Minister's Statements

Mr. Speaker, I rise to mark International Women’s Day, and to recognize strong Inuit women who serve as models for all the young girls and women of Nunavut. In Ottawa, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon is the first Inuk and first Indigenous woman to serve as the Governor General of Canada. We also have Lori Idlout as our member of Parliament, representing the voices of Nunavummiut in Ottawa. Here at home, the Honourable Eva Aariak is the Commissioner of Nunavut and a former Premier. First elected to the Legislative Assembly in 2008, she has been a champion for women in our… read more.
Mr. Speaker, it is always my pleasure to promote and congratulate Nunavummiut who demonstrate excellence, innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity. It is my great honour today, Mr. Speaker, to congratulate Nunavut’s finalists and winners of the prestigious Arctic Inspiration Prize. Mr. Speaker, the Arctic Inspiration Prize provides much needed attention and funding to projects that help improve our communities and the lives of our people, expand our knowledge, and inspire change in the fields of education, health, culture, environmental stewardship, and the economy. I attended this year… read more.
Mr. Speaker, on February 8th, I had the honour of visiting the Embassy of the United States of America in Ottawa to meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Canada, the Honourable David Cohen. Ambassador Cohen invited me to meet with him to establish a relationship between Nunavut and the United States. Mr. Speaker, in our meeting I focused on the significance of Arctic sovereignty and security for Canada and the U.S. Ambassador Cohen generously offered to collaborate on bipartisan issues and to connect our government with officials in his network. Mr. Speaker, Ambassador Cohen joined me on… read more.