Reinstate Patterk Netser’s Portfolio and Issue a Public Apology


Nunavut Minister Netser

To: Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and all MLAs

On October 8th, Mr. Patterk (Patiq) Netser (Natsiq), MLA for Aivilik in Nunavut, was relieved of his responsibilities as a Minister of the Crown by Premier Joe Savikataaq. The Premier unilaterally stripped Mr. Netser of his entire ministerial portfolio overseeing Nunavut Arctic College and Nunavut Housing Corporation. He has further threatened him with additional reprisals when the Legislature reconvenes on October 21st.

All this comes after Mr. Netser dared to raise awareness of the abortion of black preborn babies in an inoffensive, 31-word Facebook post. Here is what he posted:

Facebook Post

There is absolutely nothing derogatory or mean-spirited in Mr. Netser’s short social media post. It is certainly no cause for the Premier to try to ruin the career and trash the reputation of a democratically-elected MLA. This is a severe overreaction and abuse of power on the Premier’s part.

It is not a crime to acknowledge the humanity of unborn black babies. In fact, according to a recent study, “black women have been experiencing abortions at a rate nearly four times that of white women for more than 30 years.” This would seem to indicate a pattern of systemic racism, which Mr. Netser was exposing. Mr. Netser should not get “fired” for this!

Is it not a matter of “employment discrimination” to punish a person for his or her beliefs? According to the Nunavut Human Rights Tribunal, “To unlawfully discriminate means to deny benefits and opportunities or to impose burdens, obligations or disadvantages on persons or groups of people based on specific grounds outlined in the Act,” including “religion and creed”. Certainly, Mr. Netser has been greatly disadvantaged for his Christian beliefs, and he deserves an apology.

It is ironic that, when Premier Savikataaq issued his official statement denouncing Mr. Netser, he claimed that he was acting in the name of “diversity”. But this rings hollow when measured against the Premier’s actions in demoting someone with a diverse perspective on the unborn. The only person being disrespectful, hurtful, and discriminatory in this situation is Premier Savikataaq.

In a response to the Premier’s statement, Mr. Netser asked, “Where’s my equality? Is it not being fair to my convictions and beliefs on what I stand for? We Inuit have always valued life even before the gospel came to Nunavut, to my people.”

I believe that the Premier of Nunavut must issue an immediate public apology to Mr. Netser for treating him so cruelly and discriminating against his beliefs. I believe that the Premier must also reinstate Mr. Netser’s full ministerial portfolio without delay. In addition, the Legislature must affirm Mr. Netser’s constitutional right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion, upholding their own Human Rights Code.


[ The Undersigned ]

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Lise-Anne D. Kamloops, BC , V2B 5A9
Jan 24, 2023 - 03:51pm
Anonymous Burlington, ON , L7M 1M4
Jan 15, 2023 - 09:42am
Anonymous Churchill, MB , R0B 0E0
Dec 14, 2022 - 07:58pm
Over the top extreme reaction by a Premier with too much power. Doubt he believes his own words.
Marjorie B. Grande Prairie, AB , T8V 4Z1
Dec 12, 2022 - 09:13pm
Cindy J. New Liskeard, ON , P0J 1P0
Oct 1, 2022 - 05:13pm
Where's freedom of speech gone in Canada? More importantly, why is it gone? This man does not deserve to lose anything for what he said.
Anonymous Prince George, BC , V2M 3S5
Sep 26, 2022 - 04:33pm
Agnes B. Saskatoon, SK , S7W 0B1
Sep 14, 2022 - 12:44am
Ashley C. Victoria, BC , V8N 6G7
Aug 28, 2022 - 02:35pm
Anonymous Edmonton, AB , T6L2V5
Aug 19, 2022 - 09:22pm
Jim S. Brampton, ON , L6Z 4S5
Aug 5, 2022 - 10:39am
Anonymous Legal, AB , T0G1L0
Aug 4, 2022 - 12:12pm
Anonymous Belleville, ON , K8P 5N4
May 18, 2022 - 04:04pm
There must be dialogue for equality... Not bias concerning Mr. Netser's public reflection, sine mens rea. Have not public "pro-choice" views hurt others? Then, how can one truly say that pro-life views hurt? Should one make those hurt by abortion feel oppressed by the fact that there are no pro-life government officials present?
Anonymous New Liskear, ON , P0J1P0
May 14, 2022 - 07:26am
Shelley R. Uxbridge, ON , L9P 1Z2
Apr 15, 2022 - 02:26pm
Anonymous Wasaga Beach , ON , L9Z 1R7
Apr 11, 2022 - 07:10am