Nunavut election: Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu candidate profiles
The constituency that takes in Apex, Tundra Ridge and Tundra Valley sees the biggest slate of election candidates. Read on for a brief profile of each.
Anawak says he’d like to get back to work on social issues, such as suicide prevention, poverty reduction and his top priority: mental health. “That’s the key to making Nunavut a better place to be,” he says. He’d also like to tackle some local issues, like fixing the road to Apex and beautifying the city as a whole.
Anawak also wants to repeal the amendment to the Integrity Act which prevents senior government staff from going directly to the Integrity Commissioner with concerns. “People should have trust in their MLAs and this implies that they have something to hide.”
If elected, Angnakak says she’ll focus on education, reducing poverty, providing affordable childcare and housing, increasing support for students at college and university, and addressing health and mental health issues.
She also says she’ll work to design programs to meet the needs of elders, because all of these issues are intertwined. “All of the issues mentioned are just as important as the next and when one area is not supported, it impacts the others.”
Crawford has a long history as a civil servant in the Nunavut government, serving in several senior positions including Secretary to Cabinet. She later served as CEO of Qulliq Energy Corporation. She also worked with the Akitsiraq Law School Society.
Crawford has been involved in the Apex District Education Authority since 1988. She taught at Nanook School in the 1990s and at Nunavut Arctic College for 10 years. She says her campaign will focus on education and community.
Most recently, he’s been working with his daughter, who is a vet, to start Iqaluit’s first animal clinic. Between 2005 and 2011, he was the editor of Hansard, the daily transcripts from the Legislative Assembly, through his wife’s company, Innirvik Support Services.
Cunningham also worked as the director of sustainable development for the Nunavut government and says that is the key to Nunavut’s future. “I really believe helping people find jobs is going to alleviate some social problems. It’s not a panacea, but I really think people need to make more money.”
Joamie spent most of his life in Apex and has been involved in the Amarok Hunters and Trappers Association, education councils and doing research on Inuit history. Outside of a short stint on Iqaluit town council, Joamie says he’s never run for office, and he says his low profile is one reason he’ll be a good voice for people in his constituency.
“I’m just an ordinary guy, just that guy who has no political ambition to hold a high profile job,” he says. “I’m just a guy off the street who wants to be involved in Nunavut. I’ve got no political axe to grind or ego to attain a certain office.”
If elected, Kunuk says his main concerns are tackling poverty and suicide. He also sees the need for more local infrastructure, such as a breakwater in Iqaluit and Apex. And he wants to look into what government can do to hire and train more Inuit so they can take higher positions in government.
Kunuk is also very involved in the Anglican church. He was a lay reader for many years before becoming an ordained minister in 2000.