Rankin Inlet resident Hilarie Makpah made a believer out of everyone in her community when it comes to who may be Lady Luck’s favourite Elder.

Hilarie Makpah is all smiles after beating the odds and drawing the Ace of Spades the very first night of a new Chase the Ace fundraiser in Rankin Inlet on Friday, Nov. 6.
Photo courtesy Mark Wyatt

She drew the Ace of Spades on the very first night of a new Chase the Ace fundraiser in Rankin Inlet this past Friday, Nov. 6.

Makpah pocketed a cool $15,000 for her amazing feat of luck in beating the 52-1 odds by pulling the target ace.

The Chase the Ace fundraiser in Rankin Inlet is held to benefit both the local fire department and the hamlet’s recreation department.

Cabinet shuffle

Premier Joe Savikataaq announced changes to Nunavut’s executive council this past Friday, Nov. 6, after swearing in the newest member of cabinet, Minister Margaret Nakashuk, earlier in the week.

The changes made by the premier, which came into effect this past Monday, Nov. 9, are listed below.

David Akeeagok remains deputy premier and minister of Economic Development and Transportation, and becomes minister of Human Resources.

Lorne Kusugak becomes minister of Health and Minister responsible for Seniors.

George Hickes remains minister of Finance and becomes minister of Justice.

Jeannie Ehaloak becomes minister of Community and Government Services, and remains minister responsible for the Qulliq Energy Corp.

David Joanasie remains minister of Education and becomes minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College.

Margaret Nakashuk becomes minister of Culture and Heritage and minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation.

Elisapee Sheutiapik remains minister of Family Services and minister responsible for Status of Women, while Premier Savikataaq remains minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs and minister of Environment.

In making the announcement, Savikataaq said the last full year of the legislative assembly is the ideal time to refocus efforts and balance the urgent need to fight the spread of Covid-19 in Nunavut with its Turaaqtavut mandate goals.

These are major changes within the executive council, but I am confident in this renewed direction and we remain determined and dedicated to our priorities,” said Savikataaq. The Government of Nunavut continues working hard and our team is excited to come together, more committed than ever, to help Nunavummiut.”

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