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Updated defence policy could benefit North, Indigenous residents – CKLB Radio

April 8, 2024

The federal government says major new investments in Canada’s national defence will improve Arctic security and benefit northern residents.

The policy update is called Our North, Strong and Free as the federal government is concerned over threats to Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic.

That means increasing the Armed Forces presence in the territory, with commitments to consult with Indigenous people and the territorial government along the way.

NWT Premier RJ Simpson pledged the GNWT to be “a strong partner and collaborator” with the federal government and Indigenous governments to “ensure the protection of the people, communities, and lands” of the Northwest Territories.

Stated the Premier: “No single government can address security challenges in the Arctic alone, but together we can ensure the voices and priorities of the people who have made this their homeland for millennia are at the centre of determining its future.

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