Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott began a two-day emergency meeting on child welfare in Ottawa Thursday by saying she was not there to assign blame.

As well, Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson appeared on N2N.

He talked about a new Senate committee on the Arctic that will start when Parliament resumes next week.

Also, he will soon be visiting all 25 communities in Nunavut, to get feedback on everything from food security to oil and gas to development and concerns over the upcoming legalization of marijuana.

Patterson said this is being done ahead of Ottawa’s work on a new Arctic policy.

“It’s really important that residents of the Arctic have input into the development of this arctic policy by our federal government,” he said.

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Nation to Nation: The emergency meeting on the crisis in child welfare