KIA looks to advance fibre link project with new cabinet


The Kivalliq Inuit Association board thanked outgoing Premier Joe Savikataaq for his work and is looking forward to collaborating with the territory’s new premier and cabinet.

“I have known premier-elect (P.J.) Akeeagok for some time as we have worked together to support Inuit interests for our regions,” said KIA President Kono Tattuinee in a news release.

“I offer my full congratulations on his becoming premier. I would like to congratulate all new members of cabinet and we look forward to working with all members to advance our priorities for Nunavummiut.”

One priority Tattuinee noted is advancing work on the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link project.

Help design a men’s program

Rankin Inlet

The Government of Nunavut and Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre are inviting community members to attend a show and workshop at the Singiituq complex next week.

The show at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, will feature Hyper T, Nelson Tagoona, Sam Tutanuak and more. The next evening at the same time and place, attendees will engage in a workshop to give suggestions for what a men’s program should look like in the community.

“This is a chance to say what you think is needed to prevent suicide,” reads the poster.

Everyone ages 17 and up is invited to attend the events.

$50k up for grabs for community projects

Rankin Inlet

People with ideas for how to enrich the Rankin Inlet community should pitch their proposals to the hamlet.

The Agnico Eagle Charity Ball Benefit Program, in concert with the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet, is offering $50,000 for community groups to make a dream into reality. The maximum available prize per applicant is $10,000.

Last year, only six proposals made their way to the hamlet office, and all of them received a piece of the prize. The winning proposals included support for minor hockey, the Rankin Inlet Radio Society, Christmas hampers and more.

Sidney Nichol, community economic development officer with the hamlet, sits on the committee that will be reviewing proposals. He hopes to see proposals that would benefit the youth.

“It’s all about the youth,” said Nichol.

The funding is in place of the annual ball Agnico Eagle would hold in the past that saw donations given to community organizations in person. Due to Covid-19, the in-person event has been on hiatus, replaced with prize funding for community organizations.

“I’m sure it’ll go back to what it originally was once everything’s opened up and restrictions have lifted,” said Nichol, “but for now, this is all we could do and it’s still a really good donation.”

No formal applications are needed – just a page or two explanation of the project idea. Interested community groups or nonprofits should send their proposal to Nichol at by 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

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