Minister Aglukkaq Concludes Successful Meetings in Northern Territories

IKU

Minister engages Northerners on Canada’s Arctic Council priorities

November 3, 2012 - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today wrapped up a successful round of meetings with a round-table session in Yellowknife after being in Iqaluit and Whitehorse over the past week as she begins to develop Canada’s priorities for its upcoming two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

This week’s meetings saw Minister Aglukkaq connect with Northern premiers, elected officials and key stakeholders.

“I was very pleased by the successful outcome of these meetings,” said Aglukkaq. “Northerners have contributed greatly to the discussions taking place at the Arctic Council since its early beginnings, and Northerners continue to have an important role in shaping Canadian policy on Arctic issues.”

Minister Aglukkaq’s round-table meetings provided opportunities for discussion on a range of issues that are important to Northerners and that support Canada’s Arctic Council priorities of economic growth and trade, environmental protection, and vibrant, healthy communities. 

“This is a crucial time in the Arctic, with changes and challenges ahead,” said Aglukkaq. “I look forward to continuing to work closely with Northerners as we develop priorities that support Canadian Northern values and engaging our Arctic Council partners as we prepare for Canada’s chairmanship.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
Follow us on Twitter: @DFAIT_MAECI

Cailin Rodgers
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
613-957-0200