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NEWS: Nunavut September 27, 2016 - 1:10 pm

Manitoba-Kivalliq road a popular topic at Kivalliq Trade Show

"If you build it they will come!”

THOMAS ROHNER
Sudhir Sandhu, CEO of the Manitoba Building Trades Association, speaks Sept. 26 at the start of the Kivalliq Trade Show in Rankin Inlet, while Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna and Chris D'Arcy, deputy minister of the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, listen and watch. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)
Sudhir Sandhu, CEO of the Manitoba Building Trades Association, speaks Sept. 26 at the start of the Kivalliq Trade Show in Rankin Inlet, while Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna and Chris D'Arcy, deputy minister of the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, listen and watch. (PHOTO BY THOMAS ROHNER)

RANKIN INLET—Sudhir Sandhu, one of the opening speakers at the 2016 Kivalliq Trade Show that got underway in Rankin Inlet Sept. 26, touched a nerve among the 100 or so people gathered at the Siniktarvik Hotel.

Sandhu, CEO of the Manitoba Building Trade Association, spoke in favour of the much-ballyhooed Manitoba-Kivalliq road and hydro connection stressing the importance of physical connections between Nunavut and southern Canada.

“If you build it they will come!” an excited audience member shouted out.

“Well, we’re coming either way, it would just make it easier,” Sandhu replied with a laugh.

The seventh annual Kivalliq Trade Show kicked off Sept. 26, bringing together over 200 representatives from industry, government and business from the Kivalliq, across Nunavut and Manitoba.

The trade show society president, Keith Collier, said business ties across the region will be strengthened during the three-day event.

But so too will business ties between the Kivalliq and Manitoba, with 22 groups from that province among the participants, Collier said.

The first full day of the trade show, Sept. 27, will see the popular art market, an entrepreneur workshop for youth and the opening of trade show floor, first to registered members, then to the entrepreneurial youth and finally to the public.

The evening entertainment on Sept. 27 includes a performance from award-winning singer Susan Aglukark.

The agenda for Sept. 28 focuses on speakers, presentations and art workshops.

Speakers include Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna, Inuit organization executives and Rob Campbell, director of Aboriginal services at a Winnipeg consulting firm.

A notable absence is Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo, who did not respond to an invitation to speak at the event, organizers said.

The Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association will host jewelry-making and qiviut-spinning workshops Sept. 28 with Inuit artists Keenan Lindell and Innuujaq Leslie Dean.

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