Qamaniq to represent Tununiq at legislative assembly

Mittimatalik/Pond Inlet 

David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq of Pond Inlet won the byelection for Tununiq bylelection on Sept. 16, defeating his opponent Charlie Inuarak by 11 votes..
photo courtesy Elections Nunavut

David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq joins Nunavut’s 21 existing MLAs at the territorial legislative assembly after a byelection held in Pond Inlet Sept. 16.

With 182 votes, Qamaniq won by a margin of 11 over Charlie Inuarak’s 171.

Both Qamaniq and Inuarak are former mayors of Pond Inlet, the sole community in the Tununiq district.

The byelection was called after the death of Tununiq MLA and Speaker of the legislative assembly Joe Enook in March.

This was Qamaniq’s fifth run.

There were 754 registered voters in the community of roughly 1,600.

According to Elections Nunavut, voter turnout was 47.75 per cent.


More than 300 students run for Terry Fox at Aqsarniit 


Three hundred and twenty one students at Iqaluit’s Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik ran for Terry Fox Sept. 13.

Physical education teacher Rob Strutz coordinated the event for the Grade 6 to 8 students.

The top runners in Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik’s Terry Fox run, with the run’s coordinator. From left: Grade 6 students Ethan Ipeelie-Qiatsuk and Nalajoss Ellsworth, Grade 7 student Anita Nauyuk, Grade 8 student Susan Kwan and physical education teacher Rob Strutz.
photo courtesy Dept. of Education

“Prior to the event the students received classroom presentations and films about Terry Fox and his Journey of Hope campaign,” stated school principal Brian Manning and acting manager of communications for the Department of Education Troy Rhoades in a joint email.

“During the week the students held a coin drive that has so far collected $1,600.”

The event began with a gathering in the school gym.

“The students began the run at the Arctic Winter Games Arena, adjacent to Aqsarniit Ilinniarvik, and ran a 5-km route that ended at Inuksuk School. Despite the inclement weather the students thoroughly enjoyed themselves. There was great participation from students and staff. As well, we partnered with Inuksuk School and followed up the run with hot dogs and drinks that were prepared by the staff,” stated Manning and Rhoades.

Anchaleena Mandal receives QEC’s 2019 Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship


The Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) announced medical-school student Anchaleena Mandal is this year’s recipient of its Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship.

The Qulliq Energy Corporation announced medical-school student Anchaleena Mandal of Iqaluit is this year’s recipient of its $5,000 Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship.
photo courtesy Stephanie Sebastian

“Ms. Mandal is a mental health advocate, a devoted community member, and an accomplished musician. It is wonderful to present her with the Laura Ulluriaq Gauthier Scholarship,” stated minister responsible for QEC Jeannie Ehaloak.
“Her passion for learning, along with her willingness to share her academic and cultural knowledge with others, is inspiring.”

Mandal, of Iqaluit, is a Doctor of Medicine student in the Queen’s University accelerated route to medical school program. She continues to develop competencies in Inuktitut to better connect with future patients, according to the news release.

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The award pays tribute to Gauthier’s contribution to the establishment of an independent energy corporation for Nunavut before her sudden passing in 2000, according to the news release. Launched in 2001, the $5000 scholarship is presented annually to a promising student pursuing post-secondary education.

“QEC applauds Ms. Mandal’s achievements and wishes her continued success as she enters her third year at Queen’s University,” stated QEC president Bruno Pereira.

“Her dedication to higher education is commendable. She is setting herself up to accomplish great things.”

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