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NEWS: Nunavut July 03, 2014 - 11:49 am

Nunavut, Greenland leaders discuss mining, fishing, seal ban

“The EU import ban affects hunters in Nunavut and Greenland very strongly"

Nunavut premier Peter Taptuna meets with Greenland premier Aleqa Hammond June 30 in Nuuk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GN)
Nunavut premier Peter Taptuna meets with Greenland premier Aleqa Hammond June 30 in Nuuk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GN)

Nunavut and Greenland have committed to work together more closely to press the European Union on its seal product ban.

Greenland Premier Aleqa Hammond is hosting a Nunavut delegation in Nuuk this week, led by Premier Peter Taptuna, to discuss common issues on which the two hope to collaborate.

“With the conclusion of the WTO case, it is now important that we coordinate our efforts,” Hammond said in a July 2 press release.

“I, together with Peter Taptuna, will participate at Inuit Circumpolar Council’s general assembly in Inuvik later this month, and there we will discuss the EU ban on import of seal products again,” Hammond said.

“The EU import ban affects hunters in Nunavut and Greenland very strongly.”

Greenland and Nunavut signed a memorandum of understanding in 2000 to cement their partnership on a number of files; this trip was to look at how to strengthen that relationship, the GN said.

During his visit, Premier Taptuna is also meeting with other Greenland ministers on resources and economic development files, hunting and fishing and education, particularly in the mining sector.

“There are areas where our jurisdictions have common interests and both see potential benefits in cross-border links, such as the air-link between Nuuk and Iqaluit,” Taptuna said in a release.

“We are interested in working closely on commercial opportunities in hunting and fishing, especially if conceivable benefits are viable and expand our market access. “

During the visit, Nunavut’s education minister Paul Quassa is also meeting with his Greenlandic counterparts and visiting the University of Greenland along with the mining school in Sisimiut.

The delegation wraps up its visit July 4.

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(7) Comments:

#1. Posted by Richard on July 03, 2014

Nutrition Facts, anyone?

#2. Posted by Proud Inuk on July 03, 2014

Thank you Peter Taptuna for your concerns for our country and Inuit. Good luck to what you are doing about the seal ban, that one of ex-Beattle is trying to destroy our food and clothing. What is left Government has taken away from our way of life. Keep up the good work.

#3. Posted by Peter on July 04, 2014

I hope Tuptana learns a few things from our cousins over there.

Look at their education system to start, University in Nuuk, Inuit teachers, doctors, pilots, captains on ships.

Deep water ports in most of their communities, fibre optic cable, infrastructure that’s light years ahead even compared to southern Canada. Nutritious food.

It is really a interesting place to visit, something really to inspire us and to see what is possible as Inuit and as northerners.

#4. Posted by Bill on July 04, 2014

#3 you’re quite right, Greenland is decades ahead of Nunavut. Why not ask your fellow Inuit to learn from them also?

Keep in mind Greenlanders are considered to very Europeanized.

On the other hand, Kalaallit are the more authentic hunters of the Inuit world. They do it all on FOOT. They don’t rely on skidoos and honda’s to hunt. Any clown can chase an animal around with a 4 stroke between their legs.

#5. Posted by Peter on July 07, 2014

#4 I just did smile

#6. Posted by snapshot on July 08, 2014

@#4, typical qaluuna comment, step in or step aside.

#7. Posted by Nunavumiut on July 08, 2014

The GN can learn a lot from the Greenland Government. Their government gets about 600 million in transfer payments from Denmark per year and Nunavut gets over a Billion from Ottawa per year. Yet in Greenland they have so much more infrastructure and higher education.
Our GN seem to waste so much money and have very little accountability for it. The auditor general will lay out what is wrong in their report and very little will be done about it. 
DM’s keep their jobs and Nunavut continues to go down a slippery slope.
I hope this was a eye opener for our Premier, seeing how things are done over there and seeing what they have accomplished.

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