I am Juanie Pudluk, the Associate Deputy Minister of Nunavut Housing Corporation in Iqaluit, Nunavut. I grew up in Resolute Bay, Nunavut and now live in Iqaluit, Nunavut. My first job in 2007 was with Qulliq Energy Corporation as an electrical engineer. I designed and installed generators in many communities in Nunavut. In 2016 I moved to Community and Government Services, building large infrastructure projects such as schools, colleges, health centers, ports, and renovations. This experience helped in my understanding of what remote communities need to thrive. Then, I moved to Nunavut Housing Corporation in 2020 as the director of infrastructure building new housing units. The experiences give me a unique picture of the infrastructure needs of the people of Nunavut.
We recently released our Nunavut 3000 strategy. We are attempting to build 3000 units in the housing continuum by 2030. Looking at the goals of CHRA of keeping homes affordable, ending homelessness, renewing our communities, and supporting a sustainable housing profession aligns very well with our plans. To build 3000 homes, we need to ensure affordability, build transition housing to help the homeless, assist with community planning to create livable communities, and partner with Nunavut Arctic College, Government of Nunavut Family Services, and Nunavut Construction Corporation Development for training the apprentices and skilled trades needed to build and maintain our communities.