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Nunavut Harvesters Support Program

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(March 7, 2006 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 2nd Vice-President Raymond Ningeocheak today announced that the Nunavut Harvesters Support Program would spend $2.8 million on its programs this year.

NTI understands the important role that harvesting plays in the lives of our Beneficiaries. NTI is clearly showing how committed we are to ensuring Inuit continue to participate in harvesting activities. This is one of the most important programs NTI offers, said NTI 2nd Vice-President Raymond Ningeocheak, NTI’s Executive Officer responsible for the NHSP.

Along with the funding announcement, Ningeocheak announced the launch of Atugaksait Program, formerly known as the Women’s Role in Harvesting Program and the Traditional Knowledge Enhancement Program.

Inuit interested in the Atugaksait Program or other Nunavut Harvester Support Programs may apply for funding to teach survival skills, harvesting knowledge or traditional sewing techniques. Funding may also be sought for large equipment, small equipment, and community harvests.

Application forms are available from Hunters and Trappers Organizations. Atugaksait Program forms are also available from Community Liaison Officers.

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