Premier's Statements

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.
November 01, 2016
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the efforts of one of our territory’s strongest youth voices, and to congratulate her on receiving a prestigious award from the United Nations. Maatalii Okalik is the President of Canada’s National Inuit Youth Council. She was recently in Stockholm, Sweden as one of 19 youth leaders from across the globe, selected to participate in the #FirstGeneration Global Goals Forum. The participants took part in workshops, seminars and debates in support of UN global goals. Mr. Speaker, during her time at the forum, Maatalii spoke to how a more sustainable planet... read more.
July 09, 2016
Premier Peter Taptuna today released the following statement:   “I congratulate Mr. Fred Caron on his appointment as the chief federal negotiator for Nunavut devolution.    Our territory’s self-reliance and future success depends on sound economic and resource development. Nunavut’s devolution is a critical step towards this realization.  We are excited to return to negotiations and to step forward together to develop an Agreement-in-Principle on devolution with the Government of Canada and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.   It is especially fitting that this announcement comes on Nunavut Day... read more.
May 10, 2016
Premier Peter Taptuna today released the following statement:   “I’m very pleased the Canadian government has decided to fully support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.    This is an important step and I’m hopeful this will strengthen Canada’s relationship with all Indigenous people, including the Inuit of Nunavut. I look forward to working with the federal government in this important development to better our nation.   The Government of Nunavut looks forward to working with Canada, as well as Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami to... read more.
May 05, 2016
Premier Peter Taptuna released the following statement:   “The Government of Nunavut is responding to the emergency in Fort McMurray by contributing $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help those directly affected by the forest fires in Fort McMurray.    It is a pillar of this government’s mandate to keep families healthy and build resilient communities. On behalf of Nunavut, I’m pleased to help the greater Canadian community, and provide aid to those displaced.   To this end, Nunavut Protection Services has contacted the Alberta Emergency Management Agency to offer any logistic or... read more.
April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016 Iqaluit, NU Premier Peter Taptuna released the following statement today: “The Government of Nunavut welcomes the decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to not pursue increased trade restrictions for polar bears under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES). The decision by the U.S. reflects what we have known in Nunavut and Canada all along. Our co-management system for polar bears is robust and effective, and the trade in polar bear parts does not pose a threat to the species. The carefully managed harvest... read more.
April 28, 2016
“I extend my condolences to the family of James Arvaluk, former Nunavut Minister of Education.   Mr. Arvaluk served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories from 1991 to 1995, and as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut from 1999 to 2003, and again from 2006 to 2011. Mr. Arvaluk was a tireless advocate during the Nunavut land claims process, and was involved in the formation of what is now Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.   During this difficult time, we remember and appreciate his contributions to the development and progress of our territory.”    ###    Media... read more.
March 23, 2016
Iqaluit, NU “I am pleased that the federal government has taken steps to invest in Northern and Indigenous communities, and shares our vision of a strong, healthy and prosperous Nunavut. The challenges facing Nunavut and Canada’s northern communities are unique. Addressing issues like housing, infrastructure, health and mental health care, community safety and policing, child welfare, and education are critical to our well-being. The federal government’s investment in infrastructure projects in Nunavut is key to ensuring our economic prosperity. We are also pleased to see that the government... read more.
March 02, 2016
The Premiers of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut are bringing the interests of northerners to the First Ministers’ Meeting in Vancouver on March 3rd.  Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, NWT Premier Bob McLeod and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna look forward to working collaboratively with all First Ministers, and acknowledge the imperative to address climate change.  Recognizing the significant effect it is having on northern communities, territorial Premiers wish to ensure that efforts to address our climate change goals are also informed by the realities faced by the territories.  “I... read more.