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Saturday, November 27, 2021

The mayor of Kugluktuk thinks Nunavut needs more alcohol education

mayor of Kugluktuk

The alcohol education committee in Kugluktuk describes its experience as “very negative.” Because of the consequences, alcohol education committees in Nunavut villages cannot teach locals about alcohol drinking, according to the mayor of Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

Mayor Simon Kuliktana told the Nunavut Association of Municipalities that this is why Kugluktuk’s alcohol education committee, which was established in 2007, was unable to carry out its duties (NAM).

After speaking with the territory’s mayors and senior administrators, two staffers from Nunavut’s Liquor and Cannabis Commission (NULC), the public organization that sells and distributes alcoholic beverages and cannabis products, Kuliktana made these remarks.

Kuliktana now wants a liquor vote, resulting in the reinstatement of liquor regulations and the formation of an alcohol education committee in Kugluktuk.

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The referendum, scheduled for 2022, will be Kugluktuk’s fourth vote on the flow of alcohol since Nunavut was established in 1999. After Nunavut’s new finance minister takes office, the decision on holding the referendum will be made. However, that minister will not be nominated until the leadership forum on Nov. 17 elects the territory’s next premier and government.

The NULC’s Jo-anne Falkiner agreed with Kuliktana that the alcohol education committees are toothless. However, alcohol education committees are the bodies in limited communities that govern who may drink, possess, purchase, or traffic alcohol, who can order alcohol, and the amount of alcohol a resident may bring, according to the Liquor Act acquired from the Northwest Territories. A new liquor statute could change that.

In 2010, the territory’s then-finance minister, Keith Peterson, established a task team to advise Nunavut on draught a new Nunavut Liquor Act.

In their 2012 report, Halting the Damage, they advocated for a new liquor law that focuses on harm reduction and more vital alcohol education committees in all communities, whether they are restricted or not. After that, the act was amended but not rewritten.

After more than a year of rising vandalism and violence, Kugluktuk’s alcohol education committee was elected for the first time in 2007. Kugluktuk voted in a referendum in 2014 to preserve its alcohol education committee.

Source: CBC News

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