News releases

April 07, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario (April 7, 2017) – Nunavut today became a signatory to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), alongside all of Canada’s province and territories. This national internal trade agreement allows Nunavut to participate in Canada’s economic union equally. “The Government of Nunavut’s participation in the CFTA highlights our commitment to a transparent and efficient public government,” said Premier Peter Taptuna. “Our participation under the CFTA is consistent with our obligations under the Nunavut Agreement, and secures our territory’s interests. It allows Nunavut firms access to... read more.
March 23, 2017
Iqaluit, Nunavut (March 22, 2017) – Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled the Government of Canada’s 2017 budget plan “Building a Strong Middle Class.”   “Nunavut faces unique challenges, especially related to housing and energy,” said Finance Minister Keith Peterson. “We have encouraged the federal government to invest in these areas for some time. This budget is a positive next step, and we now look forward to working out the details. As always, we will make our needs understood and advocate for critical funding for Nunavut.”   In particular, the federal budget proposes: $240... read more.
January 27, 2017
The premiers of Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut met in Vancouver this week to discuss northern policy and common pan-territorial priorities, including sustainable development. Premiers reaffirmed their support for mining, and commitment to a robust, sustainable economy in the North. Premiers also discussed plans for cooperating on a pan-territorial vision for ongoing growth and development. The Government of Northwest Territories will lead the development of a Sustainable Development Strategy that will help ensure that Northerners have a strong, collective voice in ongoing... read more.
January 16, 2017
News Release For Immediate Release  Canada Reaches Health Funding Agreement with the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon  January 16, 2017 Ottawa, ON - Northwest Territories - Nunavut - Yukon  Health Canada Canada’s public healthcare system is a source of pride. The Government of Canada and the Governments of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon are committed to ensuring it is there to meet the needs of Canadian families. Today, the federal government and the Governments of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon agreed to new targeted federal funding over 10 years for... read more.
December 22, 2016
IQALUIT (December 22, 2016) – The Premiers of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are expressing concern over this week’s announcement of an indefinite moratorium on offshore oil and gas development by the Government of Canada.  The economies of the two territories are small and depend heavily on resource development as the major contributor to GDP and source of jobs and income for their residents at the present time. Ensuring there are options for Northerners and economic development alternatives for the territories must be part of the decision making process, particularly when the... read more.
September 08, 2016
IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 8, 2016) – Premier Peter Taptuna is pleased to announce that Saa Pitsiulak, an Inuktitut language program officer with the Department of Culture and Heritage, is the winner of the 12th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award for Nunavut.    “Saa has taught hundreds of children and adults in Nunavut and goes above and beyond her day job, doing much of her work in her own time,” said Premier Taptuna. “On behalf of the Government of Nunavut, I would like to extend my gratitude to her for her important work and her contribution towards literacy across our... read more.
August 03, 2016
Minister responsible for the Status of Women Monica Ell-Kanayuk and Minister of Justice Keith Peterson jointly released the following statement:   “We are pleased that the National Inquiry on Murdered and Missing Women and Girls has been formally announced, and look forward to working with the Commission to move toward understanding this tragic Canadian issue and create systemic changes.   We know that preventing family violence is critical to ensuring the safety of Nunavummiut at home. We will continue to work together to create safe communities that promote respect and healthy relationships... read more.
July 21, 2016
IQALUIT, Nunavut (July 21, 2016) – Finance Minister Keith Peterson is pleased that Moody’s Investors Service has reaffirmed the Government of Nunavut’s (GN) continued credit rating of Aa1 with a stable outlook. This rating was first assigned to the GN in August 2012.    “We are pleased to maintain our Aa1 rating, as it confirms that the Government of Nunavut’s financial outlook is stable,” said Minister Peterson. “It also shows that our prudent approach to spending is recognized as one of the strengths of our government.”    Moody’s credit opinion highlights the GN’s low debt burden – the... read more.
June 24, 2016
IQALUIT, Nunavut (June 24, 2016) – Premier Peter Taptuna today announced changes to the Government of Nunavut senior management team, and appointed a president to serve Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC).  “With the re-alignment of executive council, key changes to our government’s senior management will continue effective and well implemented leadership of Sivumut Abluqta,” said Premier Taptuna. “These appointments support the knowledge and abilities of our public service leaders, and I’m pleased to reposition those strengths within our departments.”  Effective July 5, 2016, Bruno Pereira will... read more.
June 17, 2016
IQALUIT, Nunavut (June 17, 2016) – Premier Peter Taptuna has announced changes to Nunavut’s executive council, to ensure strategic leadership to realize the goals of Sivumut Abluqta. Changes become effective June 24, 2016.  “After working with our new ministers and observing the distinct strengths of each member of cabinet, I have reassigned portfolios to renew energy and reinvigorate collaboration,” said Premier Taptuna.  Portfolio assignments are as follows:  Honourable Peter Taptuna Premier Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs... read more.
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