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RCMP V Division of Nunavut Charges Three Women for Fraudulent Enrolment with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

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RCMP V Division of Nunavut Charges Three Women for Fraudulent Enrolment with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

(September 21, 2023, Iqaluit, Nunavut) The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) V Division of Nunavut has charged three women for fraudulent enrolment with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI). The charges come as a result of an investigation into alleged enrolment fraud that NTI referred to the RCMP earlier this year. This case underscores the significance of preserving the integrity of Inuit enrolment and reaffirms the commitment to uphold the principles set forth in the Nunavut Agreement, Article 35.

The Nunavut Agreement, Article 35, lays out the established processes for enrolment and underscores the rights of Inuit to be enrolled according to their own customs and traditions. It recognizes the importance and autonomy of Community Enrolment Committees (CECs) in evaluating enrolment applications, in accordance with Article 35 and the Enrolment Manual.

“Inuit identity is a matter of profound cultural significance, deeply embedded in the tapestry of Inuit culture, history, and way of life. It transcends mere paperwork or formal documentation and is rooted in shared traditions, languages, and the legacy of ancestors,” says Aluki Kotierk, President of NTI. “Inuit identity is intimately linked to the land, the stories passed down through generations, and the customs that define their way of life. It encompasses the knowledge of traditions, use of languages, and the appreciation of customs that truly define Inuit individuals.”

The rarity of false claims within the Inuit community can be attributed to the close-knit nature of the community. Inuit are not only known by name but by shared experiences, family bonds, and community ties. This deep familiarity within the community serves as a safeguard against attempts to falsely claim Inuit identity. The connection to Nunavut and the land  is further strengthened by the concept of “associated community” in Article 35, which requires an applicant to apply for enrolment through the traditional community of his/her parents and grandparents.

While this case is considered isolated, NTI has taken steps to strengthen the enrolment process. NTI has recommended additional measures to the CECs, including:

  • All applicants are now required to provide a copy of the long-form birth certificate. Exceptions may be granted for children applying for enrolment who are residing in a Nunavut community where at least one birth parent also resides.
  • The birth certificate will be a key piece of supporting evidence for CECs in their decision-making process, particularly if one or both birth parents are/were enrolled. In cases where this cannot be provided, applicants are required to provide at least two additional pieces of evidence, such as hospital/birth records, court records, adoption papers, or affidavits from individuals with firsthand knowledge.

NTI remains committed to preserving the integrity of Inuit enrolment and ensuring that only those who genuinely meet the criteria are enrolled. These measures are essential in maintaining the cultural heritage and identity of the Nunavut Inuit community.

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Kevin Kablutsiak

Director of Communications

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

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