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NTI Welcomes Nunavut Court of Appeal Decision to Allow Education Equality Rights Lawsuit Trial Preparations to Proceed

For Immediate Release
(May 22, 2024 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is pleased with the Nunavut Court of Appeal’s decision to allow trial preparations to proceed without further delay in the lawsuit launched by two Inuit families and NTI against the Government of Nunavut (GN).
In that lawsuit NTI and the Inuit families, on behalf of all Nunavut Inuit, seek protection under section 15 of the Charter of Rights and …

NTI Applauds Announcement of Commissioner of Modern Treaty Implementation

For Immediate Release
(May 7, 2024 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of the intention to create a new Agent of Parliament, the Commissioner of Modern Treaty Implementation (CMTI).
“The creation of a Commissioner of Modern Treaty Implementation demonstrates a real step towards genuine collaboration from Canada. Modern Treaties are key to the Inuit-Crown relationship, and their full implementation can go a long way to …

NTI is Saddened to Hear of the Passing of Lazarus Arreak — Former President of QIA, Longtime Interpreter/Translator and Advocate for Seniors in Nunavut

For Immediate Release
(May 6, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) It was with deep sadness that Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) learned of the passing of Lazarus Arreak of Pond Inlet. We extend our sympathies to his family, friends, and community.
Mr. Arreak was President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association and NTI Board Member from 1996 to 1998. Before that he worked in various roles within NTI, including Director of Economic Development and Director …

Makigiaqta Celebrates The End Of Another Successful STEAM Camp

For Immediate Release
(April 30, 2024 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Last week Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation (Makigiaqta) held a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) camp in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Fourteen students from grades 9 to 12 attended the camp, gathering at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) in the Kitikmeot community. The students came from five Nunavut communities: Cambridge Bay, Clyde River, Kugaaruk, Pangnirtung and Qikiqtarjuaq.
“Careers in STEAM are vital …

Federal Budget 2024 Falls Short of Meeting Urgent Needs of Nunavut Inuit

For Immediate Release
(April 17, 2024 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) While Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) looks forward to collaborating with the federal government on several initiatives announced yesterday in the federal budget titled Fairness for Every Generation, there remains a wide gulf between what Canada announced today and what Nunavut Inuit require for lives equitable to what most Canadians enjoy.
“Twenty-five years after the creation of the territory, the quality of life of …

NTI President Aluki Kotierk Elected Vice-Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

For Immediate Release
(April 15, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Today the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) announced that Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk has been elected to the position of Vice-Chair for the UNPFII.
President Kotierk has been a member of the UNPFII since January 1, 2023, and her current appointment runs to December 31, 2025.
President Kotierk is the first Inuk from Canada and Nunavut to be …

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Joins NTI on Tour of Nunavut Communities

For Immediate Release
(April 15, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) This week Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is pleased to host Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, in the Nunavut communities of Naujaat, Mittimatalik, and Iqaluit. Dr. Tam’s tour coincides with the launch of a community-wide screening clinic for tuberculosis (TB) in Naujaat.
Naujaat and Mittimatalik are currently experiencing TB outbreaks, a preventable and treatable disease that affects Nunavut Inuit at rates …

Community-wide tuberculosis prevention screening clinic in Naujaat

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2024 (Iqaluit, Nunavut) – The Department of Health, in partnership with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), advises residents of Naujaat that a tuberculosis (TB) prevention screening clinic is planned to run from April 15th to the end of May. The clinic is being held in response to the rising number of TB rates in the community.
It is important for all residents of Naujaat to participate in the …

Makigiaqta and NCC Development Announce $4.9 Million Partnership to Train Nunavut Inuit in Building Construction Trades

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(April 9, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Today, the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation (Makigiaqta) and NCC Development (NCCD) announced a partnership to deliver a Trades Training and Career Building Program for Nunavut Inuit. The agreement provides training funding from Makigiaqta over 6 years and will see NCC train up to 90 Inuit as apprentices in the construction industry. Participants will receive hands-on training, and work with certified journeypersons.
Construction is …

NTI Board of Directors Allocate Funding for Inuit Early Learning and Child Care Funding, Infrastructure, and Improve Compassionate Travel Program

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(March 27, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Last week Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Board of Directors met by videoconference, with important decisions for Nunavut Inuit.
The Board approved the allocation of $1.38 million for Inunnguinirmut Tukimuattittijiit to review options for the transformation of Inuit-led and Inuit-delivered early childhood services. Inunnguinirmut Tukimuattittijiit is a working group made up of representatives from NTI and the three Regional Inuit Associations (RIAs) and will …

Partnering for a TB-Free Nunavut on World Tuberculosis Day

For Immediate Release
Iqaluit, Nunavut (March 26, 2024) – Together, the Government of Nunavut (GN) and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) marked World Tuberculosis (TB) Day this past Sunday, March 24, 2024, by reaffirming their commitment to ending TB in Nunavut.
NTI and the GN have developed educational colouring sheets paired with a conversation guide for parents, guardians, and adults. These materials will help Nunavummiut to start talking about TB with …

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Board of Directors Regular Meeting Update

(March 20, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Due to weather, the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) Board of Directors will not be able to gather in Baker Lake, Nunavut for its regular meeting this week. The Board will conduct the remainder of its meeting online.
NTI President Aluki Kotierk and the entire Board of Directors regret that they are not able to gather in Baker Lake. As we will not be able to …

