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NEWS: Nunavut August 19, 2014 - 12:04 pm

PM to make three stops in Nunavut on six-day northern tour

PM's delegation to visit Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit

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Members of the board of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami discuss issues such as housing with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other federal officials during the
Members of the board of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami discuss issues such as housing with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other federal officials during the "Arctic leaders working meeting" last summer in Rankin Inlet. (PHOTO BY DOUG MCCLARTY/ ARCTEC DESIGN AND SERVICES)
Hunters demonstrate to PM Stephen Harper how to use traditional Inuit tools on Frobisher Bay during a February 2011 visit to Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)
Hunters demonstrate to PM Stephen Harper how to use traditional Inuit tools on Frobisher Bay during a February 2011 visit to Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will make three stops in Nunavut during his upcoming six-day northern tour, including visit to Cambridge Bay, Pond Inlet and Iqaluit.

Harper and a delegation of ministers and senators will travel through all three northern territories between Aug. 20 and Aug. 26, although the prime minister’s office has yet to release the group’s itinerary.

The focus on this year’s visit will be on the government’s investments in education, research and development, science and sovereignty — all areas laid out in its Northern Strategy, the prime minister’s office said Aug. 19.

“Our government is working to support Northerners as they take control of their destinies, by providing tools, training, technology and infrastructure,” Harper said in an Aug. 19 news release.

“Northerners today are better equipped to seize tremendous local opportunities, and to develop northern solutions for northern challenges.”

This trip marks the ninth year Harper has made the summer trek North.

Harper’s delegation will include Environment minister and Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson, among others.

Harper’s 2013 northern tour took him to Rankin Inlet to discuss governance with Inuit leaders in what was the first-ever meeting between Inuit leaders and representatives of the Crown.

The tour also took him to the Nunavik region, where the prime minister visited the Raglan nickel mine and announced money towards a feasibility study for an on-site wind energy project.

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