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Auditor-General’s Report: Government Failing Article 23

(March 19, 2010 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak said today the Auditor-General’s 2010 report shows the Government of Nunavut’s failure to meet the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Article 23 requirements through its hiring practices.

The Auditor-General’s report was tabled yesterday in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly. It focuses on the human resources problems of the GN, and stresses the need to adopt a government-wide strategy to deal with the capacity problems.

The Auditor-General’s report shows that since 2000, the percentage of Inuit occupying senior management positions in the GN has only increased by five per cent. At middle management levels, the increase has been eight per cent. As well, the GN’s 2010 budget shows there are almost 900 vacant positions, a figure that represents almost 25 per cent of the government’s total staff complement.

“Article 23’s objective is Inuit employment in government at a representative level of 85 per cent. Right now the level is 51 per cent. These figures clearly show that Article 23 is not being met,” said Kaludjak.

Kaludjak added that federal accomplishments under Article 23 lag behind those of the Nunavut government. “The breach of Article 23 is one of the biggest issues in NTI’s lawsuit against the Crown.”

Kaludjak said NTI is willing to work with the GN to develop a comprehensive strategy to deal with its human resource problems.”

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