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Repairing Mark Kalluak Hall is high on the priority list in Arviat

Repairing Mark Kalluak Hall is high on the priority list in Arviat

If there is one thing that all seven communities in the Kivalliq region have in common, it is that their community center is a place to celebrate their culture.

And if the community outgrows the hall, or if the hall is in urgent need of renovation and has to be temporarily closed, then a part of the heart of the community also closes.

And you could argue that nowhere in Kivalliq is this more true than in Arviat, where nearly 35.5 percent of the population is under the age of 15.

That’s what Arviat Mayor Joe Savikataaq Jr. says he has a big problem.

Savikataaq said the hamlet is facing a major problem at its community center. Problems with the floor and foundation have resulted in the building being closed for repairs.

He said the town is moving so quickly because the building is vital to so many things that happen in Arviat.

“I hope that the repairs to our Mark Kalluak Hall will be successful so that we can reopen it to the public as soon as possible,” said Savikataaq.

That place is used for everything: court, weddings, teen dances, dance competitions, you name it. And every day there are programs for the children in Arviat.”

Savikataaq said the community is also hard at work preparing for (Igluliuqatigiingniq) Nunavut 3,000.

He said a lot of work goes into preparing and developing all the lots in preparation for the homes that will be built in Arviat, but there is much more to it than that.

This isn’t just delivering a lot. This is also planning for roads, water, sewer, waste, and lighting systems. We need to get Qulliq Energy Corp. to put up utility poles.

So it’s quite a challenge to do all that and at the same time meet the demand for the growing demand for services that are needed.

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes every day. A lot of work. And we don’t have to add our community hall to the list, so hopefully it will be reopened to the public soon.”