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Nunatsiavut Assembly appoints new Speaker

The Nunatsiavut Government swore in a new Speaker of the Nunatsiavut Assembly on Feb. 2, 2021. - FILE PHOTO
The Nunatsiavut Government swore in a new Speaker of the Nunatsiavut Assembly on Feb. 2, 2021. - FILE PHOTO
HOPEDALE, N.L. —

The Nunatsiavut Government announced on Tuesday, Feb. 2 that a new Speaker had been chosen for the Nunatsiavut Assembly. Marlene Winters- Wheeler, who represents the Upper Lake Melville constituency in the Inuit government, was sworn in as Speaker Tuesday morning at a sitting of the assembly in Hopedale.

The position has been vacant since November, when Edward Blake-Rudkowski was removed as Speaker when his membership in Nunatsiavut was revoked.

Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe said in a release he is confident Winters-Wheeler will “carry out her duties with a sense of proportion and fairness.”

“As Speaker, she has the important and critical role of overseeing the administration of the Assembly, to enforce and observe all standing orders and procedures, and to perform other functions and exercise additional powers as authorized by the Assembly,” he said. “I look forward to working with her, and indeed all Assembly members, as we continue to address issues and concerns that matter most to Labrador Inuit.”

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