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Budget Passes for Nunavut Harvesters Support Program

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(January 14, 2004 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. today announced that the budget for the Nunavut Harvesters Support Program was approved by the Nunavut Trust. The budget, which operates on the calendar year cycle, projects total expenditures of nearly $4.2 million this year.

I am sure Inuit Beneficiaries agree that this is one of the most important programs NTI offers. By allocating more than $4 million each year to this program, I believe NTI clearly shows how committed we are to ensuring Inuit continue to participate in harvesting activities, said NTI 2nd Vice-President Raymond Ningeocheak, the Executive Member responsible for the NHSP.

The budget for the program is essentially the same as last year’s budget, although some money was reprioritized to give additional funding to certain areas.

For example, women’s role in the harvesting portion of the program was allocated $250,000, as compared to $100,000 last year.

This is very exciting and clearly illustrates to Inuit women that NTI recognizes and is respectful of the crucial role they play in harvesting in Nunavut. Our people would never have survived if women did not take such an important role in harvesting activities, said Ningeocheak.

Funding was also approved for a pilot project on developing hunter training at the community level. In addition, traditional knowledge enhancement was significantly increased. Both of these projects reflect NTI’s commitment to ensuring that Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit plays a central role in programs and services.

The Nunavut Harvester Support Program was established in 1993 by the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut. The partners each contributed $15 million to the fund, for a total of $30 million. The money was invested by the Nunavut Hunters Income Support Trust, enabling the program to continue to be funded while NTI, the Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada decide whether to invest in the continuation of the program.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4914
Cell: (867) 975-1337