This constituency takes in the first wave of Iqaluit suburbs, including the “Lego Land” apartment complexes built to accommodate the rush of government workers pre-1999 and the Arctic mansions that sprawl across Tundra Valley.
This constituency also includes Apex (“niaqunnguu” in Inuktitut), a tiny satellite community with a fierce sense of independence. Little has changed in Apex in the last decade, but the continued growth of the capital has recently forced the city to develop several new lots here, in spite of the high cost of trucking water and sewage.
There are few commercial ventures in the district but the Arctic Winter Games Arena and three schools are found here.
Iqaluit – Niaqunnguu loosely replaces Iqaluit East (losing Happy Valley but gaining Coronation Street).
With no incumbent and several strong contenders, this will be a race to watch.
Jack Anawak was Nunavut’s MP from 1988 - 1997 and is well-known to most Nunavummiut. He’s making a comeback after being shut out from the 2008 election for not having lived in Nunavut for the previous 12 months.
Methusalah Kunuk is originally from Igloolik but is an experienced government bureaucrat and an ordained Anglican minister. Apex resident Anne Crawford is a long-time Iqaluit lawyer who’s been involved in many aspects of the territory.
Duncan Cunningham, Pat Angnakak and Sytukie Joamie could also take this race in an unexpected direction.