John Main takes on incumbent George Kuksuk in Arviat North-Whale Cove.
Reason for running:
I want to continue to help and make Arviat and Whale Cove a better place to live in. I want to continue to ensure that these two communities are not being left out from any GN-funded programs and services. I want to be there to keep a close watch and to make sure that the GN will move forward with its planned spending on infrastructure for Arviat and Whale Cove, which include a new airport terminal for Whale Cove, a safer water source, a new school for Arviat, improved boat launch pad for our hunters, more public/staff housing for both communities, improved elder/homecare facilities, good education for our students in our schools and to promote Inuktuk services and programs at the highest level, and better transient services for the medical travellers. I also want to ensure that the mine operators work very closely with Arviat and Whale Cove to protect/monitor the wildlife in the affected areas.
Reason for running:
I’m running because I want to help make positive changes to our communities and to Nunavut as a whole.
I was raised here, and believe we can make things better for the future and our children.
On the issues – the biggest Arviat and Whale Cove face are health care, education, housing and a lack of jobs.
I have the skills, the experience, and the energy to find funding and creative solutions to help with these issues.
Here are a few of my ideas under each issue:
Health Care & Housing
Better services for mental health and addictions treatment
Push for expansion of services and housing for elders
Better access to family doctors
Invest in prevention programs like cancer screening and immunizations
Experiment with housing construction and maintenance to lower costs
Continue promoting Inuktitut with bilingualism as the end goal
Empower schools to improve school attendance rates
Support for special needs students and families
Traditional skills learned at local training centres
Jobs and Business
Build capacity in mine training and support
Customize the business support provided in our communities
Ensure jobs from construction projects go to local workers
Develop bear tourism and invest in Papiruq Fish Plant
If elected, I plan to work openly and as part of a team, and will include our local organizations and residents in my work.
As a strong speaker, I can deliver the messages that our residents feel are being ignored. I will speak for those who need a voice.
I strongly believe that we need to unite to find solutions – and I’m the person that can to bring people together as your MLA.