Minister's Statements

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about my participation in the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska. On April 7 and 8, I had the opportunity to take part in this year’s symposium and present on a panel titled “Heathy Communities, Resilient Communities: Insights from the Arctic.” In the discussion I was able to share lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and how these lessons can be applied to the challenges ahead, such as the ongoing threat to Arctic sovereignty and security. Mr. Speaker, the Arctic Encounter Symposium is the largest annual Arctic policy event in the… 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.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about my recent meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau about the Katujjiluta mandate. On May 12, I met with the Prime Minister for the third time since becoming Premier. This meeting was focused on joint priorities outlined in our mandate. Mr. Speaker, in our meeting we emphasized the importance of collaboration between the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and other Inuit organizations on issues such as housing in the North. The Prime Minister and I agreed on the urgency of closing the housing gap in Nunavut and its connection to other… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal’s recent visit to Iqaluit. On April 12 and 13 I had the opportunity to meet with Minister Vandal as he travelled to Iqaluit to discuss Budget 2022 investments in Nunavut. Mr. Speaker, during his Iqaluit visit, Minister Vandal and I toured one of the recently constructed Government of Nunavut social housing units. The unit was an accessible home made to accommodate an individual with mobility issues, such as an Elder. That unit is one of over 100 newly constructed homes in Nunavut, built… read more.
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 speak about the establishment of the Nunavut Partnership Committee between the Government of Nunavut (GN) and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) On March 25, President Aluki Kotierk and I signed a declaration to formalize our working relationship in Cambridge Bay. Mr. Speaker, this partnership declaration is another step towards our ongoing efforts to strengthen the Government of Nunavut’s working relations with NTI. This commitment followed the release of the Katujjiluta Mandate, which was developed in collaboration with Nunavut’s Inuit Organizations. The creation… read more.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak about the 29th annual Indspire Awards. On May 12, I was proud to be in attendance as Nunavut’s Melissa Attagutsiak was presented with the 2022 Indspire Award for Youth. Her father accepted the award on her behalf. Mr. Speaker, Melissa is a fashion designer, owner of Nuvuja9, and student at Nunavut’s Arctic College. Melissa showcased her first collection titled “Sinaa” during the International Indigenous Fashion Week in Paris, France. Her work features traditional materials such as seal fur. Through fashion Melissa celebrates her Inuit culture and… read more.