Nunavut Association of Municipalities struggles to survive
The Nunavut Association of Municipalities is struggling to regain its footing due to a lack of staff and some financial reporting issues, prompting the territorial government to help the once-vibrant organization.
The association, which represents community officials across Nunavut, is down to one employee, so had to postpone its annual general meeting, usually held in the spring, to the end of August.
The group has also missed important financial reporting deadlines.
"I hope that they get really active again. It's really important," said Iqaluit Mayor Elisapee Sheutiapik, the association's past-president.
Sheutiapik said NAM has been struggling since it lost some key people.
The association's acting president, Arctic Bay Mayor Andrew Taqtu, told CBC News the current board is trying to steer it in the right direction.
The territorial government's Department of Community and Government Services is working with NAM, particularly on its finances.
For example, the association has not reported back on its operational funding grant, which it receives annually from the Nunavut government, said Shawn Maley, the department's acting deputy minister.
"We've been dealing a lot with their board, who have made great strides in terms of trying to bring the organization back to where it needs to be," Maley said.
"We are working with them, helping them clean up some of their bookwork and get some of their accounts back in order, and if they require help in staffing some of the vacancies there."
Maley said NAM faces the same staff hiring and retention challenges as other organizations in Canada's North.
At the same time, he added, the association has made important contributions to decisions about Nunavut communities and capital projects.