News releases

April 17, 2020
Deputy 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 430. 231 people are currently under investigation and 199 people are no longer under investigation. I won’t take up too much time as Minister Joanasie will make an important announcement in just a few moments. However, I do want to remind all Nunavummiut just how important is to ensure you take all our measures to limit and slow the spread of COVID-19 seriously, especially as the weekend is here. If you do not live with someone, you... read more.
April 16, 2020
News Release Minister of Health extends Public Health Emergency IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 16, 2020) – Nunavut’s Minister of Health George Hickes has extended the territory’s public health emergency until April 30, 2020. “Nunavut’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have proven effective so far,” said Minister Hickes. “Now is not the time to relax measures or loosen our guidelines. We need to remain committed in order to protect our communities.” All existing measures under the public health emergency order remain in effect. For more information on COVID-19 in Nunavut, go to: www.gov.nu.ca... read more.
April 16, 2020
News Release By-election set for Kugluktuk IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 16, 2020) – The by-election for the constituency of Kugluktuk has been scheduled for August 24, 2020, after the resignation of former Member of the Legislative Assembly Mila Adjukak Kamingoak. This coincides with the by-election previously announced for Baker Lake. “COVID-19 has changed so much, so quickly. We must all adhere to the advice of our Chief Public Health Officer and allow our communities to prepare for an election in this new reality,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “I thank Ms. Kamingoak for her time in the fifth... read more.
April 15, 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 404. 214 people are currently under investigation and 190 people are no longer under investigation. I’m pleased to announce that our government is continuing to fund parental fees for all Nunavut licensed child care facilities from April 7 to 21, to offset any losses due to closures during this period. After that time, we encourage those facilities to work within the established federal programs to receive funding for businesses and wage... read more.
April 14, 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 399. 218 people are currently under investigation and 181 people are no longer under investigation. Earlier today, the federal government announced $35.8 million in funding to Nunavut for our health system, our airlines, additional support for Nutrition North and support for small businesses. While we welcome these funds and the relief it brings, Nunavut needs more, and we need it now. Nunavut is chronically underfunded, and we cannot be... read more.
April 09, 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 376. 229 people are currently under investigation and 147 people are no longer under investigation. As we head into the long weekend, I want to take some time to acknowledge our communities and some of the successes and resourcefulness I’ve seen during all this uncertainty and change. Some hamlets have given out bingo cards, cleaning supplies, and soap or hand sanitizer to every household to encourage staying home and staying safe. One... read more.
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
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 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 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.
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