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NTI Isolation Kit Update for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19

NTI Isolation Kit Update for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19
(September 20, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) has updated the requirements for Nunavut Inuit, directly affected by COVID-19, requesting Isolation Kits to provide supplies and support. Isolation Kits will be provided to Inuit who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are required to isolate for 14 days as a result of contact tracing, or are in a Nunavut community …

Bill 55 Transfers Millions in Taxes from Mining Companies to Inuit with No Additional Revenue or Benefit to Nunavut

Bill 55 Transfers Millions in Taxes from Mining Companies to Inuit with No Additional Revenue or Benefit to Nunavut
(September 17, 2021, Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) With the passage of Bill 55 – An Act to Amend the Property Assessment and Taxation Act (PATA), the Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have transferred the burden of paying millions of dollars in …

Makigiaqta Invests $12.4 Million in Inuktut Teacher Training

(September 14, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) The Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation (MITC) approved a $12.4 Million partnership with the Government of Nunavut and the Nunavut Arctic College to increase Inuktut within Nunavut schools through strengthening Inuktut teacher training.
“NTI is a strong supporter of Inuktut education, revitalization, and culture. Educating our children in our first language is a necessary step to increasing the achievement rates of Nunavut Inuit in …

NTI Board of Directors Meeting Concludes in Kinngait

NTI Board of Directors Meeting Concludes in Kinngait
(September 3, 2021 – Kinngait, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) concluded their Board of Directors meeting in Kinngait yesterday.
Highlights from the meeting include resolutions that approved $13 million in loan funding, to the following two initiatives:
Nukik Corporation, with the full support of the Kivalliq Inuit Association and Sakku Investments Corporation, was approved for a $5 million loan, over a 4-year interest free …

Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Memorial Scholarship Recipients Announced

(August 13, 2021 Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk would like to congratulate Angela Mukyungnik of Arviat and Jenna Kilabuk-Qaqqasiq of Pangnirtung on being named recipients of the Jose Amaujaq Kusugak (JAK) Memorial Scholarship for 2021.
The JAK Scholarship awards $5,000.00 annually to two (2) students who embody Jose Kusugak’s passion and dedication to education, language, and advancement of Inuit rights.
Angela and Jenna are both attending the Nunavut …

INUIT CELEBRATE THE OPENING OF THE LEONARD PUTULIK CULTURAL CENTRE

(July 22, 2021, Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk joins Inuit in celebrating the opening of the Leonard Putulik Cultural Centre.
“The Leonard Putulik Cultural Centre is a beautiful hopeful space, full of potential creativity from the community to nurture cultural knowledge transference, while strengthening and celebrating Inuit culture and language. There is no doubt that it will soon be a central cultural hub for Chesterfield Inlet,” said …

Congratulations to the Nunavut Day Contest Winners!

(July 19, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk would like to congratulate this year’s winners for NTI’s Home Cook Challenge and Decorating Contest!
“Although this year’s Nunavut Day was another virtual celebration, it was clear that Nunavut Inuit showed their pride in where they come from and utilized the resources they had to enter these contests.  This is true ingenuity!”, said NTI President, Aluki Kotierk.
Home Cook …

Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation Scholarship Program – Call for Applications

(July 16, 2021 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation (NTF) will be accepting Scholarship applications from July 19, 2021 to August 31, 2021 for the Post-Secondary Scholarship and the Skills and Employment Advancement Scholarship.
 
NTF Scholarships can be used towards tuition, fees, books, materials and program supplies, travel and accommodation, living expenses, childcare, meals and student debt.
 
$1500 Skill & Employment Advancement: Recipients will be enrolled in a recognized program related …

NTI Congratulates Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada

(July 6, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk today congratulates Mary Simon on her appointment as Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General.
“This is a momentous day for all of us – Inuit, Indigenous Peoples and Canadians alike.  Not only am I confident that this appointment will help pave avenues for reconciliation and communication within Canada, I am extremely excited about the spark of possibilities this ignites …

Virtual Nunavut Day Celebrations!

