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Thursday, June 8, 2023

The president of the Kivalliq hopes the new cabinet will move the fiber-link project forward

president of the Kivalliq

Key Takeaways:

  • The Kivalliq Inuit Association hopes to advance the hydro-fiber link with Nunavut’s newly elected government.
  • “The Kivalliq hydro-fiber link is one of our top priorities,” said President Kono Tattuinee.

“With the newly elected government, we look forward to advancing our work on this project and other priorities.”

He congratulated Premier P.J. Akeeagok and all newly elected cabinet members, saying KIA is eager to collaborate with the government to advance Nunavummiut interests.

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He also thanked the previous premier, Joe Savikataaq, for his KIA initiatives during his tenure. Tattuinee reiterated her desire for government support to make the Kivalliq hydro-fiber link a reality during a phone call with the new premier.

“The Kivalliq hydro-fiber link is a critical project for our region,” he said. “One of its functions is to combat climate change and to bring in fiber.” So we’ve killed two birds with one stone. That is something we intend to fight for vigorously in this region. It’s long past time.”

president of the Kivalliq; Image from Nunavut news

The project aims to connect Manitoba and the Kivalliq region via an energy infrastructure passage that will get high-speed internet to the Kivalliq while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

This includes everything from classroom activities to field trips to staff meetings. In addition, according to De Gannes, any meal served in the school must consist of local food to preserve the Inuit culture and help educational staff from the south assimilate into the Northern culture.

Students are educated in “both worlds” in the classroom, referring to the academic side and the cultural and traditional side. Elders play an essential role in the school, teaching students how to skin, dress, and clean animals caught in the community, teaching the language, and engaging students in Inuit games.

Almost every subject is taught in both languages to students. However, if a teacher cannot communicate in Inuktitut, the school will bring in someone who can repeat the teacher’s instructions.

Source: Nunavutnew

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