Celebrated Nunavut musician and singer Charlie Panigoniak died on Wednesday.
Premier Joe Savikataaq released a statement to recognize the Chesterfield-Inlet born entertainer, who had become a longtime resident of Rankin Inlet.
“It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of
Charlie Panigoniak on his passing earlier today,” Savikataaq stated. “Charlie’s legacy across Nunavut is one of great joy, good humour and inspiring others. His music is more than well-known in Nunavut, it is beloved and treasured in our communities. From his time at the CBC to receiving the Order of Nunavut, his was always a strong voice for Inuit language and the North.”
“I have and will always remain a fan of his songs, his spirit and his many
talents,” the premier added. “Though we mourn his passing, we hold onto his music to inspire and move us for years to come.”
Panigoniak, who often sang in Inuktitut, had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease many years ago.