IQALUIT, Nunavut — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed a former Nunavut premier as the territory’s next commissioner.
Eva Aariak, who served as Nunavut’s second premier from 2008 to 2013, will take over the job from Nellie Kusugak, whose five-year term expired in June.
A commissioner of Nunavut is similar to a province’s lieutenant-governor.
Territorial commissioners give royal assent to bills passed by the legislative assembly and swear in newly elected members.
Trudeau describes Aariak as a lifelong champion for Nunavut, and its Inuit languages and culture.
Aariak, who served as the territory’s first languages commissioner, was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2018 for her work to protect Inuit languages.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2021.
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