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Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith joins Inuit leadership for meeting of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee (ICPC) in Nain, Nunatsiavut.

by ahnationtalk on June 2, 202378 Views

On May 12 Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith joined his fellow Inuit leaders in meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ministers Hadju (Indigenous Services), Minister Lametti (Justice), Minister Miller (Crown-Indigenous Relations), and Minister Vandal (Northern Affairs) along with Treasury Board President Mona Fortier. This meeting of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee (ICPC) was held in Nain, Nunatsiavut, and was this year’s annual meeting between the Chair and the Prime Minister of Canada.

This year marks the fifth year since the creation (under the leadership of Chair Smith) of ICPC. This meeting included a review of the successes and challenges of ICPC generally, amongst other key national, Inuit, and Inuvialuit priorities.

Of note, ICPC has given IRC and other Inuit leaders a chance to work with Canada to advance work that has resulted in major benefits. Past successes of ICPC include:

  • The Inuit Childrens’ First Initiative, which has supported hundreds of Inuvialuit children and families in need of support or assistance;
  • an Inuit-specific approach to Early Childhood Education funding to enhance Early Childhood Education in Inuvialuit communities;
  • Increased support to Inuvialuit students in university or college under the Inuit Post-Secondary Education Strategy;
  • Inuit Housing Funding, which has funded IRC’s Housing Renovation Program, among others;
  • The Nanilavut Initiative to commemorate Inuit who passed away in southern Hospitals during the TB epidemic.

The Nain meeting focused on how best to build on the progress that Inuit and Canada have achieved together while recognizing that certain federal initiatives, such as the disappointing recent federal budget, remind us that there is still much work to do on the path to reconciliation.

Leaders discussed how best to ensure last year’s Inuit Nunangat Policy ( is implemented by Canada and the forthcoming Inuit chapter of the Implementation Plan for Canada’s United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UNDRIP).

The Chair will continue his direct advocacy on behalf of Inuvialuit with Ministerial leadership through ICPC, in addition to working bilaterally directly with Federal departments who support and advance the principles of Inuvialuit and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA).


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