Furey in the Big Land

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Premier Andrew Furey travelled to different parts of Labrador this week, his first visit to the region since taking on the role.

Furey was in Labrador West last weekend with Labrador MP Yvonne Jones and MHA Lisa Dempster, minister for Indigenous affairs and reconciliation, and Labrador affairs. They met with councils in Labrador City and Wabush, toured the mines, and visited the local ski hill. From there Furey et al. went to Nain, where he met with Nunatsiavut Government representatives.

“It was a very positive and productive meeting which led to a commitment to work more collaboratively to advance issues of mutual concern for the benefit of Labrador Inuit and Labrador Inuit communities and, indeed, the entire province,” Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe stated in a news release. “The premier was very sincere and agreed to keep lines of communications open and to work closely with the Nunatsiavut Government and the Government of Canada, where necessary, to help address some of our most pressing needs.”

After leaving Nain, Furey met with Innu Nation leaders in before he went to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, where he met with the local council and Innu Nation leaders.

Furey said he was delighted to be in Labrador this week for his first official visit and by working collaboratively with all stakeholders the provincial government can advance work on a broad range of topics important to the province as a whole, and Labrador specifically.

"There is great value in face-to-face meetings, so being able to meet in person, with safe physical distance and proper COVID-19 protocol, is an important way to foster good relationships with Indigenous and community leaders in Labrador," he said.

Evan Careen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Telegram