Many Nunavummiut will turn their clocks back an hour before going to bed tonight to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time.
Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk said in September that he’s heard from numerous constituents in Sanirajak and Iglulik that they would like to see that annual practice come to an end.
“People are dissatisfied when we have to turn the clocks back in the fall… days will be shorter and it will get dark sooner,” Kaernerk said.
Residents in Coral Harbour already stopped changing their clocks years ago. Yukon will not be observing the end of Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m. on Sunday as more jurisdictions have been debating the usefulness of adjusting time.
“If maybe a petition is presented to the House… can the Government of Nunavut go with Yukon?” Kaernerk asked.
Joe Savikataaq, minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, said he would look into the formal process required for legislating change and the considerations that would need to be made.
“If we want to do it Nunavut-wide, we would have to consult with the regions, scheduled airlines, and business owners and how much they would be impacted. That’s what we would have to do. This is being considered all over Canada and it has been a concern of turning back the clocks,” said Savikataaq.