Government of Canada Invests in Playground Equipment for Kugaaruk

New equipment will help youth in the community

IQALUIT, NU, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Office of the Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council.

Minister Leona Aglukkaq today announced funding that will replace playground equipment in the Hamlet of Kugaaruk. The previous playground equipment had deteriorated and was removed for safety reasons.

Studies have shown the importance of physical activity. Children who engage in play are healthier, have higher self-esteem, and communicate better with others. This new playground equipment will benefit the physical and mental health of the children in Kugaaruk.

Quick Facts

  • CanNor's investment of $100,000, along with $100,700 in funding from the Hamlet of Kugaaruk will go towards the purchase and installation of the playground equipment.
  • This playground equipment will be specifically manufactured for use in the Arctic with a special coating over the steel to prevent frost freeze, helping to make it safer for use in cold conditions.
  • The playground equipment is expected to be installed by the end of Summer 2014.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to invest in projects that help create sustainable, healthy and prosperous northern communities. This playground equipment will improve community infrastructure and contribute to the quality of life in the Hamlet of Kugaaruk."
Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council

"Thank you to CanNor for the financial support for the new playground. This will be a great family gathering spot in the community. Parents can talk with each other while the children play. There is a new area for young adults to exercise; this will bring all ages together."
Stephan Inaksayak
Mayor, Hamlet of Kugaaruk

Associated Links

CanNor Creates Jobs and Improves Community Infrastructure Across Nunavut


SOURCE Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

For further information:

Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Ted Laking
819-997-1441

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region
867-975-3722

This project was funded through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund (CIIF). CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.

Hamlet of Kugaaruk
Greg Holitzki
Senior Administrative Officer
867-769-6281

For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca

For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca