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Transition to new NTI department complete

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(January 16, 2004 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated today announced the transition to the Social and Cultural Development Department from the Nunavut Social Development Council (NSDC) was complete.

The transition began more than a year ago when the NTI Board of Directors decided to assume responsibility for Inuit rights and obligations under Article 32 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA). To carry out these important obligations, NTI formed the Social and Cultural Development Department.

“This department has already been extremely beneficial to Inuit. Significant progress has been made in many social and cultural areas, including the development of the Qauma Mobile Treatment Program, the formation of a joint Social Housing Advocacy Working Group with the Government of Nunavut and the completion of the Annual Report on the State of Inuit Culture and Society, said NTI Chief Executive Officer John Lamb.

“I am extremely pleased to see how much we have accomplished in such a short period of time, said Lamb.

Lamb also noted that NTI had realized nearly $1 million in savings with the creation of the new department.

The transition will officially wrap up next week when NTI finalizes the transfer of equipment and the reassignment of roles and responsibilities previously held by staff in the Igloolik satellite office.

For further information:

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