News releases

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.
May 11, 2018
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Council of Federation Literacy Award. Premier Paul Quassa seeks to honour an adult who supports, encourages and shares ways to strengthen literacy skills in Nunavut. The 2018 Nunavut Council of the Federation Literacy Award will recognize someone who supports and inspires others to use Inuktut and develop their literacy skills – oral, written or through artistic expression. Nominate someone who has gone above and beyond to support and encourage others to develop their literacy skills – a student, a teacher, a community volunteer, an Elder or a co-worker.... read more.
May 04, 2018
OTTAWA, ON (May 4, 2018) - Nunavut Premier Paul Quassa, Northwest Territories Premier Robert McLeod and Yukon Premier Sandy Silver met in Ottawa this week to discuss territorial perspectives and common approaches on climate change, carbon pricing, infrastructure funding, and federal policy development in the north. The three premiers had a positive meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and productive discussions with Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.... read more.
March 20, 2018
IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 20, 2018) - Premier Paul Quassa tabled the Government of Nunavut’s mandate for the next four years at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly today. Turaaqtavut – heading towards a goal – lays out five priority areas, guided by Inuit Qaujimajatuqangiit and Inuit Societal Values. "My colleagues and I have created a mandate that reflects our shared priorities to address the overarching needs of Nunavummiut, and realize the vision for Nunavut that led to the creation of our territory and government," said Premier Quassa. "We recognize the work to be done, with a deep... read more.
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