Minister's Statements

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the long public service of Deputy Commissioner Rebekah Williams. A Member of the Legislative Assembly for Quttiktuq from 2000 until 2004, Rebekah retired from a career with the Government of Nunavut, and was sworn in as deputy commissioner in 2019. Originally from Arctic Bay, Rebekah lives in Iqaluit with her husband Glenn, and together they have children and grandchildren. She spent many years working on the frontlines as a Community Social Worker, and as a Community Justice Specialist. Mr. Speaker, 25 years ago, Rebekah Williams was asked by Nunavut… read more.
Mr. Speaker, when we celebrate our territorial holiday this year, we will mark three decades since the Nunavut Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act passed in Parliament on July 9, 1993. On that day, the Crown recognized Nunavut Inuit harvesting rights and land and resource management rights over 1.9 million square kilometres of Canada’s Arctic. Canada also formally transferred ownership of 351,000 square kilometres of land to Inuit. Mr. Speaker, our land claim is with us every day. It determines the acts of government, the relationship between government and Inuit, and the role we play in… read more.
Mr. Speaker, Qulliq Energy Corporation is pleased to announce the approval of four indeterminate apprenticeship positions within the organization. This is a significant and timely step coming after the Inuit employment arbitration decision of March 25, 2023. It is a demonstration of QEC’s commitment to supporting the Inuit Employment Plan and increasing the number of Inuit employees within the corporation. These apprenticeship positions will provide valuable training and experience to individuals interested in pursuing rewarding careers in the energy industry. Each of the four positions will… 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 share that I am now the proud owner of a Toronto Maple Leaf’s jersey gifted to me by the Honourable Premier of Ontario Doug Ford. While I won’t comment on my sports loyalties today, Mr. Speaker, I can say I am thrilled to share that during my visit to Toronto on August 3rd, Premier Ford and I signed a Memorandum of Understanding between our jurisdictions. Mr. Speaker, through this agreement, Nunavut and Ontario have a new platform to explore areas like health care, transportation, infrastructure, training, and Indigenous relations. Nunavut and Ontario have a… read more.