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July 14, 2014

Western premiers discuss Iqaluit development

The premiers of six western provinces and territories visited Iqaluit, Nunavut on July 9 to focus on natural resources development and its impact on northern communities.

Their arrival coincided with Nunavut Day, which marks the creation of the territory in 1993.

Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna greeted counterparts from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Yukon at a hotel overlooking Frobisher Bay.

The Frobisher Inn also overlooks a garbage dump fire that’s been smouldering since May, occasionally sending puffs of acrid smoke over a community bustling with construction projects and Inuit children playing in the craggy creeks that empty into the bay.

Iqaluit, with a population nearing 7,000, is considered the gateway to the high Arctic, as well as the former Inuit homelands that are being increasingly exploited for natural resources.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2014

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