The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Annual General Meeting took place by videoconference this week, with participants from all regions of Inuit Nunangat. The videoconference tested the bandwidth limitations of many representatives, spread across multiple time zones from Inuvik and Ulukhaktok in the west to Nain and Postville in the east.
ᐅᖓᑖᓃᑦᑐᓂᑦ 113,900 ᑮᓇᕐᒧᑦ ᒪᑐᐊᑦ, 563,000 ᖃᐅᔨᖅᑐᑦ ᐊᓪᓚᕈᑏᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ 438ᓂᑦ ᐊᖏᓂᓕᒻᒥᒃ ᑲᑎᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᒪᓕᓐᓂᑦ ᐅᐊᓴᐅᑎᓂᑦ ᓇᔅᓯᐅᔾᔨᓯᒪᔪᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᒋᑦ ᓴᐳᑎᓯᒪᒍᓐᓇᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᓂᒪᓇᖅᑐᖅᑕᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂ ᓄᓇᓕᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒥ, ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥ, ᐃᓄᕕᐊᓗᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᓐᓂ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᕗᒻᒥ.
ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ (ITK) ᖁᔭᓕᓚᐅᖅᐳᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᒐᕙᒪᖓᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓕᑕᑕᖅᓯᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑭᐅᓯᒪᓕᓚᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐱᓯᒪᓕᕆᐊᖃᖅᑕᖏᓂᒃ ᑐᒡᓕᕆᔭᖓᓂᒃ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19-ᒥᑦ ᓯᓚᕐᔪᐊᓕᒫᒥ ᐊᒃᑐᒐᐅᓯᒪᓕᕐᓂᖓᓐᓂᒃ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᒋᔭᖏᑦ ᐱᓗᐊᒻᒪᕆᒃᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᒃᑐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓕᕈᑎᒋᓚᐅᖅᑕᖏᓐᓄᑦ.
If Inuit children experience unmet needs related to COVID-19, families can submit a request to the Inuit Child First Initiative to seek additional support.
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.
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.
Una tusaratsauliangusimajuq Natan Obed−mut, Angijuqqaangat Inuit Tapiriit Kanatamikkut, pijjutiqaqsuni Puvallunnaqtuq Nuvajjuarnaq−19
ᐅᓇ ᑐᓴᕋᑦᓴᐅᓕᐊᖑᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᓇᑖᓐ ᐆᕙᑦ−ᒧᑦ, ᐊᖏᔪᖅᑳᖓᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᒃᑯᑦ, ᐱᔾᔪᑎᖃᖅᓱᓂ ᐳᕙᓪᓗᓐᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᓄᕙᔾᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ−19
The following is a message from Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, related to COVID-19
ᑕᒪᑐᒪᓂ ᐊᔾᔨᖃᖖᒋᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᓯᒪᓂᖃᖅᑎᓪᓗᑕ, ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ (ITK) ᐃᓕᑕᖅᓯᓯᒪᔪᒪᕗᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᖑᔪᓂᒃ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᖃᕐᓂᖏᑕ ᐃᑲᔪᓕᕆᐊᕐᓂᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᖃᖅᑐᓂᒃ ᓯᓚᑖᓂ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᖓᑦᑕ ᑲᔪᓯᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᓐᓇᖅᑐᒦᑎᑕᐅᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ, ᒥᐊᓂᕆᔭᐅᑦᓯᐊᕐᓗᑎᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᓄᐃᖖᒋᑦᑎᐊᖅᑎᑕᐅᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ. ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᑕᐱᕇᒃᑯᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ (ITK) ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᖃᕐᒪᑕ ᐳᕝᕕᕆᓇᖅᑐᐊᓗᒃ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ (COVID-19) ᖃᓂᒪᓂᖃᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑭᐅᓯᒪᓕᕆᐊᕈᑎᐅᔪᑦ ᐊᑐᓕᖅᑎᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖏᑦ ᐃᓚᐅᑎᑦᓯᓂᖃᖁᓪᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᖃᑕᐅᑎᑦᓯᓂᖅ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ, ᐱᖃᓯᐅᑎᓗᒋᑦ ᑕᐃᒃᑯᐊ ᓯᑕᒪᐅᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᕆᓂᕐᓂ ᐊᕕᒃᑐᖅᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᑦ ᓯᓚᑖᓂᕐᒥᐅᑕᐅᔪᑦ.