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NEWS: Nunavut September 25, 2012 - 11:01 am

Mayors in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region say they’ll bring their beefs to Iqaluit

After no-shows by Nunavut's politicians, Kitikmeot mayors plan Iqaluit meeting in 2013

JANE GEORGE
Mayors in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region want to see the Government of Nunavut build more staff housing so the Kitikmeot Health Centre in Cambridge Bay can be fully staffed. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
Mayors in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region want to see the Government of Nunavut build more staff housing so the Kitikmeot Health Centre in Cambridge Bay can be fully staffed. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

CAMBRIDGE BAY — When the mayors from the Kitikmeot region in western Nunavut met earlier this month in Cambridge Bay, they were grumpy: no one from the premier’s office or cabinet — except Lorne Kusugak, the minister of Community and Government Services — attended, despite invitations to the three-day event.

So next year, the mayors have decided not to let other Nunavut leaders off the hook. On Sept. 13, the final day of their meeting, the mayors resolved to meet in Iqaluit next fall — three days before the opening of the October legislative session.

Many of the mayors’ resolutions concerned issues that the Government of Nunavut deals with.

The mayors asked that:

• the GN hear their concerns over “inequalities” in how hamlets receive money for their operations and speed up the delivery of its contribution agreements;

• the GN provide capital funding so there are “adequate” hamlet office buildings, recreational centres and garages, as well as modern airport terminals in each Kitikmeot community;

• the GN build more staff housing in the region because “community services are suffering because of the lack of staff housing;”

• the GN specifically build more staff housing to fully staff the Kitikmeot Health Centre in Cambridge Bay and that the GN build a boarding home in Cambridge Bay for Kitikmeot patients who receive treatment at the centre; and,

• the GN’s health and social services and education departments set up a sex education program for teenagers, because “due to the high teenage pregnancy rates, young parents are unable to stabilize their lives and become productive members of communities.”

The mayors were also concerned with solid waste management in the Kitikmeot.

In Gjoa Haven, the landfill is overflowing and “creating a huge mess in and around the community.” They want the GN, and the Northern Transpotration Company Ltd., and hamlets to start a back haul program to bring waste to southern recycling centres — a project that NTCL is willing to support.

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