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NEWS: Nunavut March 24, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Nunavut’s family, culture departments get new deputy ministers

Deputy minister of new Family Services department quits

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Simon Awa, pictured here with Nunavut's language commissioner Sandra Inutiq, has left his position as deputy minister of culture and heritage for the Government of Nunavut, since being appointed deputy minister of Family Services. (FILE PHOTO)
Simon Awa, pictured here with Nunavut's language commissioner Sandra Inutiq, has left his position as deputy minister of culture and heritage for the Government of Nunavut, since being appointed deputy minister of Family Services. (FILE PHOTO)

The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Family Services has a new deputy minister, Premier Peter Taptuna announced March 24.

Simon Awa, the deputy minister of Culture and Heritage, has been appointed deputy minister of Family Services following the unexpected resignation of Aluki Rojas.

Rojas recently resigned after serving more than six years as deputy minister at three different departments and 10 years in senior management with the GN.

Rojas served as deputy minister of intergovernmental affairs until 2012, when she was selected to oversee the transition to the new family services department, which officially broke off from Health and Social services in 2013.

“Ms. Rojas has served in this government for a number of years and it is with reluctance that I accept her resignation for personal reasons,” Taptuna said in a March 24 release. “The department of Family Services is critical within this government, and I feel that Mr. Awa, who has a tremendous amount of experience, is well suited to take on his new role.”

Joe Adla Kunuk, associate deputy minister, Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs has since been appointed to take over as deputy minister of Culture and Heritage.

Kunuk also remains chief negotiator for the GN on the Nunavut Land Claims Implementation Contract.

“Mr. Kunuk’s vast experience working with the government of Canada and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is very appropriate and positions him well to lead the department of Culture and Heritage,” Taptuna said in the same release.

An open competition for different vacancies at the deputy and assistant deputy level within the GN is expected to begin at a later date, the release said.

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