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Nunavummiut's wishes for 2020; residents share their hopes for the year ahead

With a new year and a new decade upon us, Nunavummiut have aspirations for a better future.

Some desire kinder and gentler interactions.

Fireworks ring in the new year in Iqaluit.
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"I’d like less bullying and hating others. It’s better when people get along and not being nasty to each other," said Sanikiluaq's Sarah Meeko.

Martha Porter, who comes from Gjoa Haven, has similar thoughts. She said youth who are struggling should be calling a hotline.

“Someone to talk to – too much suicide happening. Less Facebook, less electronics for bullying. (We need) happy elders and young people. Nunavutmiut need great leaders,” she wrote.

Violet Innukshuk of Rankin Inlet also wishes for more supportive attitudes.

"For the community to have peace within each other and to help each other no matter what lifestyle we all live in,” she stated. “Also for each community to receive help when there is a search going on. I'd like everyone to to start helping each other out more often."

In Arviat, Joy Suluk also has wellness on her mind. She's wishing for more support for mental health issues in all communities.

“That would probably cut crime in our communities in half,” she predicted.

When struggles become difficult to bear, Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak encourages everyone to reach out for assistance.

"My wish for 2020 is that people who need help really seek help for themselves or their family," said Akoak.

Former MLA Manitok Thompson, who hails from Coral Harbour, had some succinct advice relating to social media.

“I wish people would be more careful of what they put on Facebook,” Thompson stated.

Author Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, who has lived in Pond Inlet, Gjoa Haven, and Iglulik, would like to see Nunavut's health care system grow and thrive.

“And that it reflects especial compassion toward mental health needs. Inuit are all about family, so my hope is for the success of a culturally healthy and family oriented spirit,” Qitsualik-Tinsley stated.

Arviat's Ruth Kaviok, former president of the National Inuit Youth Council, said she's keen to witness some “positive impacts” in 2020, for herself, her community and for the territory.

“2020 is the year for all of us and I’m looking forward to it. Happy new years!” she wrote.

Senator Dennis Patterson, who has been representing Nunavut in Ottawa since 2009, has a yearning that's been shared by many politicians over the years.

"I wish for investments in crucial infrastructure in Nunavut which will help move our territory forward," Patterson stated.

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