Pangnirtung, Nunavut, will soon have a new wellness centre – CBC

Oct 10, 2023

The new wellness centre is set to open at the end of the month

Pangnirtung’s first wellness centre is getting ready to open its doors this month after three years in the making.

The group behind it found there was limited space in the hamlet for community gatherings, such as sealskin making or preschool programming. Their goal was to to have a facility that any of Pangnirtung’s 1,600 residents can use both in the day and evening.

“Once the idea came, it took a lot of planning and finding locations…. And then to make it more successful and useful, we did two radio shows for the community asking what kind of programs … the community need in regards to wellness or programming that the community wants to do,” said Mary Etuangat, co-founder of the upcoming wellness centre, and co-chair of the Suputiit Wellness Committee in the hamlet.

“After doing that consultation, it just made it a lot stronger for the wellness community to put into a case to the Department of Health and hamlet council to initiate and find the facility [and] start renovating.”

They decided on a former radio station in the centre of the community, inspired by a centre in Qikiqtarjuaq.

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