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Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee Uses Inuvik Meeting To Advance Second Year Priorities

Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee

The Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee is a bilateral mechanism for advancing work on shared priority areas between Inuit and the federal government. The recent June 26 meeting in Inuvik provided an opportunity for Inuit leaders and federal Ministers to review progress on the seven priority areas defined in year one of the Committee and discuss concrete actions to move forward on work plans and the eight priorities for the second year of the Committee as identified by Inuit and the Crown during the annual meeting with the Prime Minister in March 2018.

The Committee discussed opportunities to advance better outcomes for K-12 education for Inuit as well as child and family services, in particular developing an Inuit-specific Child-First Initiative. The leaders adopted revised one year work plans on priorities such as housing, health and wellness, and education, early learning, and skills development. The Committee also discussed the Arctic Policy Framework and northern infrastructure, and Inuktut revitalization, maintenance, protection, and promotion.

“I am encouraged by the decisions made yesterday to adopt revised work plans that will guide Inuit-Crown action on our shared priorities in the coming year," said Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. "Having Inuit leaders at the table with federal ministers allows for frank and open discussion, and identification of the solutions and actions required to create prosperity for Inuit and in turn all Canadians.”

In addition, members of the Committee raised the primacy of the full implementation of Inuit land claims agreements, which form the legal foundation of the relationship between Inuit and the Crown, as well as the ongoing work by the federal government on the Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework. This included discussions around the establishment of the modern treaty implementation review commission.

The conversations included a commitment to work in partnership to implement the actions outlined in the revised work plans before the spring of 2019. The decisions made during this meeting help ensure that work on shared Inuit-Crown priorities continues to be pragmatic and fulsome, benefiting Inuit and in turn all Canadians.

"I am very pleased with concrete actions we have taken to advance the priorities in Inuit Nunangat and the steps we have taken together towards true reconciliation and a brighter future for Inuit,” said The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs.

About the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee

The Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee was created in February 2017 and was founded on the principle that an equal partnership between Inuit and the Crown is essential to the reconciliation process.  The Committee meets quarterly and once per year the Prime Minister participates to co-chair the meeting with the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization.

The Committee includes the Prime Minister and relevant federal ministers to the priority areas identified. For Inuit, the Committee includes the elected leaders of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation and the Nunatsiavut Government. Presidents of the National Inuit Youth Council, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council are members of the Committee as observers.

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If you have any questions about the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, please contact:

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Tel: (613) 238-8181