INUVIK, INUVIALUIT, NT, June 27, 2018 /CNW/ - The Inuit Crown Partnership Committee is a bilateral mechanism for advancingwork on shared priority areas between Inuit and the federal government. Yesterday's meeting 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
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.
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, benefitting Inuit and in turn all Canadians.
"Yesterday we came together to continue the meaningful and open discussions that are the basis of our Inuit-Crown Partnership. 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."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
"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. 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."
National Inuit Leader Natan ObedPresident of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
Associated Links Inuit Nunangat Declaration on Inuit-Crown Partnership
Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee makes progress on shared priorities, March 29, 2018, News release
Government of Canada to create Recognition and Implementation of Rights Framework, February 14, 2018, News release
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