Northern Premiers’ Forum (June 16, 2015)—Premier Peter Taptuna, Premier Robert McLeod and Premier Darrell Pasloski met today in Kugluktuk, Nunavut where they discussed shared priorities and continued cooperation in building a better North. At the top of the agenda was territorial infrastructure, which is a key pillar of the Premiers’ joint document, A Northern Vision, and recognized by the three territories as a foundation of strong communities and resilient economies.
While all jurisdictions are facing the costs of aging infrastructure, governments in the North are working to develop infrastructure such as port facilities, airports, highways, housing and energy to support economic drivers including post-secondary education, resource extracting industries, training, science and technology. Premiers agreed on the need for ongoing investment in key infrastructure in the territories to aid economic development and to ensure community access to markets and government services.
In addition, Premiers discussed a range of priorities and areas of collaboration under the following themes.
- Climate change—the Premiers acknowledged the significant investments all three territories continue to make in climate change adaptation and emissions reduction, including cleaner energy production, and technology and innovation.
- Energy—the Premiers emphasized the strong economic potential for the energy resources industry in the territories and look forward to discussing the Canadian Energy Strategy at the meeting of Canada’s Premiers in July in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Northern science—the Premiers recognized the importance of science to the achievement of northern aspirations and have committed to develop a pan-territorial approach to science.
Also at the meeting, Premiers reiterated the importance of work by provinces and territories to ensure that fewer Aboriginal children become part of the child welfare system. Premiers also discussed work at a territorial and pan-Canadian level to end violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Congratulating Minister Aglukkaq on the accomplishments of the Canadian chairmanship of the Arctic Council, Premiers committed to working together to ensure that northern residents’ interests are reflected in the Arctic Council’s work under the U.S. chairmanship, and to continuing to explore opportunities to work with Canada, the Permanent Participants and circumpolar neighbours.
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Office of Premier Taptuna
Government of Nunavut
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Government of Yukon