Despite having a population of "only" 7,700 people, the city of Iqaluit hosts more than its fair share of politicians and foreign dignitaries. Choosing to visit Iqaluit is one way that these leaders try to show that they care about Northerners and Northern issues. But coming up here for a few photo ops isn't always enough. Here are some things leaders can do to show (or at least look like) they really care.
1. Announce your visit ahead of time.
It's just common courtesy. We're busy, too.
2. Hold public events in accessible, inclusive spaces.
3. Answer questions from the public.
You know, those people that you apparently want to represent and who you're trying to get to vote for you.
4. Answer questions from the media.
We're not so scary.
5. Appreciate Inuit culture, fashion, or food with the community.
6. Pose for photos with the unselected randoms who take the time to come out to see you.
Nine times out of ten, they just want a selfie.
7. Meet with the people actually affected by or working on the issues you include in your speeches.
I'm sure there are many other ways leaders can show that they really care about Nunavut. Suggestions are very welcome; just comment below or send a tweet!