(July 2, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) will be hosting Nunavut Day celebrations virtually again this year – but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be fun!
The Nunavut Day organizing committee has worked hard to ensure that all Inuit, including Inuit living outside of the Nunavut Settlement Area are able to participate in this year’s celebrations.
NTI will be hosting 2 contests and a LIVE TV event:

Home …

NTI applauds the passing of landmark piece of federal legislation on Indigenous rights

(June 30, 2021, Iqaluit, Nunavut) On June 21, 2021, Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) Act, received Royal Assent. The purpose of the Act is to bring Canada’s laws into harmony with UNDRIP and to provide a way forward for the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples to work together to fully implement UNDRIP in Canada. Such implementation should ensure the consistent application …

CBC North to Premiere “Kappiataittut/Fearless” on Canada Day

(June 30, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) This Canada Day, July 1st, Canadians in the three territories will have the   unique opportunity to watch the ‘must-see’ documentary film, “Kappiataittut/Fearless,” which examines the formation of Nunavut through the voices of the Inuit negotiators, who over thirty years, made history and changed the map of Canada.
‘Kappiataittut /Fearless’ was produced in 2018 by Inuit Communications Systems Limited (ICSL), a subsidiary of the Inuit Broadcasting …

NTI Extends Its Solemn Solidarity with Cowessess First Nation

Warning: the following statement may be triggering as it contains references to genocide of Indigenous Peoples and the ongoing legacy of residential schools.
 
(June 28, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) extends its solemn solidarity with the members of the Cowessess First Nation and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations on the discovery of the remains of 751 children at the site of a former residential school in Saskatchewan.
 
“We …

Apply for Cultural and Healing Funding

(June 25, 2021 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) will be accepting applications for the Cultural and Healing Program.
Inuit can apply for project funding for 1) programs that address the harms and intergenerational effects of residential schools 2) traditional on-the-land programs or 3) the teaching of Inuit history, culture, languages and traditions.
Individual and groups of Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, urban and friendship …

Nunavut Day Home Cook Challenge!

Nunavut Day 2021
Home Cook Challenge
Submit your favourite northern recipe!
Deadline for participants to apply is July 4.
Winners will be announced on Nunavut Day!
To qualify you must be a home cook and not a professional cook or chef from any Nunavut establishment.
 
Download (PDF, 773KB)

Culture and Healing Programs Funded

(June 21, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation (NTF) is pleased to announce that more than $92,000 has been allocated to four (4) Cultural & Healing Programs.
 
These four programs will take place during the 2021 summer season:

Lasalusi Ishulutak, Pangnirtung; On-the-Land Program
Krista Zawadski, Rankin Inlet and Chesterfield Inlet; Beading and Sewing Group
Elizabeth Ningeongan, Coral Harbour; On-the-Land Program
Kitikmeot Friendship Society, Cambridge Bay; Youth On-the-Land Program

 
“On National Indigenous Peoples Day, let us …

NTI Affirms National Inuit Action Plan in response to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children National Inquiry

NTI Affirms National Inuit Action Plan in response to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Children National Inquiry
(June 4, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) affirms the National Inuit Action Plan released by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.
The Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Inuit organizations need to work together to reduce violence in our communities. The National Inuit Action Plan …

COVID-19 vaccination video series

COVID-19 vaccination video series – Nancy Mike, Registered Nurse

For more information on initiatives NTI is taking to combat COVID-19, please check out our website COVID19.tunngavik.com

COVID-19 vaccination video series -Methusalah Kunuk
For more information on initiatives NTI is taking to combat COVID-19, …

Iqaluit COVID-19 Walk-in Vaccination Clinic

June 2, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Iqalummiut ages 12 and older will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccine during an Iqaluit COVID-19 Walk-in Vaccination Clinic.
Who: Iqalummiut ages 12 and older
Date: June 16 – 19, 2021
Time: 1:00 to 10:00 pm
Location: Curling Rink
Three door prizes have been provided by the City of Iqaluit: a Distancing Outdoors Prize with a value of $500; a Stay-at-Home Baking Prize with a value of $500; …

Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize Ceremony

(May 27, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)  Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is pleased to announce that the Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize will be awarded during a live television ceremony on Thursday, June 3, 2021.
“I am encouraged by the overwhelming response to the Inuktuuqta! Inuktut Writing Prize. With more than sixty submissions, it is clear to me that there is a real need for Inuktut literature. To everyone who submitted, I thank you …

NTI Urges Mandatory Paid Sick Leave in Nunavut

(May 13, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) urges the Government of Nunavut (GN) to put measures in place to ensure that mandatory paid sick leave is offered to all workers in Nunavut.

