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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Inuit leaders meet with federal officials to discuss priorities

Inuit leaders

Key Takeaways:

  • On December 13, the Inuit Crown Partnership Committee met online at Ottawa’s Shaw Convention Centre. They were bringing Inuit leaders from across Inuit Nunangat together.
  • The meeting was co-chaired by Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed.

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President Aluki Kotierk was also present: Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Joyce Murray, Treasury Board of Canada President Mona Fortier, and Justice Minister David Lametti.

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, and Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada President Monica Ell-Kanayuk watched online.

Inuit Crown Partnership Committee; Image from Nunatsiaq News

Among these discussions are addressing economic and social inequality for Inuit and continuing work with the National Action Plan for Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIWG), the Inuit Action Plan, and the federal path to addressing MMIWG.

“I look forward to working with Inuit leaders in collaboration and continued partnership to address your priorities and make changes that will have a long-term impact across Inuit Nunangat,” Miller said.

Obed stated that there were fruitful discussions about implementing the federal budget for 2021 and establishing Inuit priorities for the 2022 budget.

It was also the first time Inuit leaders had met in person in nearly two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Today’s meeting renews our mandate to collaborate to create prosperity for Inuit in Canada,” Obed said.

Source: Nunavutnews

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