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Premier Savikataaq congratulates ITK President

16 August 2018 

Premier Joe Savikataaq today released the following statement:

“On behalf of Nunavummiut, I want to offer congratulations to Natan Obed on his re-election as President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. His work over the last three years has put the culture, challenges and priorities of Inuit on the national and international stages.

I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship, advocating for Nunavut Inuit. We are stronger together. I’m confident we can use our common voice to ensure fair recognition and representation of Inuit in initiatives like suicide prevention, the Indigenous Rights’ Framework, the Arctic Policy Framework, and improvements to the Nutrition North program.

Thank you for your work so far, and all the best as you move onto your second term.”


Media Contact:

Cate Macleod
Press Secretary
Office of Premier Savikataaq


Natan Obed re elected head of Canada’s national Inuit group – CP

Source: The Canadian Press – Broadcast wire
Aug 16, 2018

INUVIK, N.W.T. – Canada’s national Inuit organization has re-elected Natan Obed as its leader.

The vote was taken today in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

It’s Obed’s second term at the helm of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents 60,000 Inuit people across Canada.

Obed has brought greater profile to the concerns of Inuit as the federal government tries to reconcile with Indigenous people.

He has also not been afraid of controversy and has called for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League to change their name.

(The Canadian Press)


Baffinland submits Final Environmental Impact Statement Addendum for Phase 2

OAKVILLE, ON, August 16, 2018 – Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (Baffinland) announced today that it has submitted the Environmental Impact Statement for its Mary River Project Phase 2 to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). Baffinland is seeking a coordinated review process whereby the informational requirements for the NIRB environmental assessment review process and the Nunavut Water Board licensing process are undertaken jointly.

The study outlines the development of Baffinland’s proposed 12-million tonne expansion project and associated effects assessment. The project is highlighted by the development of a railway from the Mary River Mine to Milne Inlet Port, and associated infrastructure. The expansion represents the first step of Baffinland’s larger expansion program, which also includes the previously-approved construction of a railway from the Mary River Mine, travelling south to Steensby Inlet.

Brian Penney, Baffinland President and CEO stated: “The submission of this report represents a significant milestone in the development of our Phase 2 Expansion Program. The expansion of the Mary River Mine is critical to the long-term viability of our operation, and the key to bring enhanced benefits to the North Baffin communities and our partners.”

Public consultation has been an ongoing component of the expansion application process. Led by the NIRB, the permitting process will now move to a public consultation phase, which will include activities across the North Baffin region. The goal of these activities is for the NIRB and Baffinland to listen to, and meaningfully consider feedback from community members as the projects plans move forward.

About Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation

Jointly owned by Nunavut Iron Ore and ArcelorMittal, Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation operates a high-grade iron ore mine located on Baffin Island, Nunavut. Our mine produces the highest grade of direct shipping iron ore in the world. Baffinland has applied for permits to increase annual shipments to 12 million tonnes. Baffinland is committed to operating the Mary River Mine in an environmentally and socially responsible manner that benefits all stakeholders.

Media inquiries can be directed to:
Jason Leite
Communications Specialist
Phone: (416) 364-8820
ext. 5032 Cell: (416) 529-2624


ITK Election Results – Natan Obed re-elected President of ITK

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – Inuvik, Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Natan Obed has been re-elected President of Inuit Tapiriit Kantami by delegates from the four Inuit regions and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada at the ITK Annual General Meeting in Inuvik.

Obed was sworn in as President and officially closed the AGM.

To schedule an interview with the newly elected ITK President:

ITK Communications
613-238-8181; 613-292-4482


ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᑲᓂᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓄᑦ

ᓯᑕᒻᒥᖅ, ᐋᒡᒌᓯ 16, 2018 – ᐃᓅᕕᒃ, ᐃᓄᕕᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᑦ

ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᑲᓐᓂᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᓄᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᓄᑦ ᑭᒡᒐᖅᑐᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᔪᖁᑎᖏᑦᑕ ᑎᒥᖁᑎᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑐᓕᒫᕐᒥᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᔨᒻᒪᕆᖏᓐᓄᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑲᑎᒪᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑎᖓᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓅᕕᖕᒥᑦ.

