The Honourable Peter Taptuna was acclaimed in the general election held on October 28, 2013, to represent the constituency of Kugluktuk in the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Mr. Taptuna was elected Nunavut’s third Premier during the November 15, 2013 proceedings of the Nunavut Leadership Forum. Premier Taptuna was formally sworn into office on November 19, 2013.
Premier Taptuna previously sat in the 3rd Legislative Assembly, during which he served as Deputy Premier, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Minister of Energy, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Development Corporation, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation and Minister responsible for Mines.
Born in Cambridge Bay, Premier Taptuna has spent most of his life in Kugluktuk. He attended residential school in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Premier Taptuna worked in the oil and gas industry for 13 years, during which he was a member of the first and only all-Inuit drilling crew on an offshore rig in the Beaufort Sea. Premier Taptuna has also held positions at the Lupin Gold Mine and the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization.
Premier Taptuna holds a diploma in management studies from Nunavut Arctic College, where he took courses in managerial accounting, corporate and contract law, business administration and human resources management. Premier Taptuna has also earned journeyman and red seal trades certifications.
Premier Taptuna served as a member of the Municipal Council of Kugluktuk and Deputy Mayor from 1999 to 2004. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Kitikmeot Corporation and the Nunavut Development Corporation.
Peter and Joanne Taptuna have five children and nine grandchildren. Mr. Taptuna’s personal interests include hunting and other on-the-land activities.