Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is a federally incorporated registered charitable organization representing and promoting the interests of over 65,000 Inuit in Canada on a wide variety of environmental, social, cultural, and political issues and challenges on the national level. ITK works on behalf of Inuit who live primarily in the four regions of Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit Homeland: Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (northern Québec), and Nunatsiavut (northern Labrador), as well as Inuit located in urban centres such as Ottawa, Montreal and Edmonton.
ITK represents the rights and interests of Inuit at the national level through a democratic governance structure that represents all Inuit regions. ITK advocates for policies, programs and services that impact the health, social, cultural, political and environmental issues facing Inuit today.
ITK is governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of the following members:
- President, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC)
- President, Makivik Corporation
- President, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI)
- President, Nunatsiavut Government
In addition to voting members, the following non-voting Permanent Participant Representatives also sit on the Board:
- President, Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) Canada
- President, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
- President, National Inuit Youth Council
Poverty Reduction: Tools and GLI Planning
Poverty’s ongoing impacts in Inuit Nunangat are being addressed at multiple levels of governance in the Inuit regions and have been a part of the policy and advocacy work of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami across multiple files, committees, and working groups. On June 27, 2019, the ITK Board of Directors passed a resolution directing ITK to work with the Inuit regions, Pauktuutit and the National Inuit Youth Council to facilitate the full implementation of all Calls for Justice contained in the Final Report of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls National Inquiry. Inuit-specific Call for Justice 16.20 calls on all governments to support the establishment of financial supports and that “a guaranteed annual livable income model, recognizing the right to income security, must be developed and implemented.”
ITK’s Board approved 2020-2023 strategic plan names action on poverty reduction and commits to take strategic action to address the symptoms of poverty as well as advance innovative poverty reduction interventions across Inuit Nunangat. In order to do so, we must develop key resources to better inform our Poverty Reduction strategies, as well as inform innovative programs like Guaranteed Livable Income initiatives.
As we develop an example model of basic income that specifically targets those living around or below a poverty line established by regional cost of living and median income across Inuit Nunangat, the necessary measurement tools, Inuit specific indicators, and wrap around services must be created and examined as tools to better address poverty in Inuit Nunangat.
Scope of Work Requirements
The successful applicant will be required to undertake the following work:
- Demonstrate the socioeconomic impacts of a program like a GLI via a high-level economic analysis report of:
- The cost of poverty in Inuit Nunangat
- The socioeconomic impact of a Guaranteed Livable Income
- Create a report/database (or propose a deliverable which captures this information in the best usability possible) on Inuit specific indicators for measuring poverty that ensure any future data is a cultural match (that would be attuned to Inuit culture and values, and reflective of Inuit experiences).
- This would be done with the support of an advisory group of regional representatives with technical knowledge of poverty reduction in each region.
- An overview report of the wrap around services and regional poverty reduction strategies will be available to support this work
- Develop four cost of living indexes which are regionally specific, and utilize Inuit Indicators developed, so any future strategies or programs can be crafted using regionally specific indexes and better meet Inuit needs. Explore the possible need for sub-regional indexes should data collected indicate it is necessary to get more specific.
Summary of Request for Proposals
Through this RFP, we are seeking experienced economists and/or poverty reduction specialists who can support ITK and its regional partner organizations to develop appropriate measurement tools to better understand the regional impacts of poverty in Inuit Nunangat, and an economic analysis report that allows us to better understand the impacts of intervention programs like a Guaranteed Livable Income on Inuit economy and social well-being. We will assess proposals based on the following criteria (please include in your proposal):
- Qualifications of the applicant, including experience, interest, and a proven track record on advising organizations on cost of living measures and economic analysis.
- Experience with the Inuit economy, or experience with poverty measurements and/or poverty reduction strategies with economic lens
- Project description, outlining a sound, comprehensive approach that covers all tasks outlined in section III (Scope of Work Requirements).
- Achievable milestones.
- Budget and budget justification that fit with the project description and milestones. Budget for this project is set for $60,000. Proposals should fit this projection but may include alternative costing for alternative scope of works for consideration.
- Experience in working with Indigenous organizations on poverty reduction.
We anticipate that the work required for this project will start on October 21, 2020 and end on March 31, 2021. Applicants/Organizations may submit questions for further clarification up until October 5, with responses by end of day October 9.
Value for money will be a key consideration in assessing the proposals.
October 15, 2020