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NEWS BRIEFS: Visitor Centre opens

Rankin Inlet

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq helped cut the ribbon to officially open the Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre in Rankin Inlet on June 16.

Savikataaq said the $3.8-million Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre will provide a vital link between outfitters, tourist establishments, guides and tourists.

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq addresses the gathering at the official opening of the Kivalliq Regional Visitor Centre in Rankin Inlet on June 16. photo courtesy Tom Sammurtok

He said the Government of Nunavut is committed to supporting the tourism industry and ensuring Nunavummiut benefit from this growing sector of the territory's economy.

Unnganarniq (fostering good spirits by being open, welcoming and inclusive) is one of the guiding principles of Turaaqtavut,” said Savikataaq.

The visitor centre will give those who reside in the Kivalliq an opportunity to showcase their art and culture and provide visitors with a welcoming experience.”

The centre will employ three staff members to formally welcome visitors and showcase taxidermic wildlife. They will also encourage visitors to tour other Kivalliq communities.

The centre will also advertise Kivalliq tourism outfitters and provide an avenue for regional businesses to promote their services.

In addition, the Nunavut Development Corp. will sell Nunavut artwork at the centre in partnership with Nunavut's Department of Economic Development and Transportation.


Turf in place for summer

Baker Lake

Folks were excited in Baker Lake to hear the community's artificial turf will be put in place in early July.

Agnico Eagle Mines chipped-in to assist with material and help with preparation of the turf's foundation this past week.


Judges appointed


Two judges were appointed to the Nunavut Court of Justice in Iqaluit earlier this month.

The announcement was made by federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould on June 22.

Queen's University Legal Aid senior review counsel Susan Charlesworth of Kingston, Ont, will replace Justice E.D. Johnson, who resigned effective Sept. 30, 2015.

Public Prosecution Service of Canada general counsel Christian Lyons will replace Justice R.G. Kilpatrick, who resigned effective Sept. 30, 2016.


Call for directors


The Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) is accepting applications from Inuit interested in serving on the corporation’s board of directors for a three-year term. Residents of Nunavut are strongly encouraged to apply.

The QEC is a territorial corporation of the Government of Nunavut, and is responsible for the generation and distribution of electricity in the territory.

Applicants are requested to email a cover letter and resume to Shelly McLeod at by July 13.


JP appointments

Arviat/Baker Lake

Arviat and Baker Lake each had a new community justice of the peace appointed to their community on June 21.

Brian Aglukark was appointed to the position in Arvait, while Charlie Tautuajuk was given the nod in Baker Lake.