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Interministerial tour to Nunavik

Kuujjuarapik, August 23, 2011 – Today the Minister of Health and Social Services, Yves Bolduc, and the Minister for Transport, Norman MacMillan, along with the Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, wrapped up their three-day tour to Nunavik. The visit gave the ministers the opportunity to talk with the directors and representatives of several local and regional organizations about the Plan nord.

"As the Premier announced, the Plan Nord will be implemented by working with the people of the North and this visit is one way of making this approach happen. Health and social services and transportation are two important areas of this socioeconomic development project," said Minister Kelley.

The small delegation travelled to the northern villages of Kuujjuaq, Salluit, Puvirnituq, and  Kuujjuarapik and to the Community of Whapmagoostui. The tour also gave the ministers the chance to meet with a number of local leaders, along with Makivik Corporation and Kativik Regional Government representatives.


Alasie Arngak, Chair of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, was part of the work meetings and health centre visits.

"For me, this tour is proof of how important our government considers the availability of healthcare and social services in the territory covered by the Plan Nord, and I`m very happy about that. We have firmly committed to support health and social services in Nunavik in terms of services and infrastructure alike. As per the announcement made when the agreement on the funding of health services and social services in Nunavik was signed, current amounts and future investments are very substantial and essential," Minister Bolduc pointed out.


The Minister for Transport met with regional stakeholders to discuss Nunavik`s specific needs in the area of transportation. Maggie Emudluk, Chair of the Kativik Regional Government, accompanied the Minister on his tour of airports and port facilities.

During the visit, the Minister saw the progress made and the effect of climate change on transportation infrastructure first hand.

"By 2016, the Ministère des Transports will have invested up to $111 million in upgrading 15 Northern airports. Transportation infrastructure is a key element in supporting the Plan Nord and  making it possible to carry out this incredibly ambitious project," Minister MacMillan explained.

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