Nunavut election: Baker Lake candidate profiles
With no incumbent, this could be anybody's race.
If elected, Mikkungwak says he would work to help local search and rescue teams with their equipment and training. He also wants to help Nunavummiut get more access to firearms acquisition certificates. And he also wants to see more enhanced education programs, such as internships.
Mikkungwak is also concerned about what happens when the Meadowbank Mine shuts down. One idea he has is looking into a commercial muskox hunt.
But his chief concern would be trying to be open with his constituents, using both English and Inuktitut to help guide people to appropriate services.
She’s also been highly involved in the community, serving as a Justice of the Peace, hamlet councillor, District Education Authority board member, co-op board member and as a volunteer board member with the Mianiqsijit Counselling Project, the local day care, the Jessie OonarkCenter and the Agnico Eagle Community Liaison Committee.
Yip says she’s running because she’s “a hard worker and a good listener” and because this is a crucial time for Baker Lake with the coming closure of Meadowbank and the potential opening of the Kiggavik uranium mine.
“I feel that with my experience in a variety of areas (including self-employment, government and private business), I can contribute a balanced, realistic and relevant perspective to help Inuit … prepare for a healthier, positive future.”