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Peter Taptuna

Assumed office 
Preceded by Joe Allen Evyagotailak

Political party non-partisan
consensus government

Peter Taptuna is a Canadian politician, who was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for the electoral district of Kugluktuk in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2008 territorial election. In the 2008 election, Taptuna received 264 votes, or 59.7%, ahead of the only other candidate, Donald Havioyak, who received 178 votes (40.3%).[1]


Before politics

Peter Taptuna was born in 1955 or 1956[2] in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Attending a residential school in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Taptuna went on to become a member of the first and only Inuit oil and gas drilling crew on the Beaufort Sea.[3]

After the western Arctic oil and gas sector shut down, Taptuna began working on the Lupin Gold Mine southeast of Kugluktuk. There, he completed an apprenticeship, earning journeyman and Red Seal certification. After his return to Kugluktuk, Taptuna received a diploma in Management Studies from Nunavut Arctic College.[3]

Political career

In 1999, Taptuna began service as a hamlet councillor and became the deputy mayor of the Hamlet of Kugluktuk. From 2000, he was the director and chair of the Kitikmeot Corporation, and the director of the Nunavut Development Corporation. In October 27, 2008, the day of the 2008 territorial election, Taptuna was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, representing the Kugluktuk riding, the most western riding in Nunavut. He currently holds many positions within the government of Nunavut, including Deputy Premier, Minister Responsible for the Nunavut Development Corporation, Minister Responsible for the Nunavut Business Credit Corporation Minister Responsible for Mines, and from November 19, 2008, the Minister of Economic Development & Transportation.[3]

Personal life

Taptuna has been married to his wife Joanne for over thirty years. They have five children and nine grandchildren.[3]




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