Premiers meet in Ottawa to promote the North

The Premiers of Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon will meet in Ottawa on May 2 and 3 for the Northern Premiers’ Forum. The Forum will emphasize the importance of federal investment in the north to enhance economic development and build a stronger, more sustainable northern economy.

Premier Quassa of Nunavut is hosting Premier Silver of Yukon and Premier McLeod of Northwest Territories. The three Premiers will meet with Prime Minister Trudeau on Thursday, May 3. Premiers appreciate that the federal government has made significant new investments in infrastructure and will discuss the 2018–19 Budget as well as several other matters with the Prime Minister. Topics include addressing gaps in infrastructure between the territories and the rest of Canada; climate change and the importance of an adaptation strategy led by Canada; and the Arctic Policy Framework and the territories’ interest in supporting a federal framework that moves decision-making about the north closer to northerners and commits new investments.

The Premiers will also meet with Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi.

Media call backs can be scheduled for the morning of Friday, May 4, by contacting Sunny Patch.

The Northern Premiers’ Forum is a unique opportunity for the three territories to stand united in promoting economic prosperity and addressing issues and priorities that affect our northern communities. I look forward to productive meetings with Premier McLeod and Premier Quassa in Ottawa to discuss several important matters with our federal colleagues. Our ongoing relationship with the Government of Canada is vital in addressing the importance of northern interests.

Premier Sandy Silver

Quick Facts 
  • The Northern Premiers’ Forum is an annual meeting between the three territorial Premiers.

  • Yukon will host the 2019 Northern Premiers’ Forum.


Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

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