NTI is concerned by the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the territory and their potential links to essential workers. Nunavut does not have mandatory paid sick leave, paid sick leave is limited or not available …

Isolation Kits for Individuals Impacted by COVID-19

(May 3, 2021, Iqaluit) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) has expanded eligibility for Isolation Kits to support Nunavut Inuit to stay home.
Inuit undertaking 14-day isolation may now have an Isolation Kit delivered to their family in their home community. This includes medical travel patients and medical travel escorts during isolation periods including travel to Iqaluit and in medical travel isolation hubs in southern centres. This is an addition to the current …

PASSING OF THOMAS BERGER SADDENS NTI

(April 30, 2021 Iqaluit, Nunavut) Aluki Kotierk, the President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) today offered her deepest condolences to the family of the late Thomas R. Berger who passed away on Wednesday.
Thomas Berger was very important in getting the federal government to change its policies and recognize that Aboriginal rights and title must be dealt with. This was through his role as legal counsel for the Nisga’a Tribal Council …

NTI Reacts to the 2021 Federal Budget

(April 20, 2021, Iqaluit, Nunavut) In the midst of a citywide lockdown and growing COVID-19 case counts, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) is cautiously optimistic with the 2021 federal budget.
“Since the establishment of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee in 2017, Inuit priorities have been increasingly recognized in the federal budgets. I am optimistic with commitments made in the budget for an Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund, early learning and to address gender-based violence. …

Application Period for Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Scholarship Now Open

(April 12, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk today announced that the application period for the Jose Amaujaq Kusugak Scholarship is now open.
The application period will run from April 12 to July 9, 2021. Applicants must write a 500-word essay that describes in detail how the applicant will use their education to promote Inuit rights, identity, language, and culture.
Jose Amaujaq Kusugak dedicated his life to …

NTI Welcomes 2nd Roll-Out of the Nunavut Government Employee Survey

(March 31, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)  Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk welcomes the 2nd roll-out of the Nunavut Government Employee Survey (NGES) to all Government of Nunavut (GN) and Government of Canada employees in Nunavut.
The NGES comes from a commitment after the settlement of the 2015 lawsuit against the federal government for its failure to live up to its obligations to the Nunavut Agreement.  The results of the …

Cultural and Healing Program – Call for Applications

(March 30, 2021 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation (NTF) Cultural and Healing Program. Inuit can apply for project funding for 1) programs that address the harms and intergenerational effects of residential schools 2) traditional on-the-land programs 3) the teaching of Inuit history, culture, languages and traditions.
 
Individual and groups of Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut …

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. to Distribute Inuktut Resources in Nunavut

(March 26, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)  Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) and Inhabit Media is committed to ensuring that Inuit families have access to Inuktut books and educational resources to support Inuktut language learning at home.  With support from the Indigenous Communities Support Fund from the Government of Canada, NTI, in partnership with Inhabit Media, are pleased to distribute home-based Inuktut Literacy Kits to Inuit children in Nunavut.
 
The Inuktut Literacy Kits …

NTI Shares Next Steps Toward TB Elimination

 
(March 24, 2021– Iqaluit, Nunavut)  Today on World TB Day, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is pleased to share next steps toward TB elimination in Nunavut.
 
A year ago, the Nunavut Tuberculosis Elimination Action Plan, 2020-2023 was unanimously approved by the NTI Board of Directors. Efforts to secure endorsement of the Action Plan by the Government of Nunavut (GN) were hampered by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and activities planned for …

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. – Enrolment Card Information

(March 23, 2021 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut ) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) would like to remind Nunavut Inuit the importance of updating their personal information on the Enrolment list.
 
If you are a Canadian citizen, you are Inuk according to the Inuit customs and usages and you identify as an Inuk, you may be eligible.  If you are already enrolled, please update your information with the Enrolment department of NTI if:
 

Your …

Inuktut Writing Prize Update

(March 22, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)  The Inuktut Writing Prize received submissions from 67 different authors, encompassing a variety of writing styles including short stories, poetry, and biographies. Due to the high number of submissions, November and December COVID-19 lockdown and unforeseen circumstances, the jury process is on-going and the prize will be announced as soon as possible.
 
Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation extends its thanks to Nunavut Inuit for their submissions and …

Inuit invest $11 Million in Domestic Violence Shelters

(March 18, 2021 – Baker Lake, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and the Regional Inuit Organizations (RIAs) allocate $11 million for four new domestic violence shelters.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for shelters built in Nunavut for Inuit, particularly women and children, whom have experienced increased incidences of violence during isolation periods, and Inuit living in overcrowded conditions.
Nunavut Inuit organizations are allocating the new phase of Indigenous Community Support …

