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Cabinet shuffle poses challenges for advancing Inuit priorities, ITK president says – RCI

November 2, 2023

‘We often as Inuit leaders have to be the ones that educate ministers,’ Natan Obed says

The Trudeau government’s summer cabinet shakeup has created challenges when trying to advance Inuit political priorities in Ottawa, says Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) President Natan Obed.

It’s a concern made more pressing as the Liberals approach their ninth year in power, he said.

“The completion of work takes a hit when you have such massive shuffles,” said Obed, head of the national representative organization for Inuit in Canada.

Obed spoke with CBC Indigenous at the ITK office in Ottawa following a Monday meeting of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, a forum established in 2017 for Inuit and federal leaders to discuss topics of mutual concern.

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