Mr. Speaker, I’m excited to demonstrate our government’s commitment to Inuit employment at the highest levels of the public service. Each department and agency can now assign an Associate Deputy Minister to work as a core member of their executive team.
The new role is structured to enable qualified Nunavut Inuit to assume senior level responsibilities over time, and to gain experience and essential skills through a program of mentorship, structured teamwork and focused preparation. Each associate will shadow and report directly to the deputy head of a department or agency.
The creation of Inuit associate roles in all departments for up to three years reflects a commitment of the Katujjiluta mandate to pursue a representative public service as required by Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement. I look forward to seeing more departments introduce Associate Deputy Ministers to be the future leaders of our public service.
Thank you, Mr. Speaker.