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IRC eager to resume Inuit-Crown Partnership (ICPC) work
With a minority Liberal government now in the 43rd Parliament of Canada, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) credits Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election win and looks to continue working together on realization of joint priorities outlined in the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee. IRC also congratulates the N.W.T. Member of Parliament Michael McLeod on his re-election. IRC expects results with needed investments for adequate housing, infrastructure, with opportunity for economic self-determination in the Region and for Canada.
“We have already learned a lot about co-operation and partnership with this Liberal government since 2015. Inuvialuit are seeing progress with the recognition of our rights and defining processes of real co-leadership,” remarked IRC Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith. “IRC is now prepared for continued inclusion as we work towards specific and sufficient financial commitments in areas including: Inuit Nunangat Housing Strategy, food security, care and support of children, education and skills training, and investments towards infrastructure deficits including high-speed internet, health and wellness, transportation, tourism and with respect to vulnerabilities from climate change. With this government Inuvialuit can anticipate prompt legislation supporting UNDRIP, and a start to both respectful acknowledgement and implementation of legislation for Indigenous Languages.”
IRC appreciates the incorporation of reconciliation measures outlined in the Liberal party platform and commends all Canadians who participated in the electoral process by reading and listening to all the issues. Quyannaini, koana, quyanaqpak for your informed voting. IRC now looks to continued collaboration while working towards Inuvialuit priorities, and in those areas central to advancing implementation of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.
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