After Oct. 30 election, Inuit org will lobby for Nunavut-Manitoba link – by Jane George (Nunatsiaq News – October 25, 2017)

CAMBRIDGE BAY—A road to bring cheap, clean power and internet northwards—and, at the same time boost the economy in central Nunavut: that’s what the Kivalliq Inuit Association wants for the future.

On those goals, the KivIA sounds a lot like the Kitikmeot Inuit Association on its western Nunavut Grays Bay port and road project, which has received $2 million from the Government of Nunavut to pay for the permitting process for the project.

After the territorial election Oct. 30, and a new premier and cabinet are chosen, the KivIA plans to head to Iqaluit “to move our priorities forward.” “What’s holding us up right now is the elections,” said KivIA President David Ningeongan, after he delivered his organization’s report to the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay.

In his report to the AGM, which got underway Oct. 24, Ningeongan outlined the Kivalliq region’s priorities, which he suggested had been largely sidelined by the GN.

These include a power line running north from Manitoba—for which the KIA has now commissioned an updated feasibility study. Along with the power line would come high-speed internet via fibre-optic cable and, in a second-phase, an all-season road, which would open the region to southern Canada.

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