Changes to Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Board of Directors Regular Meeting in Baker Lake, Nunavut

(March 18, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Due to weather, the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) Board of Directors will commence their regular meeting online on Tuesday, March 19, 2024. We are looking into options for meeting in-person in Baker Lake for later in the week. We will provide an update when we have confirmation.
The NTI Board meetings are public and will be live streamed on NTI’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/Tunngavik
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public notice – board of directors meeting

For immediate release
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Board of Directors Regular Meeting
in Baker Lake, Nunavut
(March 12, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) Board of Directors will commence their regular meeting at the Community Hall in Baker Lake, Nunavut, March 19-21, 2024. The NTI Board meetings are public and will be live streamed on NTI’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/Tunngavik
WHAT: NTI Board of Directors Meeting
WHO: NTI Board of Directors
WHEN: March 19-21, …

Nunavut Devolution partners launch Inunnguqsaivik learning community

Iqaluit, Nunavut (February 14, 2024) – The Government of Nunavut (GN), Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and the Government of Canada today launched Inunnguqsaivik: Learning for a purpose.
This new learning support initiative will help ensure Nunavut Inuit have the skills and knowledge to manage stewardship of Nunavut’s lands, waters, and resources when these roles and responsibilities are transferred from the federal government to the GN. It will also support and connect with …

NTI Awaits Nunavut Court Decision On An Appeal Brought by the GN To Halt Education Equality Rights Lawsuit

(February 13, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Today, the Nunavut Court of Appeal heard an appeal brought by the Government of Nunavut (GN), asking the Court to dismiss a lawsuit launched by two Inuit families alongside Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) in 2021. In that lawsuit, NTI and the Inuit families are seeking protection under s. 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms on behalf of all Inuit.
Inuit students face systemic …

NTI Applauds Supreme Court of Canada’s Decision Affirming Indigenous People’s Right of Self-Government

For Immediate Release
(February 9, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Aluki Kotierk, President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) applauds today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming the validity of the Act Respecting First Nations, Métis and Inuit Children Youth and Families, which became law in 2019. The Act affirms the right of Indigenous Peoples to exercise self-government as described in the Constitution Act, 1982, and affirms the right of Inuit to exercise …

NTI Welcomes Guilty Plea but Calls for Justice for All Involved in Inuit Identity Fraud Cases

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(February 9, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Today, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) welcomes the guilty plea by Karima Manji in the Nunavut Court of Justice for fraud committed against Nunavut Inuit. Manji falsely claimed that she adopted her twin daughters, Nadya and Amira Gill, from an Inuk mother and applied to have them enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement. The twins subsequently received financial and other benefits, reserved for Inuit …

MAKIGIAQTA ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION IN FUNDING TO SUPPORT TRAINING AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR NUNAVUT INUIT

For Immediate Release
(January 26, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Earlier this week, the Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation (Makigiaqta) Board of Directors approved $12 million in funding support for training and post-secondary education for Nunavut Inuit.
Makigiaqta approved a policy on Large-Scale Initiatives Supporting Inuit in Post-Secondary Education which will provide funding of $5 million dollars in both the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025. The funding is an addition to Inuit Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) programs …

NTI BOARD APPROVES FUNDING INCREASE TO INUIT ELDERS SUPPORT PROGRAM

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NTI BOARD APPROVES FUNDING INCREASE TO INUIT ELDERS SUPPORT PROGRAM
(January 25, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) This week, the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Board of Directors approved enhancements to the Uqqujjait Innarnut Elders Support Program.
Enhancements approved by the board include providing $175 to every eligible Elder, moving away from the tiered system that had been in place since the program’s inception in 1999. This represents an increase for all …

NTI President Signs Devolution Agreement

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(January 18, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut) Today Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk signed the Nunavut Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nunavut Premier PJ Akeeagok.
Since August 15, 2019, when an Agreement-in-Principle was signed, NTI has worked with Canada and Nunavut on the transfer of Crown lands and resources from the federal government to the Government of Nunavut. Nunavut is the last …

Government of Canada, Government of Nunavut, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated reach final agreement on the devolution of Nunavut


January 18, 2024 (Iqaluit, Nunavut) –  Since Nunavut’s creation as a territory close to 25 years ago, the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated have worked in close partnership to realize the goal of economic, social, and cultural well-being of Nunavut through self-determination.
Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, the Minister of Northern Affairs, Dan Vandal, the Premier of Nunavut, P.J. Akeeagok, and the President …

Wastewater monitoring: research aims to enhance TB prevention and detection in Nunavut

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Iqaluit, Nunavut (January 16, 2024) – A groundbreaking research study is being launched in Iqaluit to explore wastewater monitoring as a tool to detect and prevent the spread of tuberculosis (TB) in Nunavut.
The five-year research study aims to develop and optimize TB wastewater monitoring in the City of Iqaluit to determine if earlier detection of TB bacteria in wastewater can allow for earlier public health interventions to treat …

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – MENTAL HEALTH REVIEW BOARD

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Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) is seeking individuals to put forward as Community Member nominees for the newly established Mental Health Review Board.
Successful candidates will be provided training prior to the commencement date of the new Mental Health Act (anticipated in 2025). Appointed Community Members will receive an honorarium for their training and services.
The Mental Health Review Board can accept applications and hear matters from patients who are being …