Premier's Statements

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.
July 09, 2018
Iqaluit, NU Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement: “This Nunavut Day, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the historic signing of the Nunavut Agreement, I am proud of our many accomplishments. Nunavummiut are determined, resourceful and community-focused. We have always persevered and grown stronger in the face of adversity. Today, we celebrate this resiliency and look to the next 25 years with hope and optimism. Our culture, language, values and innovative spirit will continue to guide us, as we work together to achieve future milestones and accomplishments. I am... read more.