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Minister Kelley at Makivik Corporation's Annual General Meeting

Chisasibi, March 29, 2012 – Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs, was in Chisasibi for the annual general meeting of Makivik Corporation, the organization that represents the Inuit of Nunavik. The MNA for Ungava, Luc Ferland, also attended.

“I am very pleased to have been invited to this event once again this year. It gives me the opportunity to meet with the Inuit and exchange our views on issues of great importance to them,” Minister Kelley indicated.

Speaking before the representatives of Nunavik’s companies, organizations and Northern villages, Minister Kelley highlighted the importance of maintaining healthy relations among the various partners in the development of Northern Québec.

The Minister and the Inuit discussed many subjects such as the creation of Table Québec-Nunavik, the possibility of the formation of a regional government, and the Aboriginal Initiatives Fund, whose renewal for the next five years was announced in the most recent provincial budget. 

“Throughout our many discussions, I was able to gain greater insight into the concerns of the leaders of Nunavik. There is still much that needs to be done to ensure better living conditions and economic development. I am convinced that by working together we will be able to find solutions to the different issues facing the Inuit” Minister Kelley added.

Furthermore, his participation at the meeting allowed him to express the importance for the Government of Québec of recognizing the effect of the tragic events surrounding the slaughter of sled dogs in the 1950s and 1960s in Nunavik. The agreement was signed last August in Kangiqsualujjuaq.

Minister Kelley also met privately with Makivik Corporation’s newly elected President, Jobie Tukkiapik, and the members of the Board to strengthen ties between Makivik and the government.

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