Minister's Statements

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine is a threat to global security, the stability of Arctic communities and the continuity of Arctic cooperation. Nunavut condemns this unjustified violation of international law and supports the strong sanctions Canada has imposed on Russia. Mr. Speaker, I stand united with the premiers of Yukon and Northwest Territories in expressing concern about Arctic defence and security. Russia’s aggression will inevitably impact Arctic affairs and threaten valued institutions such… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today, the day after International Women’s Day, to acknowledge and recognize the incredible contributions and leadership of Rebecca Kudloo, the outgoing President of Pauktuutit. Mr. Speaker, I am honored to celebrate the dedication and tireless efforts of Ms. Kudloo in advocating for equality and access to essential services for Inuit Women. Originally from Igloolik, Nunavut, Rebecca Kadloo has served for three terms as Pauktuutit’s President. However, Ms. Kudloo’s advocacy work started long before her time at Pauktuutit, for over 36 years she has been promoting… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to table the sixth assembly’s mandate titled Katujjiluta. As mentioned in the Commissioner’s address the process that led to the development of this mandate was historic. For the first time in our territory, the Government of Nunavut’s mandate was developed through a dialogue between all Members of the Legislative Assembly, the leadership of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and Nunavut’s three Regional Inuit Organizations. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank all my colleagues, especially the regular MLAs for accepting my invitation to help develop this mandate – I know the final… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge our frontline workers and service providers. They were the heroes who kept us going in difficult times. I also want to speak about the various supports the Government of Nunavut provided during this latest wave of COVID-19. Mr. Speaker, Nunavut’s municipalities played an essential role in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in our territory. Four million was allocated to municipalities to provide support for critical local services. Community stations, which are essential to keeping Nunavummiut informed, received an additional $375,000 for ongoing… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share with my colleagues the very constructive discussions that took place during the Northern Premiers’ Caucus, on February 3. Mr. Speaker, the territorial Premiers meet annually at the Northern Premiers’ Forum to advance northern interests, discuss issues of common interest and concern, and develop made-in-the-North solutions. Mr. Speaker, this was my first Northern Premiers’ Forum as Premier of Nunavut. Our meeting focused on key northern priorities such as infrastructure, housing, the Arctic and Northern Policy Framework and climate change to name a few. Mr… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate International Women’s Day. While this day commemorates the social, political, and economic achievements of women across the globe, it also highlights the ongoing work towards gender equality; to the need to break the gender biases in our society, and to the fight to stop violence and abuse towards women and girls. On this day, I would like to recognize the strong, resilient, successful women in Nunavut who made and continue to make a difference. I want to begin with our Commissioner, Eva Aariak. Ms. Aariak has had a distinguished career in politics… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to inform my colleagues about the February 4 Council of the Federation (COF) meeting I attended via video conference. Mr. Speaker, the Council of the Federation provides a forum where Canada’s Premiers meet to advance their priorities, by working collaboratively on key issues of common interest. Throughout the meeting I was impressed by the dedication, energy, and passion each of my colleagues demonstrated, not only for their respective jurisdictions but also for the challenges we collectively face. Mr. Speaker, our discussions focused on an urgent and essential… read more.