Quassa raises questions about child welfare in Nunavut

Could jurisdiction over child and family services in Nunavut be transferred to Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.? Paul Quassa, MLA for Aggu, put that question to Premier Joe Savikataaq in the legislature on Tuesday, March 12. He brought up the matter while discussing Parliament’s Bill C-92, a proposed new law that would give Indigenous people more say in child welfare matters, including apprehensions. Savikataaq replied that it’s premature to say what lies ahead, but the Government of Nunavut plans to make a presentation to the Senate committee studying the proposed law. “I can’t commit to a hypothetical situation here,” he told Quassa. At one point, Savikataaq pointed to his ministers, noting they are all Inuit, and implying they are well-placed to protect the rights of Inuit. Nunavut’s legislative sitting wrapped up yesterday afternoon. (Photo by Jane George)

By John Thompson

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