NWT still waiting for joint statement
by Richard Gleeson
NNSL (Feb 24/97) - At the conclusion of the Cambridge Bay summit, chairman Kelvin Ng said officials of the three parties would produce a joint statement of progress.
But rifts that developed during the two-day discussion of Footprints 2 have yet to heal.
Instead of a joint statement, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Nunavut caucus issued individual statements.
NTI claimed it was "the only one of the three parties at the table that came prepared" and accused the Nunavut caucus of announcing a plebiscite would be held on gender parity before discussion of the issue had concluded.
In the statement NTI refers to, the GNWT outlined its position on gender parity.
There was far less finger-pointing in Nunavut caucus co-chairman John Ningark's statement to the legislative assembly Tuesday.
Ningark outlined the view of the Nunavut caucus on what decisions were reached at the meeting:
Federal funding for the creation and operation of the new government remains unclear.
Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Ron Irwin said he couldn't say when legislation to provide the funding might reach the Senate, no could he predict what the Senate would do with the bill.