Nunavut News

The Nunavut News Centre offers you quick access to the provincial news of the day.
  1. The Honourable Mark Holland, Canada’s Minister of Health and the Honourable Lesa Semmler, Minister of Health and Social Services, Northwest Territories, will make an important health care announcement.
  2. CanNor funding of $235,000 to the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre will help with food security in the community through the expansion of the facility
  3. Investments in northern infrastructure help build stronger, more inclusive communities and ensure northerners and their families have access to modern, reliable infrastructure that meets their unique needs. Communities across Nunavut will benefit from the construction of crucial infrastructure and the establishment of vital services thanks to a joint investment of more than $194 million from the federal and territorial governments.
  4. Joint funding with territorial and local partners through various programs including the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program (GICB); the Rural Transit Solutions Fund (RTSF); the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) will support eight significant projects across Nunavut.
  5. Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable P.J. Akeeagok, Premier of Nunavut; and the Honourable David Joanasie, Minister of Community and Government Services for the Government of Nunavut.
  6. Fisheries are at the heart of Inuit communities across Nunavut. In recent decades, it has grown into a cornerstone economic sector for the territory, providing jobs in communities both onshore and offshore. Since 2004, the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium (NFMTC) has facilitated training and skills development for Inuit to take advantage of these opportunities.
  7. Inuit employment in the Government of Canada is central to building prosperity for Inuit in Nunavut and is a vital part of Canada’s responsibilities under the Nunavut Agreement and commitments to reconciliation.
  8. The Governments of Canada and Nunavut today announced a three-year plan to improve and expand early learning and child care (ELCC) services in the territory. This is part of the Canada-Nunavut ELCC Agreement for 2021-2026.
  9. The protection and treatment of animals keeps communities safe and our pets and other animals healthy.
  10. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, and the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, announced that a contract has been awarded to Pilitak Enterprises Ltd., an Inuit company, to construct a new National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) aircraft hangar in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
  11. Northerners are full of innovative and strong ideas. Their plans are the ones that grow local economies and create jobs while strengthening their communities.
  12. Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, joined by the Honourable Margaret Nakashuk, Nunavut’s Minister responsible for the Status of Women, and the Honourable John Main, Nunavut’s Minister of Health, made a historic announcement of up to $17 million to help the victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
  13. Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced close to $2 million for four organizations in Nunavut.
  14. On September 29, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, along with the Honourable Margaret Nakashuk, Nunavut’s Minister responsible for the Status of Women, and the Honourable John Main, Nunavut’s Minister of Health, will make an announcement supporting the victims and survivors of gender-based violence in Nunavut.
  15. Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, announced an investment of $280,000 that will support strategic development, costs related to the annual Kivalliq Trade Show, and the expansion of the society’s entrepreneurship program over three years. Funding for this initiative is also being provided by the Government of Nunavut and the Kivalliq Inuit Association.
  16. Community spaces are an important place for people to come together, experience new things, and gather with their friends, families and neighbours. In Iqaluit, the city’s Franco-Centre has for decades operated a multi-use venue for francophones, Inuit and the general public to participate in a wide variety of cultural and local events that enrich life in the community.
  17. As this year’s wildfire season has shown us, Northern and Indigenous communities are already feeling the devastating effects of climate change, and it’s crucial that they have the tools they need to lead on adapting to the changing environment.
  18. Today, Vice President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), Paul Irngaut; Minister of Indigenous Services, Patty Hajdu; Nunavut Minister of Health, John Main; and Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Lori Idlout, turned tundra on the future site of Aqqusariaq as part of a ground-breaking (“tundra turning”) ceremony. Aqqusariaq is an $83.7 million treatment and recovery centre, with $42.1 million in funding from the Government of Canada and $41.6 million from the Government of Nunavut. In addition, NTI provided $5 million towards the overall costs of the project and $11.8 million through the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation to train Inuit counsellors. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) will also provide $9.7 million per year in annual funding towards the costs of operating the centre.
  19. Please be advised that Mr. Paul Irngaut, Vice President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, as well as the Honourable John Main, Minister of Health of Nunavut, and the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services, will make an announcement regarding the construction of Aqqusariaq in Iqaluit.
  20. The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, along with Prince Edward Island’s Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning and Minister for the Status of Women, Natalie Jameson, will deliver remarks as co-chairs following the Meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers Most Responsible for Early Learning and Child Care, in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
  21. The Government of Canada, through CanNor, is investing almost $400,000 for community projects in Pond Inlet, Nunavut
  22. Today the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, was in Iqaluit, where he met with the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce to highlight Budget 2023: A Made-in-Canada Plan: Strong Middle Class, Affordable Economy, Healthy Future and investments in clean energy.
  23. Minister Vandal to hold a media availability at the Iqaluit Aquatic Centre on the 2023 federal Budget investments in a strong middle class, an affordable economy and a healthy future.
