News releases

Iqaluit, Nunavut (August 23, 2023) – The Government of Nunavut has committed to donating $250,000 to the United Way Northwest Territories (NWT) Emergency Response Fund to support residents impacted by wildfire. Thousands of NWT residents have been ordered to evacuate due to the threat of nearby wildfires, and the danger has not yet passed. To assist all those who have been and continue to be affected and displaced, these funds will be disbursed to residents and to various organizations providing supports and resources for evacuated residents. The Territorial Emergency Management… read more.
Iqaluit, Nunavut (August 17, 2023) – The Government of Nunavut remains committed to supporting our neighbours and ensuring all Nunavut residents affected by wildfires in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are safe after last night’s decision by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to evacuate the City of Yellowknife by Friday at noon, local time. “Our hearts are heavy in Nunavut today as we look to our neighbours in the Northwest Territories where wildfires are devastating their communities. We have connected personally with our friend and colleague, NWT Premier Caroline Cochrane… read more.
Toronto, Ontario (August 3, 2023) – Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok and Ontario Premier Doug Ford today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deepen cooperation on a wide range of joint priorities, including health care, transportation, infrastructure and Indigenous relations. "Nunavut and Ontario have a long history as partners and I want to thank Premier Ford for his strong support of our territory,” said Premier P.J. Akeeagok. “For many Nunavummiut, Ontario is a primary travel hub. Whether it’s to access post-secondary education, obtain specialized health care, or for shopping and… read more.
WINNIPEG, July 12, 2023 – Canada’s Premiers concluded their annual summer meeting with a discussion of key economic priorities to support future growth and prosperity. Seizing the economic opportunities of the future is a focus for all Premiers. This includes supporting environmental stewardship along with economic growth and competitiveness to sustainably build the economy now, and for the next generations. Key priorities discussed today by Premiers include: • competitiveness, Canada-United States relations and trade; • strategic infrastructure; • energy security and critical minerals; and… read more.
WINNIPEG, July 11, 2023 – Canada’s Premiers began their annual summer meeting by expressing their support for communities across the country coping with the effects of wildfires and praising the dedication of emergency responders in these challenging times. At their meeting today, Premiers focused on provincial and territorial actions to support the top priorities of Canadians, including affordability and improving health care. All Canadians deserve access to affordable housing and other necessities, timely health services, safe and resilient communities, and good jobs. In the face of major… read more.
WHISTLER, B.C. – Premiers of Canada’s Western provinces and territories met in Whistler to discuss approaches to diversify and strengthen their shared economy, and opportunities to build future prosperity. Premiers discussed the ongoing wildfire crisis and the serious threat catastrophic weather events pose to communities, the economy and critical infrastructure. They will continue to work together, and with the federal government, to support communities and ensure adequate resources are available to keep people safe and reduce threats to homes and livelihoods. Western Premiers had… read more.
Iqaluit, Nunavut (May 15, 2023) – The Department of Education is piloting a project to test the feasibility of implementing a full-day kindergarten program in Nunavut. Nanook School (Apex), Victor Sammurtok School (Chesterfield Inlet), Qaqqalik School (Kimmirut), Jimmy Hikok Ilihakvik (Kugluktuk), and Inuglak School (Whale Cove) will be running a full-day kindergarten pilot starting this fall. These schools were chosen for the pilot based on the amount of capital renovations each would need to support the program and to represent each region. Minister of Education Pamela Hakongak Gross,… read more.
May 8 to 14 is National Nursing Week, and this year’s theme is Our Nurses. Our Future. The Department of Health would like to take this time to recognize the many roles that nurses play throughout a patient’s healthcare journey. The global COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the commitment and dedication of Nunavut’s nursing staff. While they continued to work at the frontlines of patient care, Nunavut's nurses adeptly shifted into various roles to protect the health and safety of all Nunavummiut. This year's theme also speaks of growing and retaining a strong locally-trained workforce. To that… read more.
May 2, 2023 Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister’s Office Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Nunavut, P.J. Akeeagok, released the following joint statement: “During today’s meeting we made progress on some key priorities that will make a real difference in the lives of Nunavummiut, the residents of Nunavut. Our bilateral meeting took place as part of ‘Nunavut on the Hill’, a two-day working visit to Parliament where Nunavut’s Cabinet participates in meetings with the federal government. Especially on housing, health care, climate change, Arctic security and sovereignty… read more.
Iqaluit, Nunavut (April 28, 2023) – Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) and NCC Development Limited (NCCD) are pleased to announce the signing of design-build contracts for the construction of 150 new public housing units across eight (8) Nunavut communities. Construction will commence in Fall 2023. The design-build contracts are part of the 2023-24 Public Housing Delivery Plan under Igluliuqatigiingniq, also referred to as the Nunavut 3000 Strategy. The design-build negotiated construction contracts for 132 public housing units outside of Iqaluit include 20 new units in each of Arviat,… read more.