Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami welcomes today’s announcement by the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Canadian Football League team to discontinue use of its outdated moniker and transition to a new, as yet undetermined name.
Members of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Board of Directors gathered by videoconference on June 26 for a regularly scheduled meeting. The board discussed progress on federal legislation to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous and implementing the Calls to Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls.
The IPSE Program replaces and exceeds the funding available to Inuit under the federal Post-Secondary Students Support Program (PSSSP).
On the anniversary of the release of the final report and 231 Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) remains committed to the full implementation of the 231 Calls for Justice, including the co-development of a National Action Plan with Inuit leadership, National Indigenous Organizations, the Prime Minister, and the Government of Canada.
Under a new partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is the proud recipient of a $1 million contribution from the Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Program. The funds will be used to address critical needs of Inuit students across Canada.
During this unprecedented time, ITK would like to recognize organizations working to support Inuit living outside Inuit Nunangat for their continued efforts to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Inuit. ITK is committed to ensuring that COVID-19 response measures include all Inuit in Canada, including those living outside of the four land claims regions.
ITK is calling for air transportation to be designated an essential service in Inuit Nunangat for the duration of the COVID-19 response. In winter and spring, airline travel routes are lifelines, the equivalent to roads and railways in southern Canada. They are the sole entry points for food, medicine and other essential supplies in all but two of 51 Inuit communities, and a critical means of travel for patients requiring advanced medical treatment.
The Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan includes $305 million for a distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund, which includes $45 million to address immediate needs for products and services in Inuit communities.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Natan Obed, Cabinet ministers, and the elected Inuit leadership of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation, and Nunatsiavut Government gathered today for a meeting of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee.