News releases

September 11, 2017
September 8, 2017 – In honour of International Literacy Day, Canada’s Premiers today announced the recipients of the 13th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The award is presented to recipients from all 13 provinces and territories to celebrate outstanding achievement, innovative practice, and excellence in literacy.     The recipients of the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award are:   Lethbridge Public Library – Alberta   Project Literacy Kelowna Society – British Columbia Christian Haines – Manitoba   Rosalie Simon – Newfoundland and Labrador   Lise Beaulieu – New... read more.
August 31, 2017
YELLOWKNIFE, NT (August 31, 2017) –  Premiers share an interest in ensuring that all northerners and northern communities have an optimistic outlook for the future, and that outlook requires advancement of educational attainment, business development and meaningful employment opportunities, many of which are tied to infrastructure development.   Premiers emphasize the particular importance of increasing the opportunities available to people living in Indigenous communities, and rural and remote communities.   Towards this shared interest, Northern Premiers are looking forward to the release... read more.
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.
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