Premier's Statements

September 18, 2017
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the progress we’ve made under our collective mandate Sivumut Abluqta. As the fourth legislative assembly of Nunavut draws to a close, I am reminded of how our new Cabinet first gathered in Kugaaruk. Subsequently, full-caucus met in Kugluktuk in February of 2014. There we discussed and prioritized our government’s work spanning four years. Mr. Speaker, it feels like only yesterday. I’m sure all members can recall the hard work and long days of laying out our main goals for this assembly. Nunavut has many priority areas, but... read more.
September 15, 2017
Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to recognize and thank Government of Nunavut staff who have dedicated more than 30 years to the public service. These devoted employees will be honoured with long term service awards at an event on September 16. Mr. Speaker, these dedicated individuals represent many of our departments and public bodies, and come from across the territory. Their long-term service is an example of their strong commitment to serving and providing for our communities. Mr. Speaker, our government continues to invest in and support the employees of the public service to the... read more.
September 14, 2017
Mr. Speaker, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated released a report titled “The Cost of Not Successfully Implementing Article 23: Representative Employment for Inuit with the Government.” As we examine that report, I’d like to highlight advancement on Inuit training. We have always driven an agenda to increase the Inuit workforce. In the early days of government, there was only one training program offered specifically for Inuit. The Sivuliqtiksat Internship program continues today. Mr. Speaker, under Sivumiut Abluqta, and through our leadership, we revamped the focus on Inuit Employment... read more.
September 14, 2017
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of Elizabeth Dean, a long-term educator, as the winner of the 13th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award for Nunavut. Established in 2004, the Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes the successes of adults that carry out literacy training, and celebrates achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Each award recipient receives a certificate signed by the Premier of their province or territory, as well as a Council of the Federation Literacy Award medallion. Mr. Speaker, this year I... read more.
September 13, 2017
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations to Nunavut’s Maatalii Okalik, on her recent appointment as one of three independent youth advisors by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett last month. Okalik joins Metis youth leader Gabrielle Fayant, and First Nations youth leader André Bear. The three will spend the fall consulting Inuit, Metis and First Nations youth on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action for government funding "for community-based youth organizations to deliver programs on reconciliation,... read more.
September 12, 2017
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform my colleagues about the meetings I attended with my fellow Premiers over the summer.   Mr. Speaker, the summer meeting of Canada’s Premiers took place July 17 to 19 in Edmonton. I joined my counterparts from across Canada to discuss Canada-U.S. relations, economic growth and key justice and social issues in Canada. The Council of the Federation (COF) is made up of all 13 of Canada’s Premiers. COF enables Premiers to work collaboratively, form closer ties, foster constructive relationships between governments and show leadership in important issues that... read more.
August 31, 2017
YELLOWKNIFE, NT (August 31, 2017) – Premiers of Canada’s three northern territories met in Yellowknife this week to discuss how they are working together to ensure that northerners have increasing opportunities including good jobs close to home and sustainable communities.   Premiers spoke at length about indigenous cooperation and their support for reconciliation and partnership. Our modern land claim and self-government agreements are examples of positive change.   Responsible, sustainable development and economic diversification are keys to enhancing prosperity and wellness in remote... read more.
June 23, 2017
“I wish to extend my heartfelt sadness after last weekend’s tsunami near Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland. I remain hopeful that the damage to the region is minimal. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Greenland.  To assist in recovery, the Government of Nunavut (GN) is responding with a $25,000 donation to the Greenland Red Cross to help those directly affected.   Inuit societal values teach us to provide for family and community. The GN is pleased to help the greater Arctic community, and provide aid to those affected. Nunavut and Greenland share many important connections, including the... read more.
June 08, 2017
Mr. Speaker, as Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, it gives me great pleasure to rise today to introduce a new education sponsorship program. The Amaaqtaarniq Education Program will sponsor long-term, post-secondary education leave for Government of Nunavut Inuit employees.  “Amaaqtaarniq” means a bud spreading roots. Mr. Speaker, the aim of this new education sponsorship program is to remove barriers to post-secondary education for eligible Inuit employees and to help the Government of Nunavut fill professional and specialized positions. We will establish an Amaaqtaarniq... read more.
June 08, 2017
Mr. Speaker, as Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, I rise today to introduce to my fellow members a new comprehensive policy development program for Government of Nunavut employees. Government of Nunavut policy-makers must have the knowledge, skills and cultural competence to develop legislation, policies, and programs that respond to and reflect the unique circumstances and needs of Nunavummiut. Policy-makers must also enable a healthy, culturally-attuned work environment in Nunavut’s public service.   We must develop Inuit to become policy-makers through a combination of... read more.