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.
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today’s announcement by the Board of Directors of the Edmonton Canadian Football League team to discontinue use of its outdated moniker and transition to a new, as yet undetermined name.
Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, told The Globe and Mail on Wednesday that the Edmonton CFL team’s name is a vestige of another time and the debate around it has been damaging to Inuit and damaging to reconciliation in the country.
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).