  24. Across the country, Indigenous-led clean energy projects are growing local economies and creating good jobs, all while fighting climate change.
  25. Rising food prices and operating costs are a reality across Canada and are significantly impacting northern and isolated communities' purchasing power.
  26. Indigenous Peoples are stewards of their lands and waters and sustainable hunting and harvesting is a key part of life in Nunavut communities.
  27. Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, February 24, 2023—Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable David Joanasie, Minister for Community and Government Services for the Government of Nunavut, announced joint funding of $1.9 million for the design phase of two new water treatment plants in Rankin Inlet and Grise Fiord.
  28. The Government of Canada continues to support regional and local initiatives that address food insecurity in the North and Arctic, as well as making strategic investments to help strengthen Northern food systems and improve the ability of Northerners to grow, harvest and buy food.
  29. Hamlet of Pond Inlet, Nunavut, February 15, 2023 — Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and David Stockley, Chief Administrative Officer, Hamlet of Pond Inlet, announced more than $2 million in federal funding towards a new men’s shelter and a wellness centre for the community.
  30. Targeted investments protecting the environment can preserve the land for future generations while encouraging economic growth. Nunavut's Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay are an important ecological part of Canada, and home to a variety of unique wildlife like the Eider Duck.
  31. For too long, families have faced high child care fees, long wait lists and too few high-quality child care options. That is why the Government of Canada signed agreements with each province and territory to implement a Canada-wide early learning and child care system, giving children the best possible start in life and making life more affordable for families across Canada.
  32. Iqaluit, Nunavut, January 12, 2023 — Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, announced an investment of $50,000 to support an active transportation planning project in Iqaluit.
  33. Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) and the Canadian Museum of Nature have signed a Letter of Agreement to continue collaborating on research and monitoring in the North and Arctic to further understand rapidly changing northern ecosystems.
  34. Today, as the world is gathered in Montreal at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and CanNor, announced additional funding of $870,340 over three years for the next phase of this important project.
  35. Polar Knowledge Canada was proud to present the 2022 Northern Science Award to Lucassie Arragutainaq, of Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting.
  36. Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, PrairiesCan and CanNor, announced that the Government of Canada is investing over $825,000 to support significant improvements to Kugluktuk’s beachfront park and the development of an outdoor wellness park in Sanikiluaq.
  37. For too long, families have faced high monthly child care fees, long waitlists and a lack of child care options. Now, more than ever, increased access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive child care is crucial to meet the needs of children and make life more affordable for families across Canada.
  38. The Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Karina Gould, along with Pamela Gross, Nunavut’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, will announce a historic milestone concerning affordable child care in Nunavut.
  39. Iqaluit, Nunavut, November 16, 2022—Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, and Gwen Healey Akearok, Executive and Scientific Director of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, announced more than $7.2 million in joint funding to support the construction of a new community wellness hub in Iqaluit.
  40. Iqaluit, Nunavut, November 15, 2022—Members of the media are invited to an infrastructure announcement with the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Gwen Healey Akearok, Executive and Scientific Director, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre.
  41. New initiative will adopt Inuit-led approach to natural resource development in Iqaluit.
  42. Nunavut has much to offer visitors: a pristine environment, vibrant communities, stunning scenery, and welcoming people that make the territory a unique and memorable place to visit.
  43. A transformative Inuit-led project is planning to deliver renewable energy and high-speed Internet to remote northern communities in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.
  44. Today, the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Craig Simailak, Nunavut Minister of Justice, issued the following statement.
  45. Please be advised that the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, CanNor, and PrairiesCan, is announcing funding support in the Fall Economic Statement under the Northern REACHE Program for the Iqaluit Nukkiksautiit (Hydro) Project.
  46. Today, the Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq / Kitikmeot Heritage Society, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities announced the launch of the Nunamiutuqaq - Building from the Land project which will build capacity, awareness, and ownership of clean energy in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and explore the challenges of developing and supporting long-term, sustainable infrastructure across the Canadian Arctic.
  47. The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for PrairiesCan and Minister for CanNor, will speak on the Fall Economic Statement and make an announcement regarding funding for Travel Nunavut to support local tourism operators and territorial travel marketing.
  48. Small businesses are crucial to the economic success of Nunavut. Sectors including mining, fisheries, construction, the arts, and tourism are key contributors to the local economy and providing jobs. Too often, local entrepreneurs face barriers in expanding or starting their own business.
  49. Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for PrairiesCan and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced the launch of CanNor’s Expression of Interest (EOI) for projects/initiatives in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut beginning April 1, 2023 or the 2023-2024 fiscal year.
  50. Oceans are vital to the livelihoods of communities across Canada. The Government of Canada has made tremendous strides in protecting our oceans by working in collaboration with Indigenous partners, provinces, territories, industry and other marine stakeholders. Since 2015, Canada has progressed from less than one percent to over 14 percent protection of its marine and coastal areas.