Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister Tootoo, Minister Bennett, Yvonne Jones, Michael McLeod and Larry Bagnell meet with Inuit Leaders in Ottawa.

Ottawa, Ontario - January 26, 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on meeting with Inuit leaders:

“Today, I had the honour of meeting with Inuit leaders from across the North to discuss the unique challenges their communities face and the exciting opportunities the region holds.

“This afternoon’s discussion with members of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami was an important step in renewing the relationship between Canada and the Inuit – one based on respect, rights, cooperation, and partnership.

“A key part of our meeting focused on how we can better work together with Inuit leaders, the territories and provinces, along with other parties, to address issues important to the Inuit, including the social and economic obstacles that directly affect Inuit success.

“I want to thank leaders of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami for meeting with me today and giving me the opportunity to begin to earn their trust. I am eager to bring about positive change in the lives of Inuit across Canada and work together to unleash the North’s amazing potential.”