Statements in the Legislature

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to provide my colleagues with an update on the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation. As you are all aware, we are committed to fully participating in the newly established Inuit Training Corporation with the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. on the executive committee. Mr. Speaker, the purpose of the Training Corporation is to provide funding and other support for training and... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I had committed that after the presentation and questions of the airlines in the committee of the whole, that I would issue a written response to the airlines and make that letter public.  Mr. Speaker, the session was well received across Nunavut. I believe that it did allow Nunavummiut to get a better understanding of the codeshare agreement and also many of the other issues in the... read more.
Mr. Speaker in 2014 as members of this assembly, we had our full-caucus retreat in Kugluktuk. By consensus, we agreed upon the vision for this government. We agreed in Sivumut Abluqta that we would apply sound regulatory processes to development, and ensure that a sound wildlife management system is in place to benefit Nunavummiut. We want to safeguard harmony and balance in this vision. Mr.... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the accomplishments of three members of our public service. Today, Sarah Papatsie, Shane Papatsie and Arsene Sivanertok will celebrate their graduation from the Sivuliqtiksat internship program. Mr. Speaker, Sarah started her internship with the Department of Justice in Iqaluit in October 2014.  Through the guidance and support of Sarah’s trainer, Danielle... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to tell my colleagues about the upcoming meeting of Canada’s Premiers in Vancouver on March 3, 2016. At this meeting Mr. Speaker, I look forward to speaking with my provincial and territorial counterparts to establish a pan-Canadian framework for combatting climate change. We promised to meet within 90 days of the Paris Conference of the Parties... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to inform my colleagues about Nunavut’s exciting recognition at the 4th annual Arctic Inspiration Prize awards ceremony in Ottawa, in January. The Arctic Inspiration Prize is a unique and prestigious award, given to teams who have made a substantial, demonstrated and distinguished contribution to Arctic knowledge that benefits the people of the... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to highlight an issue that touches us all in some way or another – bullying. Mr. Speaker, Pink Shirt Day is held every year on the last Wednesday in February to raise awareness about bullying in our schools and communities. This event began a few years ago when teenage students organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a grade nine boy who was being... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm to my colleagues this government supports a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. I am profoundly grateful to the families that have come forward to share their difficult experiences during Canada’s pre-inquiry consultations on missing and murdered women hosted by federal Indigenous Affairs Minister,... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to give advanced congratulations to the 19 participants of the Hivuliqtikhanut supervisor’s series graduation, taking place on June 15 here in Iqaluit. The Hivuliqtikhanut leadership development program aims to strengthen Nunavut’s public service, and provide the necessary tools and skills to become effective future leaders. This first series, developed specifically for... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to re-iterate my appreciation that the Government of Canada has decided to fully support the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The Declaration recognizes Indigenous people’s basic human rights, as well as rights to self-determination, language, equality and land, among others. It also, and I quote, "emphasizes the rights... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to inform my colleagues about an important initiative between the Government of Nunavut, Statistics Canada and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. From April 25 to June 17, the Nunavut Government Employee Survey will collect information about employees’ job experiences, language used at work, access and barriers to job training, interest in career... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to extend my support to Mr. Hunter Tootoo, MP for Nunavut. As of last night he resigned from Canada’s Cabinet and the Liberal caucus. We are supportive in his move to take time to seek treatment for addictions. He has demonstrated courage and strength to make this decision. He has and always will work hard for Nunavummiut. Mr. Speaker, and Members of the Legislative... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my support for the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta. As we all know, the area has been devastated in recent weeks by forest fires, and more than 80,000 residents were displaced. Mr. Speaker, our government has responded to this emergency by contributing $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help those directly affected. It is a pillar of Sivumut Abluqta to keep... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to inform my colleagues about the most recent Nunavut Food Price Survey. Earlier this year, the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics with the help of government liaison officers completed the 2016 survey, for the fourth year in a row. Mr. Speaker, the Nunavut Food Price Survey collects information to help measure the difference in the cost of living between... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform my colleagues about a meeting with my fellow Premiers over the summer.   Mr. Speaker, the summer meeting of Canada’s Premiers took place July 21-22 in Whitehorse. 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... read more.
Mr. Speaker, the public service training division of the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs is starting the third series in the Hivuliqtikhanut Program. The Hivuliqtikhanut Program consists of three streams: senior manager, supervisor and emerging manager.  So far, the Supervisors’ series has been fully delivered, and participants graduated earlier this year. The senior... read more.
Mr. Speaker, the Government of Nunavut (GN) is committed to an effective and functional public service that is representative of the population it serves, and that meets the requirements of Article 23 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA).    As Premier, I am committed to enhancing Inuit employment in our public service. As a result of the settlement of the NLCA implementation lawsuit that... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to update my colleagues about Nunavut devolution and an important development on the file. Mr. Speaker, as you know, the transfer of jurisdictional responsibility is a crucial component as part of this government’s mandate, to help realize the territory’s long-term development and autonomy for Nunavummiut. We were pleased to see the federal... read more.
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 were honoured with long term service awards at an event last night. Mr. Speaker, these dedicated individuals represent many of our departments and public bodies, and come from across the territory. Their long-term service is... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address a question that was raised last week in regards to the availability of passport and Possession Acquisition Licence photos in communities. In Sivumut Abluqta, this government committed to ensuring that programs and services are delivered in an effective, efficient manner. To this end, government liaison officer (GLO) positions offer support, information and... read more.
Mr. Speaker, the federal inquiry on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls begins across Canada this fall. This is a difficult issue that affects us all. Violence in Nunavut is 11 times higher than Canada’s national average. The delicate, complex and profound issue of ending family violence needs the commitment of many levels of government, partners and community members. As Premier, I... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of Saa Pitsiulak, an Inuktitut language program officer with the Department of Culture and Heritage, as the winner of the 12th 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 have undertaken literacy... read more.
Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Arctic Council on their 20th anniversary. The Arctic Council celebrated on Thursday, September 29 when Carleton University, Centre for International Governance Innovation and Global Affairs Canada hosted a celebration event in Ottawa. The Arctic Council is a forum for Arctic states to discuss the balance between environmental... read more.