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NTI Releases the Annual Report on Inuit Culture and Society

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(May 11, 2004 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak today released the Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society.

The Annual Report was prepared and released in accordance with Article 32 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. The Social and Cultural Development Department of the land claims organization is tasked with writing the report on behalf of NTI.

The report describes some of the serious social and cultural problems facing Inuit society here in Nunavut, but we have also endeavoured to recognize the assets and strengths that form the foundation of our communities and society in general, said Kaludjak.

These assets are a compelling reason to tackle the profound challenges confronting our communities and to continue working hard for the vision and hopes that led to Nunavut’s creation in the first place. NTI and the other Inuit organizations look forward to working closely and co-operatively with the Government of Nunavut and the Government of Canada along the way, he said.

The report touches on the ten priority areas assigned to the Social and Cultural Development Department after NTI assumed the obligations of the Nunavut Social Development Council in March of 2002. The ten priority areas include housing, health, Elders, Inuit Qaujiamajatuqangit, community wellness, education, language, Article 2, cultural expression and the annual report.

Also in accordance with Article 32, the report will be tabled in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly and the House of Commons in 2004.

For further information:

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