Nunavut MP defends throne speech
- Nunavut MP defends throne speech
WebPosted Oct 2 2002 08:40 AM CDT
Iqaluit, Nunavut - Nunavut's Liberal MP is taking exception to the flood of
criticism of Monday's throne speech from Inuit leaders.
Many Nunavut politicians felt the federal government ignored the Inuit in
the speech. Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik was quick to express his
"Unfortunately we don't have any reservations in Nunavut, but perhaps we'll
have to look at that option," he said after the speech.
Nunavut MP Nancy Karetak-Lindell says she thinks Nunavut is further ahead
than some small First Nations communities, particularly those on reserve.
She says people in Nunavut shouldn't be offended that there was little
mention of Inuit in the throne speech.
"I would much prefer to be very optimistic in how creative we can get in
meeting our challenges," she says. "There's never enough money but we all
know overall when you're talking about a small population, 28,000 people in
Nunavut, we have received a fair amount of attention and dollars in the last
three and a half years since we have been a territory and I'm very
encouraged by that."
Karetak-Lindell says many First Nations are still controlled and governed by
an old Indian Act.
In contrast, she says Inuit in Nunavut have their own public government, and
can make their own decisions about how money is spent.
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