Minister's Statements

Mr. Speaker, Qulliq Energy Corporation is excited to announce that the corporation’s brand-new head office in Baker Lake is open for business. The utility’s administrative employees and services are now available at 3091 6th Street for those customers wishing to pay their bills or make inquiries in person. Its construction is a testament to QEC’s significant investment in better serving customers across the territory and supporting the local community. The new facility also marks an important milestone for the corporation and its employees. With the introduction of a unified and organized… 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, children are the future of our territory. As Premier, and as a father, I am deeply disheartened by yesterday’s report by Auditor General of Canada Karen Hogan that says the delivery of child and family services in Nunavut is in a crisis state. Mr. Speaker, as children are involved, our response must be swift. With the full support of Cabinet, the government is unlocking the resources necessary to enable the Departments of Family Services, Health, and Human Resources to respond financially and with increased human capacity. The Department of Executive and Intergovernmental… 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, Today I want to acknowledge the organizers of the Nunavut Trade Show and Conference and the Kivalliq Trade Show. Mr. Speaker, I had the opportunity to witness the results of the hard work and dedication by the Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Kivalliq Trade Show Society. The business communities in our regions are strong. They are made of connected leaders – some with many years of experience and some being mentored to take the lead. In Iqaluit, the Nunavut Trade Show and Conference celebrated its 30th anniversary. The gathering brought together Nunavut businesses,… 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, As Premier it has been my privilege to sit at the table of all Canada’s premiers. Mr. Speaker, on July 11 and 12, the Council of the Federation gathered for an annual meeting to focus our efforts on strong communities and economic growth for a thriving Canada. Mr. Speaker, these two days of round table discussions ranged from housing, affordability, and Arctic sovereignty and security to trade corridors, critical minerals, and climate action.   As a result of this meeting, Canada’s premiers are now calling for a meeting with the Prime Minister to move forward on a… 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, This year, I had the privilege to spend Nunavut Day at Qaumajuq at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The new museum is home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. Nunavut, especially our Kivalliq region, is closely tied to Manitoba. It was an outstanding experience to spend our territorial holiday in Winnipeg on July 9. I had travelled there to attend an annual meeting of Canada’s premiers. It was fitting to attend and speak at the signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding between the Manitoba Inuit Association and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.… 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.