NTI’s Uqqujjait Innarnut – Elder Support Program

(March 17, 2021 – Baker lake, Nunavut)  Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) urges all eligible Elders who have not submitted an application to apply for the Uqqujjait Innarnut – Elders Support Program. NTI launched the program in October of 2020 during the NTI Annual General Meeting in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Under this program, all eligible Nunavut Inuit born between January 1, 1949 and December 31, 1955 are eligible to receive a …

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Board of Directors Meeting – Notice to the Public

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Board of Directors Meeting 
Notice to the Public
 
This is a notice to the public that the 2021 Board of Directors Meeting of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. will be held from March 16-18, 2021in Baker Lake, NU in person and VIA ZOOM and Facebook LIVE from the Community Hall.
All COVID-19 measures will be followed, including social distancing, frequent hand washing and limiting the number of people in the …

Working Together to Support Inuktut Education in Nunavut

IQALUIT, March 9, 2021
Inuit are best positioned to reclaim, revitalize, strengthen and maintain their language.
The Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated welcomed the signing of a memorandum of understanding to support and strengthen the Inuktut language and education across Nunavut today. The Government of Canada is reaffirming its commitment to invest $42 million over five years to support this agreement. In addition to the significant …

NTI Announces Unofficial Results of Presidential Election

(February 9, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Chief Returning Officer Kathleen Sigurdson today announced that Aluki Kotierk was re-elected as President of NTI with 69% of votes.
 
Kotierk will serve as President for a four-year term, until December 2024.
 
Kotierk will serve on NTI’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Inuit Social and Cultural Development Advisory Committee and as a Chair of NTI’s affiliate organizations Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation, Nunavut …

Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation Scholarships Available

(February 2, 2021, Rankin Inlet,Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is pleased to announce a second call-out for Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation (NTF) scholarship applications. Application forms for the Skill & Employment Advancement and Post-Secondary Education Scholarships will be accepted from February 1, 2021 to February 12, 2021 at 5:00PM CST.
“The Foundation awarded 191 Post-Secondary Scholarships and 57 Training & Advancement Scholarships in the fall of 2020. We are able to support …

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Election for President Update

(January 29, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) Election for President has your safety in mind.
In most Nunavut communities:

Advanced polls will be on February 1, 2021, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm local time;
Election Day, February 8, 2021, polls will be open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm local time; and
Mobile polls, voters can request a physical distancing, no contact, mobile ballot, you can schedule with your local …

2015-2017 Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society Released

(January 28, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Acting President James Eetoolook today announced the release of the 2015-2017 Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society (SICS), entitled Resilience in Life, which focuses on pathways to reducing suicide in Nunavut.
 “Some of our youth grow up believing that suicide is part of our culture. It is not. It is a symptom …

Get Your Moderna Vaccine to Protect Against COVID-19

(January 19, 2021, Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is encouraging all Nunavut Inuit to get vaccinated with the Moderna Vaccine.
“The researchers who developed the Moderna vaccine have a high level of knowledge about vaccines and have gone through Health Canada to get this approved. We need to get our information from these experts”, said James Eetoolook, Acting President of NTI.
The Moderna vaccine is 94% effective at preventing serious infection …

NTI Congratulates Eva Aariak as Commissioner of Nunavut

(January 19, 2021, Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Acting President James Eetoolook today congratulated Eva Aariak on her appointment to the role of Commissioner of Nunavut.
Aariak has had an extensive career serving Nunavummiut in various capacities.  She has served as the first Languages Commissioner of Nunavut, elected as the MLA representing Iqaluit East, and was then chosen as the first female Premier of Nunavut.
“We appreciate that in all of …

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Virtual Events

Notice to the Public
This is a notice to the public that the below meetings will be held VIA ZOOM and Facebook LIVE
 
NTI Virtual Events
January 18, 2021:  NTI Board of Directors and Executive
Meeting Time:  10:30 AM  – 12PM and 3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
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January 19, 2021:  Nunavut Tunngavik Foundation
Meeting Time:  3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern
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January 20, 2021:  Makigiaqta
Meeting Time:  10:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern.
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Join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86122648689?pwd=VmszVXczbkNjTjVJWXZaRjc0dUdDUT09
 
Passcode: NTIvw2021
 
Watch …

NTI Election – Revised Notice of Election

(January 5, 2021 – Iqaluit, Nunavut)      Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Chief Returning Officer, Kathleen Sigurdson, confirmed NTI’s official list of candidates for the election of president on February 8, 2021, with the campaigning period re-starting on January 4, 2021.
The following candidates filed in accordance with NTI’s Election Rules and Procedures for the election of president by the deadline:
Aluki Kotierk
Andrew Nakashuk
Voters must be 16 years of age or older as …