdraw. Executive director Tony Bird said he has not yet received written notice from Whale Cove.
Baker Lake mayor Richard Aksawnee will take Kabloona’s place as second vice-president of the association, after a vote at the AGM Dec. 9.
Bell said it was a good choice “because it’s part of the Kivalliq region as well, so it spreads our executive across the territory.”