Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Charlie Panigoniak on his passing earlier today.
Charlie’s legacy across Nunavut is one of great joy, good humour and inspiring others. His music is more than well-known in Nunavut, it is beloved and treasured in our communities. From his time at the CBC to receiving the Order of Nunavut, his was always a strong voice for Inuit language and the North.
I am thankful to have known Charlie for many years, and especially to have seen him just last week. I have and will always remain a fan of his songs, his spirit and his many talents. Though we mourn his passing, we hold onto his music to inspire and move us for years to come.”
Office of Premier Savikataaq