News releases

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 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 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.
March 30, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut. The total number of people under investigation to date is 259. 180 people are currently under investigation; 79 people are no longer under investigation. This is a reminder that any person under investigation is in mandatory self-isolation. If any one of these people is found to be breaking their mandatory self-isolation and putting community members in danger of transmission of COVID-19, they could face serious consequences: a fine of up to $50,000 or up to six months in jail. Just stay home. Keep your... read more.
March 27, 2020
As of today, there are still no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the territory. The total number of people under investigation to date is 207. 150 people are currently under investigation; 57 people are no longer under investigation. Through the Department of Economic Development and Transportation, we are pleased to announce a one-time grant of $5,000 for eligible small businesses through the Small Business Support Program. Nunavut Arctic College is extending their program suspension to May 4. The College hopes to resume courses for the Spring semester and will likely be delivered... read more.
March 26, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no known confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the territory. There are some terms being used that we probably hadn’t heard up until a few weeks ago. Seeing as there are no major updates for today, I want to take the time to help explain them: Self-monitoring means paying attention to your own health and calling your local health centre if you notice any changes or symptoms like coughing, fever, or difficulty breathing. Self-isolation means staying at home, and away from others in your home for 14 days. A reminder that everyone who has travelled into... read more.
March 25, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no known confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in the territory. The total number of people under investigation to date is 166. 116 people are currently under investigation, while 50 people are no longer under investigation. Travel restrictions to Nunavut are now in effect. If Nunavut residents and critical employees have not already made arrangements, they should contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca for direction about isolation and travel. Students studying outside of Nunavut and want to travel home should contact fans@gov.nu.ca if they haven’t made... read more.
March 24, 2020
Premier’s update: There are still no known confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the territory. Starting at 11:59 p.m. tonight strict travel restrictions to Nunavut will be in place. Nunavut residents who want to return to Nunavut must enter a mandatory 14-day isolation period at one of four locations in southern Canada. Please contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca for direction. Critical employees who need to return to work in Nunavut must apply for an exemption approved by the Chief Public Health Officer. For information on the process, please contact CPHOTravelRequests@gov.nu.ca for... read more.
March 24, 2020
Premier Savikataaq announces appointment to senior management IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 24, 2020) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced the appointment of Stephen Mansell as Deputy Minister of Justice, effective April 27, 2020. “Mr. Mansell has an impressive professional background in Nunavut and brings strong perspective and vital experience to the department,” said Premier Savikataaq. “I am confident his experience and skills will help guide the strengths of the staff working to provide the critical programs and services of justice in our territory.” Mr. Mansell grew up in Nunavut and has... read more.
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