Nunavut premier apologizes for remark about teachers

Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq has apologized to teachers who work in the territory’s schools for saying they are easily replaceable.

Last week, Savikataaq said that any one leaving the territory voluntarily would now have to pay for their two week isolation period when they returned.

When asked if the new policy would hurt teacher recruitment, the premier remarked that there were laid off Ontario teachers who could fill the void.

Video Journalist / Iqaluit

Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.