The Ilitaqsiniq (Nunavut Literacy Council) food preservation program is being met with rave reviews by those who took the two-week program earlier this month.

Kandace Graham, left, and her mom Sally Kusugak take the Nunavut Literacy Council’s food preservation program together in Rankin Inlet earlier this month.
Photo courtesy of Kandace Graham

Course participants in Rankin Inlet learned how to make pickled beets, mustard pickles, apple pie filling, pickled maktaaq, cranberry sauce and red-pepper jelly.

Each course participant also received a book with 400 different preserving recipes.

Plebiscite time

Residents in Arviat will be heading to the polls to cast their vote in the Arviat liquor plebiscite 2020 this coming month in the community.

An advance poll will be held in the hamlet council chambers on Nov. 2 from 12 to 7 p.m., with regular voting being held at the community hall on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

To be eligible to cast a ballot, voters must be a Canadian citizen, 19 years of age or older on Nov. 9 and a resident of Arviat for at least one year as of Nov. 9.

The question will read: Are you in favour of replacing the current liquor prohibition system in the Hamlet of Arviat and surrounding area with a restricted-quantities system? (In addition to the general liquor laws of Nunavut, the restricted-quantities system would limit the amount of liquor a person can purchase-in, or import into, the community every seven days to one 24-case of 355ml of beer, or eight litres of wine – two boxes of four litres or eight bottles of 10 bottles of 750ml).

Voting Yes means you want the law to change, while voting No means you want the law to remain the same.

The Yes side requires 60 per cent of the vote for the law to change, while 40 per cent or more of the vote for the No side would mean the current prohibition system that prohibits the purchase, sale, transport and possession of liquor in the Hamlet of Arviat and the surrounding area will continue.

In Arviat’s 2014 plebiscite, the No side carried the day with 509 votes (68 per cent) to the Yes side’s 236 votes (32 per cent).

Board members elected
Baker Lake

The Abluqta Society of Baker Lake elected new board members during its annual general meeting in Baker earlier this month.

The elected board members are listed below.

Chair: Silas Arngna’naaq

Vice Chair: Lianna Pattunguyak

Treasurers: Lionel Quinangnaq and Valerie Wells-Dorey

Secretary: Erin Strachan

Member at Large: Viola Haqpi

Funding Representative: Trisha Makpah

Darrell Greer

Darrell Greer is Editor of Kivalliq News

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