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The Department of Health creates scholarship in memory of Savanna Pikuyak

21 September 2022

Statement
The Department of Health creates scholarship in memory of Savanna Pikuyak

Nunavut wide (September 21, 2022) – John Main, Minister of Health, today released the following statement:

“I was saddened to hear of the untimely and senseless murder of Savanna Pikuyak, a young woman from Sanirajak. Savanna’s death is a great loss to her family, her friends, community and indeed to all of Nunavut.

Savanna had moved to Ottawa to begin her studies towards becoming a nurse, a calling that would have been a great benefit to Nunavummiut. Prior to that, she worked for the Department of Health as a summer student in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Savanna was a role model and a kind and goodhearted individual. She cared deeply for her family and the well-being of others. She was a person who wanted to better herself to help better Nunavut.

The Department of Health and I do not want Savanna’s death to be in vain. Instead, we want her memory to serve as an inspiration and motivation to more young Nunavummiut who want to pursue a nursing career.

With that in mind, the Department of Health will be awarding an annual $5,000 scholarship in Savanna’s name to one Nunavut Inuk student entering pre-nursing studies.

I want to extend my deepest sympathies to Savanna’s family and community. I hope this small gesture in her name will help in their healing journey. Matna.”

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Media Contact:

Chris Puglia
Manager of Communications
Department of Health
867-975-5949
cpuglia@gov.nu.ca