Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Nunavut Premier P.J. Akeeagok

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Nunavut, P.J. Akeeagok

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Premier of Nunavut, P.J. Akeeagok, to discuss shared priorities.

The Prime Minister and Premier discussed progress in addressing housing needs in Nunavut and the territory’s plan to build 3,000 homes by 2030. They agreed on the need for close cooperation between orders of governments, as well as Inuit and other key partners to fill the housing gap.

The two leaders agreed to continue advancing discussions on reaching a bilateral health agreement that recognizes the unique circumstances of the North. They discussed infrastructure needs in the North, particularly as it relates to Arctic security and sovereignty, and the importance of collaborating to meet local needs and supporting economic reconciliation with Inuit.

Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Akeeagok also highlighted the collective work undertaken by the governments of Canada and Nunavut as well as Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), the legal body representing Inuit and their treaty rights in the territory, to reach a Nunavut Devolution Final Agreement. The leaders agreed that all involved must continue collaborating to achieve a final agreement so that Nunavummiut, the inhabitants of Nunavut, will finally have full decision-making power over their lands and resources.

The Prime Minister and Premier reflected on the strong partnership between the two orders of government and looked forward to continued collaboration in support of these and other key priorities for Nunavummiut.


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