Nunavut Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Newfoundland And Labrador

Mr. Speaker, on February 8th I was honoured to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The longstanding relationship between our regions is founded on common values, culture and heritage, Northern and Arctic geography, and a shared maritime history.

We also face similar challenges as governments, Mr. Speaker. This renewed partnership will help us to jointly advance innovation, enhance responsible economic and social development, and promote diversity and inclusiveness to create and maintain robust and vibrant communities.

Mr. Speaker, as coastal regions, this partnership of government allows us to work together to diversify our economies in areas like fisheries, tourism, and
modern internet connectivity. Together we can strengthen our skilled labour force by partnering in education and training that is relevant and accessible to our remote communities. We can also collaborate on infrastructure that promotes growth for housing and healthcare and contributes to Canadian sovereignty.

Our governments have agreed to establish a Cooperation and Implementation Committee. The committee will jointly develop a framework for cooperation and coordination at the governmental level in areas of mutual interest.

The Honourable Andrew Furey and I signed this MOU at the Northern Lights Conference in Ottawa. It was co-signed for us by our Deputy Premier Pamela Hakongak Gross and for the province by its Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, the Honourable Lisa Dempster.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.