News releases

April 08, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 369. 255 people are currently under investigation and 114 people are no longer under investigation. I do want to take a moment to follow-up on some misinformation and misunderstanding stemming from the announcement yesterday that teachers are expected to return to work on April 21. This is specific to STAFF ONLY, so that they can prepare and develop continuity of learning plans in the case the school closure is extended. I have received... read more.
April 07, 2020
Public Service Announcement Call for nominations: Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments The Government of Nunavut is looking for nominations to fill a maximum of two positions on the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments. While there will be no Senate vacancies until 2023, the federal government is pro-actively establishing advisory boards for all provinces and territories. The Advisory Board plays a key role in the independent and merit-based assessment of Senate candidates and is responsible for providing the Prime Minister with a list of five qualified candidates... read more.
April 07, 2020
There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. This weekend, many Nunavummiut who have been in isolation in the south will be coming back into the territory. I can confirm a few details about their travel back into the territory: Clients who have completed their isolation will be bussed from the isolation hotels to the airports and board flights. FANS students will be chartered into the territory and then onto their home communities. Every effort to limit outside contact at the airports will be made. Clients who have completed their 14-day isolation in one of the hotel... read more.
April 06, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 356. 247 people are currently under investigation and 109 people are no longer under investigation. This weekend, I took some time with my family to enjoy the spring weather and focus on our mental health. We went out on the land, we went fishing, we stepped away from town, and we gave ourselves the space to reset just a little. Now, more than ever, we need to be able to take a breath and let go of some of the weight we’re feeling during... read more.
April 03, 2020
News Release GN and NTI provide $2M for community food programs during COVID-19 IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 3, 2020) – Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk today announced over $2 million for community food programs for children and Elders as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be distributed directly to hamlets, to deliver community-based programming to fit their needs. Funds will be allocated by community-size: communities under 1000 people will receive $40,000, communities over 1000 people will receive $90,000, and... read more.
April 03, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 314. 216 people are currently under investigation and 98 people are no longer under investigation. I am very pleased to announce today that the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated are each donating $1 million to community-based food programs for children and Elders during COVID-19. These funds will provide nutritious meals for Nunavut’s most vulnerable, using communities’ existing expertise and networks during COVID-19-... read more.
April 02, 2020
Deputy premier’s update: Good afternoon. I am filling in for Premier Savikataaq today, as he is on a weekly COVID-19 call with Canada’s Premiers. As of today, there are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Nunavut’s Public Health Emergency has been extended until April 16, 2020. This will help our government stay on course in our efforts to stay prepared and vigilant. There are no significant updates today, so I’ll take the opportunity to remind everyone that we are all in this together – the uncertainty, the frustrations, the boredom, the feeling of helplessness. The... read more.
April 02, 2020
News Release  Minister of Health extends Public Health Emergency    IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 2, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until April 16, 2020.  “There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, and we want to maintain all our efforts to stay prepared and vigilant,” said Minister Hickes. “I am confident we are taking the right steps to protect Nunavummiut and this extension will allow us to continue on this path.”   All existing measures under the public health emergency order remain in effect.  “Thank you... read more.
April 01, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Today, the total number of people under investigation to date is 290. 205 people are currently under investigation and 85 people are no longer under investigation. It’s April 1 – Nunavut’s 21st birthday. Normally, we would be celebrating the birth of our territory a little differently, I think. This year may not be the norm, but it’s also an opportunity for us to reflect on what it means to be Nunavummiut. I’m focused on what I can do to help keep our territory, our communities and our neighbours safe... read more.
March 31, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. Upon recommendation from the Chief Public Health Officer, schools and daycare facility closures are extended until end of day April 20. At that point, Dr. Patterson will reassess and provide further direction. The Department of Education is launching a learn-at-home website today – www.angirrami.com – to provide free access to Inuktut educational materials for families and caregivers during these closures. People keep asking me about Nunavut being the last jurisdiction in the country with no confirmed... read more.
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