Nunavut, Greenland pledge co-operation on seal ban fight
Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna is back in the territory after leading a delegation to Greenland last week to discuss common issues such as education, the economy and transportation.
Taptuna and Greenlandic Premier Aleqa Hammond both pledged to fight the European Union seal product ban.
"She wants to be the lead on that and I would gladly support her initiative because it's one of those things that affects not just our tradition, our culture, and of course our economy," said Taptuna.
Education minister Paul Quassa says he spoke with Greenlandic education authorities and they're working on paving the way for a student and teacher exchange between folk schools in Nunavut and Greenland.
"These are things that we do, very similar cultural programs. So we thought that this would be an ideal time to talk about physical exchanges."
They also spoke about Air Greenland's direct route between Nuuk and Iqaluit. The airline says sales are sluggish but Taptuna says he hopes to keep the route.
''The premier of Greenland is really hoping that it can be made viable through economic activity from both sides. It has to be viable," he said.
Greenland and Nunavut officials will meet again later this month at the Inuit Circumpolar Council gathering in Inuvik, N.W.T.