For Immediate Release
Kivalliq Hall Recognized as a Residential School
(April 15, 2019 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) executive committee members Aluki Kotierk and David Ningeongan have shared that the Kivalliq Hall in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut is now a recognized Residential School under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and encourage former students to get photo identification.
Former students of Kivalliq Hall who attended Canada’s last Residential School between 1985 and 1997 are eligible for compensation. Former students can apply for the Common Experience Payment beginning on May 1st, 2019. Applicants will be required to provide two pieces of identification, one of which must be a government issued photo identification.
“NTI and KIA are working with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to setup the administration to allow for Canada to process applications for the settlement’s Common Experience Payments, Independent Assessment Process and Personal Credits.” Said Ningeongan.
“The last Residential School in Canada closed just 22 years ago, two years before the creation of the Nunavut Territory. I applaud Canada for taking another step to reconcile their relationship with Inuit.” Said Kotierk.
The NTI executive is comprised of the President and Vice-President of NTI and the three regional Inuit associations, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Kivalliq Inuit Association and Kitikmeot Inuit Association. Ningeongan sits on the executive committee as President of the Kivalliq Inuit Association.
For further information:
Interim-Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated