Birth of a bureaucracy
Nunavut government structure taking shape
by Richard Gleeson
Northern News Services
NNSL (Nov 17/97) - A view of the way Nunavut's government will be organized is emerging as the interim commissioner's office moves from staffing itself to staffing a government.

In an ad published last week, the interim commissioner's office calls for deputy ministers and a clerk for the new legislative assembly.

The deputy ministers will be heading up 10 departments in the Nunavut bureaucracy:

  • executive and intergovernmental affairs
  • human resources
  • justice and regulatory reform
  • health and social services
  • finance and administration
  • education
  • sustainable development
  • public works and government services
  • community government, housing and transportation
  • culture, language, elders and youth

The Footprints 2 provides for a decentralized civil service comprised of 1,100 employees.

Eva Arreak, communications director for the interim commissioner's office, said the goal is to fill the positions by January.

This week the selection committee charged with picking deputy ministers will meet in Iqaluit, said Arreak. The committee is composed of representatives of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the federal government, the interim commissioner's office, the territorial government and Caldwell Partners, a southern recruitment firm retained to field applications from interested candidates.

The Nunavut Agreement requires that the government be staffed by at least 50 per cent Inuit employees at all levels by 1999. The agreement also requires that target rise to a percentage representative of the general population by 2021.

Currently, Inuit comprise about 85 per cent of the Nunavut population.