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Ottawa not meeting Nunavut's needs, says Aariak

01/15/2012 01:51 EST | Updated 03/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak says the territory's massive needs are not being properly addressed by the federal government.

Aariak said Nunavut does not get its fair share of money from Ottawa due to Nunavut's small population and the fact that the federal government controls natural resources in the territory.

She said most Canadians have not taken the time to educate themselves about Canada's youngest territory, which she called frustrating.

Aariak will discuss these issues with the other two territorial premiers this coming week in Victoria at the Council of the Federation meetings.

"The need to address our critical infrastructure deficit and the pressing need, of course, for the devolution that I'm always talking about, and other important issues such as training and education and our economy, and so on," she said.

Aariak said health care and the upcoming federal budget will dominate the agenda in Victoria.

"To address our medical situation is huge. We have the highest tuberculosis percentage in Canada in Nunavut, and other areas like that. We will be discussing our unique situation and discuss how we are going to tackle it together," she said.

The meetings will be held Monday and Tuesday.

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