40th CPA Canadian Regional Parliamentary Seminar in Nunavut focuses on representing indigenous peoples in Parliaments and strengthening the role of Parliamentarians 

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Canada Region have examined how Parliaments can reflect the indigenous peoples that they represent through their work and traditions. The workshop session was part of the 40th CPA Canadian Regional Seminar which was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada from 11 to 14 October 2018. 

The annual seminar, organised by the CPA Canada Region, saw the participation of 31 Parliamentarians from nine provinces and territories across Canada and from the Canadian Federal Parliament as well as seven parliamentary staff. Delegates were welcomed to the regional seminar by CPA Nunavut Branch President, Hon. Joe Enook, MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Speaker Joe Enook said: “It was an honour to host fellow Parliamentarians from across the nation, and I was proud that our deliberations were conducted in three languages: Inuktitut, which is one of Canada’s indigenous languages, as well as English and French. I am confident that my colleagues who were visiting the Arctic for the first time left with a greater understanding of our culture and environment.”

The seminar was attended by Hon. Yasmin Ratansi, MP (Canada Federal) who said: “As Chair of the CPA Canadian Region, I attended the 40th CPA Canadian Regional Parliamentary Seminar in Iqaluit. The venue was important as Iqaluit is close to the Arctic Circle and Parliamentarians from across Canada got an opportunity to see first hand the challenges facing the Indigenous communities. The seminar allowed us to learn from each other, share best practices and enhance our understanding and respect for the indigenous way of life.”

The 40th CPA Canadian Regional Parliamentary Seminar provided an opportunity to exchange ideas amongst CPA Members on key issues and the delegates held workshops on a number of topics including: Proportional Representation and the Prince Edward Island Referendum; life for a Parliamentarian after office; the impact of social media on the work of Parliamentarians; and mental health and its impact on Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff. 

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Updated 19th October 2018.

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