Derek Montague new head of Sivunivut Corporation
Derek Montague is going to be a busy man.
In addition to being the mayor of Northwest River Montague, he is now also the new chairman of the Sivunivut Corporation, a branch of the Nunatsiavut government.
“It’s going to be busy, busy in a positive way,” he told TC Media. “It feels good when you make a positive change and I’m going to take all of my time dealing with issues and brainstorming with people, getting ideas to better help the people here.”
Montague said the job is, in broad terms, twofold. He has a seat in the Nunatsiavut assembly to bring issues, concerns, and ideas from Nunatsiavut beneficiaries in Northwest River and Sheshatshiu.
He is also the chairman of the corporation responsible for being a vehicle for delivery for programs for the beneficiaries. An example is the community freezer, where beneficiaries make sure it is stocked with wild meat such as moose and partridges, traditional foods that are healthier and have more of a cultural significance than meat bought from the store.
Montague said the first thing he plans to do is have consultations with the Nunatsiavut beneficiaries in Northwest River and in Sheshatshiu.
“I think it’s time to have, as soon as I get started, consultations and ask people what type of programming they think might be valuable,” he told TC Media. “Then we try to get funding and deliver the programs, that’s what I hope to do.”
He said he would like to get a better understanding of what people want and need from the corporation and make sure people understand what the corporation is for. He said many people don’t know what they do and he is hoping to use the skills he gained in his former career as a journalist to educate people.
“I want people get a better understanding of what’s going on in the office day-to-day,” he said. “My biggest goal starting off is I want people to be comfortable knowing what the company is meant for and I hope people will start coming into the office with ideas and perspectives.”
He is really hoping people offer suggestions because it’s hard to represent people if you’re not getting feedback.
In terms of doing both jobs at once, Montague said since they’re in the same building he will always be nearby if something is needed for the town.
“I’m literally 10 seconds away from where the town manager is. Can’t ask for much better, I’ll be able to get a lot done with both duties.”
Mayor of Northwest River (and former Labradorian reporter) Derek Montague is now also the new chairperson of the Sivunivut Corporation.