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Nunavut MLA raises concern over Inuit employment numbers post-devolution

On Wednesday, Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak asked the premier what will happen once some federal government jobs are transferred to Nunavut following devolution.

Pat Angnakak also wonders what will happen to federal staff housing

Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak asked the premier on Wednesday what will happen once some federal government jobs are transferred to Nunavut following devolution. (Kieran Oudshoorn/CBC )

Nunavut's premier says it's too early to say how devolution will affect Inuit employment.

Devolution is the process of giving the territory "province-like powers" and control over its resources.

On Wednesday, Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak asked Premier Peter Taptuna what will happen once some federal government jobs are transferred to Nunavut.

Earlier in the session, MLAs heard how some communities are unable to fill government jobs because of a lack of staff housing. She wondered if the federal government housing would be transferred along with jobs when Nunavut gains powers through devolution.

Angnakak also asked if the shift would hurt the government's efforts to improve its Inuit job numbers.

Taptuna said it's too early to answer either of those questions. Negotiators met last week to discuss scheduling and priorities for devolution talks.

"In December we'll have a fairly good idea of what the negotiations are going to be, but of course there's going to be impacts on the transfer of personnel into the Nunavut government," he said.

with files from Elyse Skura

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