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LETTERS: Around the Arctic April 01, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Premier Peter Taptuna marks the Nunavut territory’s 15th birthday

"Using our rich culture to navigate a modern, global reality"

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Ed Picco, then the MLA for Iqaluit East, soothes a child while Paul Okalik, then the MLA for Iqaluit West, waits for Nunavut's first legislative assembly sitting to get started on April 1, 1999 inside the Inuksuk High School gymnasium in Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)
Ed Picco, then the MLA for Iqaluit East, soothes a child while Paul Okalik, then the MLA for Iqaluit West, waits for Nunavut's first legislative assembly sitting to get started on April 1, 1999 inside the Inuksuk High School gymnasium in Iqaluit. (FILE PHOTO)

As Nunavut turns 15, I am proud of what we have accomplished and excited about our future as we step forward together.

Since 1999, Nunavut has come to the forefront of the world stage — our traditions, our environment and our way of life have become renowned around the globe.

We have shown ourselves to be dynamic and innovative, using our rich culture to navigate a modern, global reality.

With our young population, abundant natural resources and guiding Inuit societal values, Nunavut has shown tremendous opportunity to prosper. We also face pressure in our need to build capacity and infrastructure, and become more self-reliant, healthier communities.

I embrace these challenges and look to Nunavummiut to help find solutions. I recall the work of those who fought to create our territory; who dreamt of a distinct region and persevered to create our territory. Their challenges seemed overwhelming, but their common goals pushed them forward.

My hope is that we can do the same as we look to overcome our obstacles, and turn them into successes.

As I look to the next 15 years, I see healthy, skilled Nunavummiut pursuing their aspirations to help grow Nunavut’s economy. The Government of Nunavut has laid out these steps in Sivumut Abluqta and I am confident that our shared passion and drive will inspire hope and ambition for success. We are all partners in success, and we all have something to contribute.

Our young territory has a resilient history, a majestic landscape, and unique governance structure. Today, let’s celebrate where we’ve been and look forward to the progress and growth to come.

Happy 15th anniversary Nunavut!

Peter Taptuna
Premier of Nunavut



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