Aboriginal leaders in Nunatsiavut are calling on the federal government to give northern regions more money for infrastructure.

"It's hard to move forward," said Hilda Broomfield Letemplier, who operates a business in Nunatsiavut.

"The funding we are getting now is just focusing on the core needs. There isn't enough to focus on the major infrastructure needs." 

Hilda Broomfield Letemplier

Hilda Broomfield Letemplier was recently asked to present to a federal senate committee on Aboriginal Affairs. (Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Ltd.)

Broomfield Letemplier has just returned from Ottawa where she was asked to speak to the federal senate.

She referred to a report called Recommendations on Northern Infrastructure to Support Economic Development, released by the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) in January.

 It concluded areas such as Nunatsiavut need more roads, bridges, airport runways, housing and telecommunications. 

Broomfield Letemplier, a member of the NAEBD and the CEO of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Ltd., is calling for a dedicated fund for infrastructure in northern regions.

"We have identified that there should be a northern-specific infrastructure fund because we are so far behind the rest of Canadians," she said

​Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi has said the federal government will spend $60 billion dollars on infrastructure across the country over the next ten years.