Premier's Statements

September 10, 2020
Premier Joe Savikataaq and Minister of Health George Hickes today released the following joint statement: “Embrace Life Day means different things for different people – Reflection. Grief. Learning. Change. Hope. For us, it’s a time to remember those we’ve lost and celebrate life. Mental health is just as important as physical health. We encourage all Nunavummiut to find time to practice self-care and positive coping skills. Every day is an opportunity to foster positive mental health and well-being, and to help support a healing journey – either your own or that of someone you love. If you... read more.
April 01, 2019
Iqaluit, NU Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: “Twenty years ago today, the landscape of Canada changed forever, thanks to the resiliency, the ingenuity and the resolve of Nunavut Inuit. It’s hard to believe it’s been two decades since the creation of our territory. Twenty years since the realization of a powerful vision, the excitement and possibility, and the almost physical feeling of hope. The reality of progress in Nunavut has not always been as swift as we’d hoped. But we have seen success, growth and tenacity, and have learned so much since 1999. We have... read more.
March 08, 2019
Iqaluit, NU   Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:  “The legacy of Tuberculosis (TB) among Inuit has created generations of pain, trauma and grief. In Nunavut, nearly every family has been negatively affected by the federal government’s treatment of our TB patients in the 1940s, 1950s and1960s.   The mere fact that so many of our loved ones died alone and were never brought home for proper goodbyes remains raw and continues to be inexcusable.  On behalf of the Government of Nunavut, I thank the Prime Minister for delivering this apology, and for the federal... read more.
March 06, 2019
Iqaluit, NU   Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:  “It is with great sadness that I extend my condolences to the family and friends of Charlie Panigoniak on his passing earlier today.  Charlie’s legacy across Nunavut is one of great joy, good humour and inspiring others. His music is more than well-known in Nunavut, it is beloved and treasured in our communities. From his time at the CBC to receiving the Order of Nunavut, his was always a strong voice for Inuit language and the North.  I am thankful to have known Charlie for many years, and especially to have seen... read more.
February 13, 2019
Iqaluit, NU  Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:  “Last night, I had the honour of presenting the one million dollar Arctic Inspiration Prize to the very deserving, Nunavut-based project, Pirurvik - A Place to Grow.   I have always understood the importance of early childhood education grounded in individual needs and traditional child-rearing. The work done through this project to motivate children to learn at their own pace is valuable, and sets children up for long- term success. The program also uses the needs of our communities to shape programming that works... read more.
December 06, 2018
Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: “Today, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we remember the 14 women murdered in Montreal on this day in 1989, and the countless others who have been victimized, hurt or killed by senseless violence.  I share in our mutual grief and look forward to a day where every woman in Nunavut, Canada and across the globe can feel as safe and secure as any man. We remember, and we are committed to changing this horrifying reality.  In a jurisdiction where the rate of family violence is 11 times higher... read more.
October 11, 2018
Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:  “On International Day of the Girl, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect and celebrate the strength, skills, contributions and fierce determination women and girls bring to Nunavut’s communities, organizations and vision.   In a time where we are seeing a collective movement to bring injustices inflicted on women and girls to the forefront, I encourage these conversations to take place in the territory. No matter how uncomfortable they may be, they are necessary and they are valued.  As a male leader, as a father,... read more.
September 10, 2018
Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: “This Embrace Life Day, I ask that Nunavummiut hold onto hope, and celebrate our determination and strength. Our communities are blessed in family, knowledge and potential. We are all connected, and we are all loved. If you need to talk, please contact one of the following: The Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week) at 867-979-3333 or toll-free at 1-800-265-3333. Crisis Services Canada’s online chat at, or call or send a text 1-833-456-4566. Isaksimagit Inuusirmi... read more.
August 16, 2018
(Iqaluit, NU)  Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: "On behalf of Nunavummiut, I want to offer congratulations to Natan Obed on his re-election as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. His work over the last three years has put the culture, challenges and priorities of Inuit on the national and international stages. I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship, advocating for Nunavut Inuit. We are stronger together. I’m confident we can use our common voice to ensure fair recognition and representation of Inuit in initiatives like suicide prevention,... read more.
July 18, 2018
(Moncton, NB) - Northern Premiers today extend their congratulations to new members of the Government of Canada’s Cabinet and look forward to working with all Ministers and the Prime Minister to continue to advance northern priorities. Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq are eager to work with the Ministers to advance the needs of northerners in recognition of the unique circumstances in their jurisdictions. In particular, northern Premiers will continue to stress the need for a more flexible approach to federal-territorial... read more.