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Qaujisaqtiit Society Now Open for Business

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(September 6, 2005 — Ottawa) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak today announced the launch of the Qaujisaqtiit Society, a new charitable non-profit Inuit organization. Kaludjak is also the President of the Qaujisaqtiit Society Board of Directors.

The Qaujisaqtiit Society will provide leadership and support for the organizations which make up its membership. The society will enhance its members’ capacity to effectively respond to evolving community needs for policies, programs and services throughout Nunavut, said Kaludjak.

Member organizations include NTI, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Inuit Heritage Trust, Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and Atuqtuarvik Corporation. Qaujisaqtiit Society members work on issues critical to Inuit in Nunavut, including Inuit culture, heritage protection, language preservation and promotion, elders and youth programs, education and training, environmental conservation, lands and wildlife management and health and social awareness.

Udloriak Hanson Comeau will serve as Executive Director of the Qaujisaqtiit Society.

The Qaujisaqtiit Society will play a vital role in opening doors for our members to new community investment in Nunavut. Our goal is to support Inuit organizations in Nunavut in identifying and securing resources to develop and establish much needed programs and services. This strategic step is also consistent with Inuit organizations’ efforts to diversify their revenue streams, said Hanson Comeau.

The Society will provide its members, at no cost, with a range of support including project/program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, identification of opportunities for strategic collaboration, and financial management, reporting and overall accountability to funders.

The Society is based in Ottawa to provide easy and direct access for foundations, corporations and federal government departments looking for exciting opportunities to become involved with Inuit organizations and Northern development issues.

For further information:
Udloriak Hanson Comeau