Twelve years after it was destroyed by arson, Iqaluit's iconic igloo church — St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral — is debt-free, and people in the parish are breathing a sigh of relief.
"It was a large weight on our shoulders, the debt that we had owing on the cathedral," said Darren McCartney, Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of the Arctic.
The last payment was about six weeks ago, he said.
Fundraising started back in 2004 with a plan to renovate the existing cathedral, which was build in the early 1970s. Those efforts had to be expanded to rebuild the cathedral from scratch in 2005, after a fire, which was later determined to be arson, gutted the building.
The build was completed and church services resumed in 2012.