News releases

September 09, 2019
IQALUIT, Nunavut (September 9, 2019) – Nunavut’s cabinet completed their mid-term retreat in Arviat last week, with renewed vision and objectives for the successful implementation of Turaaqtavut. “We are a united executive council, with clear goals and strong ideas for Nunavut. We are now close to halfway through our mandate, and we remain committed to accountability and ensuring the Government of Nunavut achieves the goals of our mandate,” said Premier Joe Savikataaq. “After a productive two days, we have specific direction to move forward and accomplish our work to benefit all Nunavummiut... read more.
September 06, 2019
ARVIAT, Nunavut (September 6, 2019) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced changes to the Government of Nunavut (GN)’s senior management. Effective September 9, 2019:   Kathy Okpik, Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs becomes Deputy Minister of Education.   William MacKay, Deputy Minister of Justice becomes Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs.   Simon Awa becomes Acting Deputy Minister of Justice.   Gideonie Joamie becomes Acting Deputy Minister of Culture and Heritage. Effective October 21, 2019:  Theresa Hughes becomes Deputy Minister of... read more.
November 08, 2018
Iqaluit, Nunavut (November 8, 2018) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced that Minister Patterk Netser will assume the Nunavut Housing Corporation and Nunavut Arctic College portfolios, effective tomorrow.   “Earlier this week, we swore-in our newest member of the executive council. After seeing Mr. Netser’s abilities and interests, I am confident these assignments are a good fit for cabinet,” said Premier Savikataaq.   In addition, Minister Jeannie Ehaloak will retain the Qulliq Energy Corporation file, while Premier Savikataaq will take on responsibility as Minister of Environment.  “... read more.
August 20, 2018
Iqaluit, Nunavut – Premier Joe Savikataaq announced changes to executive council today. “After two months as Premier, I have a clear sense of the strengths and abilities of all members of cabinet. I have had time to evaluate relationships and fit, and feel it is important to make changes as we embark on a very busy fall season,” said Premier Savikataaq. Effective immediately: The Honourable George Hickes becomes Minister of Health and Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention, in addition to Minister of Finance. The Honourable Pat Angnakak becomes Minister responsible for the Nunavut... read more.
June 22, 2018
Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: "I was pleased to meet with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President, Ms. Aluki Kotierk today to discuss the priorities and opportunities between our two organizations. Our meeting provided the opportunity to re-confirm the Government of Nunavut (GN)’s commitment to our Turaaqtavut mandate, and to discuss our areas of shared interest and responsibility, including post-secondary education and training, infrastructure and increasing Inuit employment. The GN and NTI have a long history of working together in the best interests of Inuit... read more.
June 20, 2018
IQALUIT, Nunavut – Premier Joe Savikataaq is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Mearns as Principal Secretary. Her appointment is effective July 3, 2018. "I am thrilled that Ms. Mearns has accepted this position. Her collaborative style and dedication to support Inuit employment in the public service are great assets to this office," said Premier Savikataaq. Since 2014, Ms. Mearns has served as Associate Deputy Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, responsible for overseeing strategic planning and direction for the Government of Nunavut (GN). Previous to that role... read more.
June 19, 2018
IQALUIT, Nunavut – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced the return of Simon Awa as Chief Negotiator of Devolution, effective immediately. "Mr. Awa has been an invaluable member of the Government of Nunavut (GN) for more than 15 years," said Premier Savikataaq. "This government values the dedication and service of our staff. As we work with the federal government and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. towards an agreement-in-principle, I am confident that Mr. Awa is the best individual to lead this process for the GN. His work on this file over the past four years has been invaluable." ### Media Contact... read more.
June 15, 2018
IQALUIT, Nunavut – Premier Joe Savikataaq announced changes to Executive Council portfolios today. The Honourable David Akeeagok is the new Deputy Premier and Minister of Economic Development and Transportation. The Honourable George Hickes is the new Minister of Finance. The Honourable Jeannie Ehaloak is the new Minister of Environment, in addition to her current portfolios. Paul Okalik’s appointment as Chief Negotiator for Devolution is no longer in effect. A replacement will be appointed at a later date. "I understand the uncertainty that has transpired over the last week and I want to... read more.
June 01, 2018
Iqaluit, Nunavut – As Minister responsible for Seniors’ Advocate, Premier Paul Quassa is encouraging all Nunavummiut to reach out to someone of another generation today, in recognition of Intergenerational Day in Canada. Intergenerational Day recognizes the importance of making connections between Elders, adults and youth to share knowledge and experiences, reduce isolation of older persons, and foster understanding, empathy, inclusion and care between generations. "Inuit culture has always emphasized strong bonds between youth, adults and Elders. Elders have so much knowledge, expertise and... read more.
May 11, 2018
IQALUIT, Nunavut – Premier Paul Quassa announced today that the Status of Women portfolio will be added to Minister Elisapee Sheutiapik’s Cabinet responsibilities. "Minister Sheutiapik’s current role as Minister of Family Services, in addition to her previous experience as president of the Qulliit Status of Women and Pauktutiit Inuit Women of Canada, makes her a perfect fit for this portfolio. She will be a strong voice for women’s rights and interests in our government and our territory," said Premier Quassa. Minister of Justice, Jeannie Ehaloak, was serving in this role since November 2017... read more.
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