GNWT and IRC hold first Intergovernmental Meeting of the 18th Legislative Assembly

INUVIK (April 20, 2016) –  Premier Bob McLeod, Members of the Executive Council of the 18th Legislative Assembly and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation’s Board of Directors met in Inuvik on April 15 to discuss matters of common interest.

This was the second meeting between the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) since they signed the intergovernmental agreement on April 27, 2015.  The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Government of the Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Agreement on Programs and Services Cooperation and Coordination recognizes the importance of the government-to-government relationship between the GNWT and IRC. 

The meeting in Inuvik focused on the following areas:

  • GNWT Fiscal Update
  • NWT Census
  • Environmental Impact Screening Committee
  • Affirmative Action Statistics and GNWT Hiring Practices
  • Transboundary Water Management Intergovernmental Agreement
  • Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway Project Update
  • Federal/Provincial/Territorial Meetings Updates
  • Inuvialuit Final Agreement Implementation
  • Oil Spills
  • Offshore Revenue Negotiations
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Health Delivery
  • Family Services

Premier McLeod and Chair and CEO Smith agreed today’s meeting was very productive, characterized by informative discussions on a wide range of topics from education to Offshore Revenue Negotiations.  Both parties look forward to continuing this ongoing dialogue as per the signed MOU. 

Formalizing relationships through regular bilateral meetings is a key part of the 18th Legislative Assembly’s new approach to building partnerships with Aboriginal governments, through a spirit of respect, recognition and responsibility.

This new relationship provides both governments an opportunity to have more productive meetings by having an agenda and shared common briefing notes shared in advance of the meetings and commits both governments to meet at least once a year.  The meeting is also structured to produce outcomes and timely deliverables. 

For more information, contact:

Andrew Livingstone
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Department of the Executive                                                                                                    
Government of the Northwest Territories
Box 1320 Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9                                                                                                        
Tel: (867) 767-9140 ext. 11091                                                                                                       
Cell: (867) 447-0443                                                                                                                              
Fax: (867) 873-0169                                                                                                                           
Email: andrew_livingstone@gov.nt.ca                                                                                    
Web: www.gov.nt.ca

Damien Côté
Chief Operating Officer
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
867-777-7005
Email: dcote@inuvialuit.com
Web: www.inuvialuit.com