Derek Mon­tague new head of Sivu­ni­vut Cor­po­ra­tion

The Labradorian - - FRONT PAGE - BY EVAN CA­REEN

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.”

SUB­MIT­TED

Mayor of Northwest River (and former Labrado­rian re­porter) Derek Mon­tague is now also the new chair­per­son of the Sivu­ni­vut Cor­po­ra­tion.

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