Premier's Statements

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, 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.
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 07, 2017
Mr. Speaker, the Government of Nunavut encourages public servants to continually develop their knowledge and skills through job or career related training.  My department delivers a variety of short courses in various communities throughout the year for public servants to access professional development closer to home.  However, there are times when employees have to leave their communities to attend job related training and we know how expensive travel costs can be in Nunavut. Mr. Speaker, this year, departments and public agencies will be able to apply to the Department of Executive and... read more.
June 06, 2017
Mr. Speaker, the Nutrition North Canada program was introduced by the Federal Conservative Government in April 2011.  The program replaced the previous Food Mail Program.  Originally, the program was intended to assist Northern and remote communities by reducing food costs.  After numerous reviews, Auditor General’s reports, public discussions and analysis of the program, it still demonstrates a failure to pass lower costs onto the consumer. Recently, the Conference Board of Canada stated food insecurity, including the high cost of food in remote and rural areas of the country need to be... read more.
June 02, 2017
Mr. Speaker, the Government of Nunavut is committed to building an effective and functional public service that is responsive to the public it serves by facilitating career growth and development opportunities. As minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, I am happy to introduce the new Career Broadening Program for Inuit Government of Nunavut employees who want to acquire or broaden their work-related skills, develop management skills and experience, or fill special project leadership roles.  Mr. Speaker, by increasing the skills and knowledge of Inuit employees, the Career... read more.
June 01, 2017
Mr. Speaker, the Government of Nunavut is committed to an effective and functional public service that is representative of the people we serve. We recognize the importance of completing detailed department Inuit employment plans as well as a government – wide Inuit employment plan. This will require strategic workforce planning that will take into account long-term priorities that reflect progress and changing circumstances. Mr. Speaker, since the signing of the 2015 Settlement Agreement, the Government of Nunavut has taken strategic steps to strengthen the ongoing implementation of Article... read more.
May 31, 2017
Mr. Speaker, yesterday Canada Post unveiled a stamp as part of Canada’s 150th celebrations. The stamp features Leah Ejangiaq Kines from Arctic Bay. It’s a photo of her taken by her husband Clare Kines. As part of a series, the Nunavut stamp honours 10 national moments in Canada’s history. Mr. Speaker, the stamp celebrates a special moment in Canadian history – the creation of Nunavut. For Inuit, it was a life changing moment and one that Inuit had championed for many years prior to signing the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement on April 1st, 1999. While Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary this... read more.
January 23, 2017
Premier Taptuna released the following statement: “On behalf of the Government of Nunavut, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those who were lost in the tragic Bombardier accident this past weekend.”
December 15, 2016
December 15, 2016 Iqaluit, NU   Premier Peter Taptuna released the following statement:   “I would like to extend congratulations to Aluki Kotierk on her recent election as Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. president.   I look forward to working closely with President Kotierk on Nunavut’s priorities to ensure our territory’s continued growth and prosperity, as well as working towards Inuit success and education through the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp., which will assist in our common goal towards Inuit employment. I am eager to begin our work together and foster a strong relationship that benefits... read more.