Bringing Elders and Youth Together in Rankin Inlet

News Release

Upgrades to Centre will provide training to Inuit and help improve quality of life in the community

February 17, 2017 – Rankin Inlet, NU – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced an investment of over $440,000 from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to renovate the Elder and Youth Centre in Rankin Inlet.

The Centre will be a space where elders and youth can meet to share experiences and Inuit traditional knowledge. New programs will encourage inter-generational activities, including mentorships and workshops, helping to enhance the health of the community.  Further, the training experience provided to workers and the creation of a full-time position will help to enhance employment opportunities for members of the community.

This investment will support renovations to expand the size of the Centre by adding a meeting room and office space. The renovations will include clean technology upgrades by installing LED lighting and repairs to walls, windows, and doors to increase the energy efficiency and improve the quality of the building.


“The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in the renovations and improvements to the Elder and Youth Centre in Rankin Inlet. These upgrades will help the residents of Rankin Inlet, while providing training and jobs for Inuit.”

Navdeep Bains
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and
Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

“In a community where winter temperatures can average a minus 30 to 35 degrees below zero for several months of the year and at times exceed minus 40, indoor activity space for youth and elders is essential for healthy living. The enhancements provided by this contribution will allow us to provide new programing and activities as well as opportunities which will benefit us for many, many years.”

Robert Janes
Hamlet of Rankin Inlet

Quick Facts

  • The total investment in the project is $593,000 over two years. CanNor is investing $442,650, with the Hamlet of Rankin Inlet contributing $100,350 and the Government of Nunavut adding $50,000.

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Office of the Honourable Navdeep Bains
Pauline Tam
Director of Communications


Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region


Hamlet of Rankin Inlet
Robert Janes

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