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Kivalliq Inuit Association president hopes new cabinet will advance fibre-link project

Project can kill “two birds with one stone” on energy and climate change fronts
Kivalliq Inuit Association President Kono Tattuinee stands with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Aluki Kotierk at the KIA annual general meeting in October. Photo courtesy of KIA

The Kivalliq Inuit Association is hoping to advance the hydro-fibre link with the newly elected Government of Nunavut.

“One of our most important priorities is the Kivalliq hydro-fibre link,” said President Kono Tattuinee.

“We look forward to advancing our work on this project and other priorities with the newly elected government.”

He congratulated Premier P.J. Akeeagok on his position and all of the newly elected members of cabinet, saying KIA is looking to work with the government to advance Nunavummiut interests.

He also thanked previous premier Joe Savikataaq for his support of KIA’s initiatives during the last term.

On a phone call with the new premier, Tattuinee reiterated the desire for support from the government to make the Kivalliq hydro-fibre link a reality.

“The Kivalliq hydro-fibre link is such an important project for our region,” he said. “One thing it does is it fights climate change, and it brings in fibre. So, there’s two birds with one stone. That’s something we want to fight hard for in this region. It’s long overdue.”

The project aims to connect Manitoba with the Kivalliq region through an energy infrastructure corridor that will bring high-speed internet to the Kivalliq while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly attributed comments from Arviat-Whale Cove MLA John Main to the hydro-fibre link project. Kivalliq News regrets this error.