NAIN, NL – The Government of Canada is committed to renewing the Crown-to-Inuit relationship on the basis of rights, respect and partnership. To achieve this, it is essential to support Inuit in their efforts to protect and promote their language and culture, and to improve socio-economic conditions in their communities.
During a visit to Nain, Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador and parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, announced an additional $1.5 million to help complete the construction of the Illusuak Cultural Centre.
Bennett said: “Investing in the Illusuak Cultural Centre will help strengthen Labrador’s competitive advantages and diversify the economies of its communities. Illusuak is a creation of Labrador Inuit, for Labrador Inuit, in partnership with the Government of Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. That is something to celebrate! ”
The Centre will provide Labrador Inuit with a cultural infrastructure to highlight different aspects of Inuit history, language, culture, and achievements while creating long-term, sustainable economic development in Nunatsiavut
Yvonne Jones said: “The Illusuak Cultural Centre will be a source of pride for Inuit and all Canadians. I am very proud of the Government of Canada’s support for this important cultural infrastructure. It is another step towards the renewal of the Crown-Inuit relationship.”