ᓈᑖᓐ ᐆᐱᑦ ᐊᖏᖅᑎᑕᐅᓚᐅᖅᑐᖅ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖑᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᕐᕌᒍᑕᒫᖅᓯᐅᑦ ᑲᑎᒪᓂᖅ ᒪᑐᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂ.

ᐊᐱᖅᓱᕈᒪᒍᕕᐅᒃ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑕᐅᓵᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᖓᔪᖅᑳᖓᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᕕᒋᓗᒍ:

ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓕᕆᔨᖏᑦ
613-238-8181; 613-292-4482


Race against time: Engineers use Apex River to refill Iqaluit’s water supply before freeze up – CBC

If all goes to plan, the city will have moved 400 million litres of water before winter sets in

Aug 16, 2018

Iqaluit’s public water supply will start getting a refill in the next few days as the city begins to pump water from the Apex River into the Lake Geraldine reservoir.

There is construction work underway at the end of the Road to Nowhere alongside the Apex River, near the Iqaluit shooting range.

“The pumps are getting placed in the deeper part of the Apex,” said Matthew Follett, a civil engineer with Stantec’s Iqaluit office, pointing out over the river.

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Dene Nat’l chief wants Indigenous judge appointed – CKLB

August 15, 2018

The outgoing Dene National Chief is calling on officials to appoint an Indigenous judge in the Northwest Territories.

Bill Erasmus says that ideally at least fifty percent of the judges in the NWT should be if Indigenous descent, reflecting the Indigenous population of the territory.

The NWT is currently in the process of hiring a territorial court judge to replace Bernadette Schmaltz who retired in May of this year.

Erasmus says the person appointed as judge should be extremely well aware of Indegenous rights in Canada and a specialist in Indigenous law.

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K’atl’odeeche First Nation commemorates site of former residential school, rectory and churches – CBC

‘These kids deserve to be remembered and honoured,’ says K’atl’odeeche Chief Roy Fabian

Aug 16, 2018

Members of the K’atl’odeeche First Nation gathered Wednesday for the unveiling of a new Parks Canada plaque that recognizes the important but strained historic relationship between the Dene of the South Slave and Euro-Canadian settlers.

The plaque commemorates the Hay River Missions National Historic Site.

The site was once home to a hospital, residential school, rectory, cemetery and Anglican and Catholic churches. Some of the structures are still standing, many in varying stages of decay.

K’atl’odeeche Chief Roy Fabian’s grandmother was one of the first students to attend the mission school.

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Whitehorse Correctional Centre inspection report released, next steps announced

August 15, 2018

The final report of the independent inspection of the Whitehorse Correctional Centre (WCC) was released today.

The report by Mr. David Loukidelis includes 40 recommendations to improve the delivery of programs and services at the correctional centre and better serve inmates who have mental wellness needs.

The Government of Yukon continues to review the final report and has undertaken preliminary work to implement its recommendations. An implementation working group is being formed with representation from First Nations governments and justice system partners that will provide the insight required to ensure the recommendations are acted on in a collaborative and meaningful way.

We are committed to improving the Whitehorse Correctional Centre with a focus on mental health and addiction treatment services. Mr. Loukidelis conducted a thorough inspection of our service delivery model and engaged extensively with stakeholders and Yukon First Nations. His final report and recommendations have provided us with valuable guidance as we work with our partners to grow confidence in the correctional centre’s operations and enhance the administration of justice in the territory.

Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee

I welcome the Yukon government’s commitment to improving outcomes for WCC clients who struggle with addictions and mental wellness challenges. Helping them improve their lives is the right thing to do, and will help Yukon’s communities. I urge government to stay the course, to work collaboratively with First Nations governments and partners, and to bring about meaningful change as soon as possible.

David Loukidelis, Queen’s Counsel

Quick Facts

  • Minister of Justice called for an inspection at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre in September 2017, under Section 36 of the Yukon Corrections Act, 2009, to identify areas where the government can improve policies and practices that may have an impact upon the mental health of inmates, including those related to placement, treatment and available programs.
  • The inspector, David Loukidelis, presented his final report to the Deputy Minister of Justice on May 15, 2018, after examining the facility, conducting interviews with First Nations and community members, and accessing information and records he deemed essential for a thorough and meaningful inspection.
  • The final inspection report provides recommendations that fall broadly within four areas: mental health services, segregation and separate confinement practices, First Nations programming and services, and governance and administration.
  • The Deputy Minister of Justice has written a letter to the Minister of Justice outlining the department’s plans and next steps in response to the inspection report.


Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

Megan Foreman
Communications, Justice


Gene mapping holds promise for Arctic residents: researchers – Nunatsiaq News

August 16, 2018

In Greenland, genes point the way to better prevention and treatment

COPENHAGEN—Personalized health care is on its way to the Arctic.

This care, using “precision medicine,” will involve the use of genetic testing to guide the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of many chronic illnesses or rare diseases.

The many possibilities of this new targeted health care were highlighted many times during the International Congress of Circumpolar Heath this week in Copenhagen.

“it will translate genetic technology into health care,” and improve prevention and detection, said medical geneticist Dr. Laura Arbour, speaking at a conference plenary on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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Government of Canada Honours National Historic Significance of Hay River Missions

August 15, 2018  Hay River, Northwest Territories    Parks Canada Agency

Located on the lands of K’atl’oceeche First Nation, the historic structures and cemeteries of the Hay River Missions National Historic Site reflects decades of interaction between Indigenous and settler populations.

Today, Ms. Lisa Prosper, Northwest Territories Member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, commemorated the national historic significance of the Hay River Missions on the Hay River Reserve in the Northwest Territories. The announcement was made on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna. A special ceremony was held at the Hay River Missions National Historic Site and was attended by the K’atl’oceeche First Nation community.

Situated at the mouth of the Hay River on the traditional lands of the South Slavey Dene, the Hay River Missions reflect an important period in relations between Dene and newcomers in the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. The K’atl’odeeche First Nation and the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches forged significant relationships at these missions, which encompassed St. Peter’s Anglican Church and Ste. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church, as well as a hospital, cemeteries, and other structures built over the course of several decades.

The historic structures and cemeteries are part of a cultural landscape that speaks to the blending of Indigenous and Christian beliefs in the early period of settlement in the Northwest Territories. Between 1893 and 1937, the site was also home to St. Peter’s Indian Residential School, which was attended by Indigenous students from as far away as Fort Chipewyan and Fort Norman, Northwest Territories, and Wrigley, Alberta.

The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places, and events that shaped our country’s history. The Government has recently announced funding for Parks Canada to incorporate Indigenous views, history and heritage into national parks and national historic sites. This is part of the Government’s commitment to implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Parks Canada is committed to working in partnership with Indigenous peoples to recognize, commemorate and share Indigenous histories. Working together with more than 300 Indigenous communities across Canada, Parks Canada and Indigenous peoples are partners in conserving, restoring, and presenting Canada’s natural and cultural heritage.


“The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am pleased to commemorate the national historic significance of the Hay River Missions. The site constitutes an important cultural resource, illustrative of a crucial stage in Dene and Euro-Canadian relations. Historic designations, like the Hay River Missions National Historic Site, reflect the rich and varied history of Canada and provide an opportunity for all Canadians to discover and connect with our diverse heritage.”

Michael McLeod,
Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  • Long before the establishment of the missions, the K’atl’odeeche First Nation lived along the K’atl’odeeche (Hay River) in the Northwest Territories. Since early times, Dene would gather for summer fishing at the mouth of the river, which also served as a gathering place in their seasonal round.
  • In the 1890s, a group of Dene that settled at the mouth of the K’atl’odeeche (Hay River), petitioned for missionaries to be sent to the community and, in response, a resident Anglican missionary arrived in 1893.
  • The Anglicans ran the St. Peter’s Indian Residential School at the mission site. It started as a day school in 1893 with five local students and expanded in 1895 to include a dormitory. The residential school was closed in 1937. Through national historic designations, as well as interpretive programs and materials, Parks Canada is ensuring that Canadians have opportunities to learn about the full scope of our history, including the difficult periods that are part of our past.
  • Parks Canada is committed to a system of national heritage places that commemorates the contributions of Indigenous peoples, their history and cultures, as well as the special relationship Indigenous peoples have with traditional lands and waters.
  • Indigenous peoples have been on the landscape since time immemorial and played a role in managing and conserving the natural and cultural heritage of these areas long before they were known as national parks and national historic sites.
  • Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada’s history.

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Parks Canada

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