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Nunavut Legislature recap: Franklin relics and new SAR policy

The Minister of Community and Government Services gave a hint yesterday of what's in a new search and rescue policy currently being drafted.

New policy would provide compensation for broken down snowmobile parts

A boot was among the artifacts found during last summer's search of the wreck of HMS Erebus. (Parks Canada)

The Minister of Community and Government Services gave a hint yesterday of what's in a new search and rescue policy currently being drafted. 

Minister Joe Savikataaq told Nunavut's Legislative Assembly the department is working on a new policy that would include replacing certain parts of volunteers' snowmobiles if they break down during a rescue operation.

"Someone uses their own equipment for a public search, an authorized search, there should be some compensation if their snowmobile should break do to normal wear and tear," he said.

Savikataaq says the new policy will also include a pre-inspection of vehicles before they are used in a search operation.

Franklin relics

The MLA for Gjoa Haven wants relics from the HMS Erebus on display in the hamlet.

"It is very important that artifacts from the Franklin expedition be put on permanent display in the community of Gjoa Haven as my community is a part of this history," said Tony Akoak.

He'll have to contend with Parks Canada and the British government who have the right to cherry-pick any artifacts that are of "outstanding significance" to the Royal Navy.

Kimmirut airstrip

The Government of Nunavut is looking into where it could potentially move the airstrip in Kimmirut. Premier Peter Taptuna says plans are underway to see where the landing strip could be relocated. 

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