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NTI: DIAND fails to Carry Out Prime Minister’s Commitment to Nunavut

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(March 16, 2005 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik President Paul Kaludjak said today that the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND) is failing to carry out commitments Prime Minister Paul Martin made to change how Northern Aboriginal peoples are treated in Canada. Kaludjak said he plans to deliver a strong message to DIAND Minister Andrew Scott during the Minister’s visit to Nunavut this week. Kaludjak said he will focus on DIAND’s continued failure to implement the Crown’s obligations under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

NTI’s Executive will meet with Minister Scott in Iqaluit, March 18, together with Minister of State Northern Development Ethel Blondin-Andrew and Nunavut MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell.

I am pleased to see Minister Scott visit Nunavut. This visit will provide us with the opportunity for plain, straight words, said Kaludjak. Over the past year-and-a-half, the Prime Minister made lots of fine speeches about Aboriginal people in the North and a few positive initiatives were launched. But DIAND has not translated those words into action when it comes to implementing Canada’s obligations in our Land Claim, he said.