30-year-old federal document shows plan to 'block' Inuktut services, Inuit group says
The organization that represents the Inuit of Nunavut in negotiations says it has uncovered a 30-year-old document containing secret instructions to government lawyers to "block" the use of Inuktut though the then-Mulroney government left the door open for future changes in language use.In a news release sent Thursday, NTI said the documents obtained via an Access to Information request show "Prime Minister [Brian] Mulroney and his cabinet knowingly and deliberately blocked use of Inuktitut in government services in the territory.
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Expect to cross paths with a few federal cabinet ministers at the airport in Iqaluit this year.
Mandate lettersto ministers of Northern Affairs, Indigenous Services and Crown-Indigenous Relations spelled out a number of specific commitments to Nunavut.
They include the construction of a treatment centre, the full implementation of land claims, and the development of an "Inuit Nunangat policy" — a broad framework for policy-making in Nunavut and other areas of the Inuit homeland, like Nunavik in northern Quebec, Nunatsiavut in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the N.W.T.
Kenney and cabinet ministers in Ottawa to meet federal counterparts
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But Nunavut won't be the only territory to benefit if this cabinet's mandate is fulfilled. Residents across the North can find encouragement in Trudeau's acknowledgement of long-standing concerns — and his repeated commitment to find "predictable and sufficient funding" to address them.
In the details of the mandate and in a uniform introduction, the letters repeatedly emphasize a desire for closer relationships with Indigenous governments.
"There remains no more important relationship to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples," reads Trudeau's uniform introduction.
"I am directing every single minister to determine what they can do in their specific portfolio to accelerate and build on the progress we have made with First Nations, Inuit and Métis."
Baloney Meter: Is Trudeau's mandate the 'weakest' in Canadian history?
Baloney Meter: Is Trudeau's mandate the 'weakest' in Canadian history?Since election night in October, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has repeatedly asserted the Liberals have a minority government with "the weakest mandate in Canadian history." He used the claim most recently in response to the speech from the throne, in which the government rolls out its broad priorities for the coming Parliament.
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Travel benefit grabs headlines
Early headlines on the mandate letters singled out a commitment made in the letter to Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal to increase the Northern Residents Deduction for travel costs to at least $1,200.
Larry Bagnell, the Liberal MP for Yukon, said the program would also expand eligibility to include northern residents, like self-employed people, who do not receive a travel benefit from their employer.
This way, everyone will be eligible. - Larry Bagnell, Liberal MP for Yukon
"Why should one person get it in the North, just because their employer puts it on their T4 slip, and another one doesn't?" said Bagnell.
"This way, everyone will be eligible."
A bigger tax break will be nice for northerners struggling with airfares that regularly run into the thousands.
But many of the letters' other commitments are much wider-reaching.
Dams, diesel, roads, and mines
Outside of Nunavut, northern premiers are likely to be encouraged by a mandate to support infrastructure projects in the North.
Speedier airport screening, universal pharmacare: Trudeau hands cabinet ministers their to-do lists
Speedier airport screening, universal pharmacare: Trudeau hands cabinet ministers their to-do listsTrudeau issued mandate letters to each of his ministers Friday, outlining the key policy objectives that each minister is tasked with as well as the overarching goals of the government. The ministers' to-do lists mirror the promises in the Liberal election campaign platform, with the priorities of making life more affordable, strengthening the health-care system, fighting climate change and promoting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
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The letter to Vandal asks him to expand the scope of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency's work to include funding "foundational economic infrastructure such as roads and visitor centres."
That opens up a new pot of funding for tourism development in the N.W.T., and for investment in the $700-million Mackenzie Valley Highway.
The letter also asks the minister to "support territorial planning for hydroelectricity projects," which presumably includes the N.W.T.'s Taltson Hydroelectricity Expansion Project, with its estimated price tag of $1.2 billion.
The N.W.T. and Yukon will both benefit from commitments to finalize the Northern Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, which provides funding — and creates jobs — to clean up toxic abandoned mines.
Remote communities in all three territories are also likely to benefit from an instruction to Marc Miller, minister of Indigenous Services, to help communities transition from diesel-fuelled power to clean energy alternatives by 2030.
And Indigenous leadership across the North will be curious about the mandate to establish "a new national benefits-sharing framework for major resource projects on Indigenous territory."
Five things of note from Trudeau's mandate letters to his ministers
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued marching orders to his cabinet on Friday. While many of the instructions come straight from the Liberal campaign platform, there are a few things that are new, or more detailed than what's been public before. Here are five things of note from the ministers' mandate letters: Cell service Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains' letter asks him to use any tools at his disposal to reduce the average cell phone bill in Canada by 25 per cent.
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Territorial governments will likely want a say in developing that framework, but it could be an opportunity to address widely-perceived shortcomings in existing impact benefit agreements.
Research and 'robust' post-secondary
Northern Affairs Minister Vandal will also have to support the development of new universities in the Yukon and N.W.T.
Both territories are in the process of, and Trudeau's mandate letter commits the minister to ensuring "a robust system of post-secondary education" exists in the North at the end of it.
Researchers in the North could benefit from Vandal's mandate also.
The minister is asked to accommodate growing demand at the Polar Continental Shelf Program, which helps manage research in the Arctic, and modernize the Eureka Weather Station some 400 kilometres north of Grise Fiord, Nunavut.
Handing over child welfare
Some more general items in the mandate letters will be of interest to territorial governments looking to devolve services to Indigenous governments.
Trudeau gives nearly 300 tasks for ministers to take on in new parliament
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his cabinet ministers marching orders Friday, spelling out that he wants legislated targets on greenhouse gas emissions, universal pharmacare, the Trans Mountain pipeline, a UN Security Council seat and high-frequency rail between Toronto and Quebec City. Trudeau released his mandate letter for all members of his cabinet, much as he did in 2015 showing what the government would be up to for however long this parliament lasts. The government had 289 commitments in 2015, according to a mandate tracker website it developed.
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Trudeau instructed Miller to implement Bill C-92, which would hand over control of child and family services to First Nations. Crucially, it also specifies ensuring "long-term predictable and sufficient funding" to fund those services, so First Nations are not left with an unpayable tab.
The letter also briefly mentions working with Indigenous communities on the development of local housing policies, something that has been a point of conflict between Indigenous communities and the territorial government in the N.W.T.
The mandate for Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett reaffirms the government's commitment to implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — a moveamong its priorities.
Bennett will also oversee the creation of a new National Treaty Commissioner's Office that will help direct "the ongoing review, maintenance and enforcement of Canada's treaty obligations."
Support for Indigenous Languages Act
Lakeshore and coastal communities in Nunavut and the N.W.T. may also benefit from the mandate given to Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Bernadette Jordan.
It instructs Jordan to work with local and Indigenous partners on developing a "blue economy" strategy, including specific planning for "small craft" harbours.
That could be music to the ears of residents in Hay River, N.W.T. They have beenfor federal funding to begin a $10 million dredging and revitalization project.
Last but not least, the mandate for Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault asks him to find "long-term predictable and sufficient funding to support" the
That act came under fire forin Nunavut.
Premier John Horgan expected to shuffle cabinet in the new year .
B.C. Premier John Horgan is expected to shuffle his cabinet for the first time in the new year. In a wide-ranging year end interview with Global BC Legislative bureau chief Keith Baldrey, Horgan says it is time to make some changes considering the cabinet has been together since July 2017. "I am going to take a look at this in the new years. We need to re-tool, we are at the halfway point. There will be some members who will probably not be running again. I need to have those conversations over the winter break," Horgan said."There will probably be some changes in the new year and that's appropriate.