As Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, I am proud of our province and its people.
Newfoundland and Labrador is rich in culture and heritage. Our landscapes are rugged and our coastlines are beautiful. The people of Newfoundland and Labrador are resilient, proud and innovative. And we are diverse, with various cultures living and operating together to create the unique culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador have a strong relationship with the Arctic region, especially through our Northern and Aboriginal communities. Labrador, in particular, has deep roots in the traditional and modern Aboriginal way of life, through its governments and organizations. It’s an area that has vast expertise operating in the Arctic. We understand the sometimes harsh, environment and how to navigate it.
Our work in the Arctic is significant. Newfoundland and Labrador has the know how, innovative technologies, cultural history and ingenuity to meet challenges presented in this environment. From international shipping lanes, to our work in Arctic research and development and the energy sector, Newfoundland and Labrador has played a key role in the Arctic. Our corporate partners also bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Arctic environment. The work is extensive and our passion for this region is strong. It’s our home. In July 2015, the Governments of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nunavut signed an Mou to build upon their long-standing history of successive cooperation. It is intended to encourage increased collaboration and partner ship as both jurisdictions prepare for future development and increased economic activity in the Arctic.
There are several opportunities on the horizon for our province to further strengthen our relationship and partnership opportunities with Labrador and the Arctic region. This includes plans to expand our transportation network, including the trans-Labrador highway and the possibility of a fixed link for Labrador and the island of Newfoundland. There are so many ways we can grow and diversify the economy, for the Arctic region and the province as a whole. And our government is working toward this every day.
Beyond the political and industrial successes of the Northern region of Newfoundland and Labrador, there continues to be achievements in the arts community. The beauty and uniqueness of the products and artistry that come from Labrador rival anything else found around the world. Inspired by the rich culture of the North, these artists have captured the beauty of their traditions and inspire us all. Our government is committed to protecting tradition, while supporting growth. to achieve this, we are committed to working with industry, academia, northern communities, Aboriginal peoples and all levels of government.
Together we face a changing Arctic region, which brings with it increasing challenges. However, it is from these challenges that new opportunities are emerging. And where there are opportunities, there is potential for growth and the prospect to work together to see our goals for the Arctic realized.
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador