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Nunavut Passes Groundbreaking Collaboration for Poverty Reduction Act

15 May 2013 

News Release

For Immediate Release

Nunavut Passes Groundbreaking Collaboration for Poverty Reduction Act

IQALUIT, Nunavut (May 15, 2013) – Following almost three years of public engagement involving communities, Inuit organizations, the private sector and government, the Nunavut Legislative Assembly passed Bill 59 – the Collaboration for Poverty Reduction Act – a groundbreaking approach to inclusive policy development for poverty reduction.

"Poverty reduction is a Tamapta priority and the introduction of the Collaboration for Poverty Reduction Act was a commitment of my government," said Premier Eva Aariak. "I am very pleased that the Legislative Assembly has passed this Act. It is very important that the work we need to do to reduce poverty extend beyond the term of any one government."

The Collaboration for Poverty Reduction Act requires the Government of Nunavut to:

Participate as a partner with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Inuit organizations, other governments, non-government organizations and businesses on the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction to implement The Makimaniq Plan and the five-year poverty reduction action plan in a manner consistent with Article 32 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

"This Act will ensure that the Government works in collaboration with others to produce a long-term poverty reduction action plan," said Monica Ell, Minister of Family Services. "We recognize that to reduce poverty, we must work in partnership. Everyone has a role to play."

The Act received the unanimous support of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.

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Media Contact:

Andres Ibanez

Communications Specialist

Department of Family Services

867-975-7821

aibanez@gov.nu.ca