News releases

March 18, 2020
COVID-19 Daily Update GN-wide update As of today, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the territory. The public health communicable disease team is following approximately 50-60 persons under investigation. Approximately 10-15 previous people, previously under investigation have been cleared and no longer require isolation. Anyone who travelled into Nunavut on or since Sunday, March 15 need to self-isolate for 14 days and contact their health centre if they develop symptoms. The Government of Nunavut has begun the transition to work-from-home for non-essential public servants. Nunavut... read more.
March 18, 2020
News Release IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 18, 2020) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced that the Government of Nunavut (GN) will begin transition to have non-essential public servants work from home, in light of the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation. These measures will fully come into effect by end of day, Friday, March 20. “The health and well-being of our employees is critical. In keeping with our advice to practice social distancing, we are shifting our public service to work from home,” said Premier Savikataaq. “This is an evolving situation, so we want to have staff prepared to work... read more.
March 17, 2020
GN-wide update Still no confirmed cases in Nunavut. Please call before going to your health centre, if it is a non-emergency. You will be assessed by phone. For Iqaluit, for non-emergency situations, it’s the same thing- please call before going to the Qikiqtani General Hospital. Government of Nunavut services continue but may be slower than usual because of reduced staff. We are actively working to put together a fiscal package to make sure Nunavummiut don’t have to suffer financially by this situation. Social distancing and handwashing will make a huge difference in slowing the spread of... read more.
March 05, 2020
News Release By-election date for Baker Lake announced IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 5, 2020) - A by-election for the constituency of Baker Lake will be held on April 27, 2020. The by-election is required after the resignation of the former Member for Baker Lake, Mr. Simeon Mikkungwak. “It’s important that the by-election is held quickly, to ensure the constituents of Baker Lake are represented in the spring sitting of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “We thank Mr. Mikkungwak for his dedication to his constituents and look forward to welcoming a new colleague to the... read more.
January 21, 2020
IQALUIT, Nunavut (January 21, 2020) – Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk signed the Katujjiqatigiinniq Protocol today, to help guide shared Inuit-Government goals to benefit Nunavut Inuit. Specifically, Katujjiqatigiinniq helps shape the work around: the broad principles, priorities and bilateral mechanisms that will contribute towards productive working relationships and outcomes; making practical commitments in relation to leadership, oversight, and administration that will focus enhanced working relationships and outcomes; and... read more.
September 09, 2019
IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 9, 2019) – Nunavut’s cabinet completed their mid-term retreat in Arviat last week, with renewed vision and objectives for the successful implementation of Turaaqtavut. “We are a united executive council, with clear goals and strong ideas for Nunavut. We are now close to halfway through our mandate, and we remain committed to accountability and ensuring the Government of Nunavut achieves the goals of our mandate,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “After a productive two days, we have specific direction to move forward and accomplish our work to benefit all Nunavummiut... read more.
September 06, 2019
ARVIAT, Nunavut (September 6, 2019) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced changes to the Government of Nunavut (GN)’s senior management. Effective September 9, 2019:   Kathy Okpik, Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs becomes Deputy Minister of Education.   William MacKay, Deputy Minister of Justice becomes Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs.   Simon Awa becomes Acting Deputy Minister of Justice.   Gideonie Joamie becomes Acting Deputy Minister of Culture and Heritage. Effective October 21, 2019:  Theresa Hughes becomes Deputy Minister of... read more.
November 08, 2018
Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 8, 2018) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced that Minister Patterk Netser will assume the Nunavut Housing Corporation and Nunavut Arctic College portfolios, effective tomorrow.   “Earlier this week, we swore-in our newest member of the executive council. After seeing Mr. Netser’s abilities and interests, I am confident these assignments are a good fit for cabinet,” said Premier Savikataaq.   In addition, Minister Jeannie Ehaloak will retain the Qulliq Energy Corporation file, while Premier Savikataaq will take on responsibility as Minister of Environment.  “... read more.
August 20, 2018
Iqaluit, Nunavut – Premier Joe Savikataaq announced changes to executive council today. “After two months as Premier, I have a clear sense of the strengths and abilities of all members of cabinet. I have had time to evaluate relationships and fit, and feel it is important to make changes as we embark on a very busy fall season,” said Premier Savikataaq. Effective immediately: The Honourable George Hickes becomes Minister of Health and Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention, in addition to Minister of Finance. The Honourable Pat Angnakak becomes Minister responsible for the Nunavut... read more.
June 22, 2018
Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: "I was pleased to meet with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President, Ms. Aluki Kotierk today to discuss the priorities and opportunities between our two organizations. Our meeting provided the opportunity to re-confirm the Government of Nunavut (GN)’s commitment to our Turaaqtavut mandate, and to discuss our areas of shared interest and responsibility, including post-secondary education and training, infrastructure and increasing Inuit employment. The GN and NTI have a long history of working together in the best interests of Inuit... read more.
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