Arctic Canada - The Culture Cure
Episode 21

A Legacy of Leadership-Facing the Challenge of Leading a Municipal Government in Nunavut

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Uqi Chuck Pizzo-Lyall is the recently elected Mayor of Taloyoak (formerly Spence Bay) Nunavut, Canada. One of a new breed of young, Northern leaders, Chuck and his community face many challenges in the Canadian Arctic. Chuck comes from a family of leaders. His grandfather, Ernie Lyall, came by ship from Labrador, Canada, and travelled the Arctic by dog team. He and Chuck's grandmother Nipisha, an Inuk from the Eastern Arctic, raised a large family and Ernie was a key interpreter and witness to many historic events in the Baffin Region over half a century. Chuck's father Charlie and Uncle Bill have played key roles in the politics and leadership in the Central Arctic over the years. Although wildlife and country food is still plentiful in the area around Taloyoak, the community faces many challenges. In this episode we discuss the cost of store bought food, maintaining culture and language, over-crowding in local housing, and what it takes to keep a community functioning in the far reaches of the Canadian Arctic.

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