Nunavut Day Cookbook

This cookbook was put together to showcase the love of food in the North, using recipes by individual home cooks all over Nunavut. Individuals across Nunavut submitted their favourite northern recipes to be judged, tried, and rated by three professional northern chefs. Individuals who submitted recipes for this contest were not allowed to have any professional cooking experience. This cooking contest was and is about the love of food in the North and how important it is to the Inuit culture.

Bill C-262: An essential framework for implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 In many ways, Canada waged war against Indigenous peoples through Law, and many of today’s laws reflect that intent. … The full adoption and implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will not undo the War of Law, but it will begin to address that war’s legacies.

Senator Murray Sinclair, Truth and Reconciliation Chair, April 2016

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a global human rights instrument setting out minimum standards for the “survival, dignity and well-being” of Indigenous peoples around the world.

In its Calls to Action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission named the UN Declaration as “the framework” for Canadians to come together to redress the terrible harms that have been inflicted on Indigenous peoples throughout Canada’s history.

Our organizations have been deeply involved in the promotion of the UN Declaration. We are firmly convinced of its vital importance to the cause of justice and reconciliation. From this perspective, we support the private member’s bill on implementation of the UN Declaration introduced in Parliament on April 21 by MP Romeo Saganash.

The recently elected government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly expressed its commitment to the implementation of the UN Declaration as a top priority. Bill C-262 has five elements that are crucial to fulfilling this promise:

  • Bill C-262 sets out the key principles that must guide implementation of the Declaration.
  • Bill C-262 provides clear public affirmation that the standards set out in the UN Declaration have “application in Canadian law.”
  • Bill C-262 would require a process for the review of federal legislation to ensure consistency with the minimum standards set out in the UN Declaration.
  • Bill C-262 requires the federal government to work with Indigenous peoples to develop a national action plan to implement the UN Declaration.
  • Bill C-262 provides transparency and accountability by requiring annual reporting to Parliament on progress made toward implementation of the Declaration.

Our organizations acknowledge that full implementation of the Declaration will require long-term commitment and collaboration. We need the Declaration precisely because so many of the laws and policies affecting the lives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada are profoundly unjust and rest on foundations of racism and colonialism. As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reminded us over and over again, “reconciliation is going to take hard work.”

The UN Declaration was the subject of one of the most extensive deliberation processes ever undertaken in the international human rights system. The collaboration between Canadian government representatives and Indigenous peoples during the final years of negotiation was a key factor in developing a text that could attain such broad, global support.

The development of the Declaration took more than two decades. Another decade has passed since the negotiations concluded. It is time for the government of Canada to commit to re-engage in a collaborative dialogue with Indigenous peoples to take the Declaration to the necessary next stage of domestic implementation. Bill C-262 provides a framework for doing so in a way that is principled, systematic, cooperative, transparent and accountable. This approach deserves the support of all Parliamentarians, all Parties and all Canadians.

– The Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Statement endorsed by:

Amnesty International Canada
Assembly of First Nations
Assemblée des Premières Nations du Québec et Labrador/Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
BC Assembly of First Nations
Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
Chiefs of Ontario
First Nations Summit
Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee)
Indigenous World Association
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Nunavut Tunngavik
Québec Native Women/Femmes Autochtones du Québec
Union of BC Indian Chiefs

Background:

  1. Bill C-262 sets out the key principles that must guide implementation of the Declaration. In its preamble, the Bill notes the importance of rejecting colonialism and doctrines of racial superiority. Instead, it embraces “a contemporary approach based on good faith and on principles of justice, democracy, equality, non-discrimination, good governance and respect for human rights.”
  2. Bill C-262 provides clear public affirmation that the standards set out in the UN Declaration have “application in Canadian law.” It is already well established that international human rights standards are a relevant and persuasive source of interpretation of Canadian law. Canadian courts regularly draw on international law for this purpose. The UN Declaration is not an exception: in fact, Canadian courts and tribunals have already used the UN Declaration to help interpret and clarify Canadian law. Affirmation of this principle in Bill C-262 helps address some of the confusion created by the previous government that had taken inaccurate and often contradictory positions on the legal application of the Declaration.
  1. Bill C-262 would require a process for the review of federal legislation to ensure consistency with the minimum standards set out in the UN Declaration. When Canada formally endorsed the Declaration in 2010, the federal government expressed confidence “that Canada can interpret the principles expressed in the Declaration in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution and legal framework.” Unfortunately what followed was the continued adoption of legislation without consultation with Indigenous peoples and without regard for their rights, despite often profound impacts on Indigenous cultures, well-being, and exercise of constitutionally-protected rights. The new government has promised to review all such legislation. Bill C-262 provides a legislative framework for the promised review.
  2. Bill C-262 requires the federal government to work with Indigenous peoples to develop a national action plan to implement the UN Declaration. Canada committed to such an action plan when it joined the international consensus in supporting the outcome document of the 2014 UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. Bill C-262 underlines the importance of doing so in a consultative and cooperative manner.
  3. Bill C-262 provides transparency and accountability by requiring annual reporting to Parliament on progress made toward implementation of the Declaration.

For more information:

Text of Bill C-262

Text of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

‘Veto’ and ‘Consent’ – Significant Differences, by Paul Joffe

Inter-Parliamentary Union: Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Handbook for Parliamentarians N° 23, 2014,

Indigenous Bar Association: Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: An Introductory Handbook

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Asia Pacific Forum: United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Manual for National Human Rights Institutions

Coalition for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Joint Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Free, Prior and Informed Consent

RFP – MOBILE DEVICE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT – Q&As

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


Can you indicate if your RFP is only targeting the Ipad (being iOS) device?Your RFP and multi-platform requirements suggest you seek a partner to build an app also for other Operating Systems like Android, (Blackberry ?). And is it only for tablets ? Or also for other mobile devices, like smart phones and/or Ipad mini ?


We require our app to be available on all mobile devices. This includes Tablets and mobile phones that are running either Apple IOS or Android.


Is your requirement to build a browser-based mobile app or a hybrid/native app (downloadable from App Stores onto the device, not necessarily requiring network connection ? Your requirements state the app need to interface with various data sources and content systems and the app requires good performance.


A Hybrid/Native APP that contains data relating to the NLCA. The NLCA aspect and Gaming aspect should be available offline, but the APP should be able to connect to the internet so we can also link to online content.


We can build all types of apps however considering your performance requirement and many data interfaces we likely will propose hybrid or native. We will show you also a cost breakdown. However we need a better understanding first of what kind of web services you have already available to integrate with the app. Can you inform us on the amount of webservices/ APIs available ?


We access to many different databases of information relating to the content we would like to include in this application. The connection to this data MUST be considered in the initial design phase of this application. We will later decide if we will simply link to the online data, or input it directly into the app, or both.


We are interested in the RFP for the Land Claim application. We have been looking to jump into this field for a couple of years – starting with optimizing websites for smart phones, ipads etc. We have some great programmers and app specialists as subcontractors and would love to work on this particular project. Is there an RFP package or terms of reference you can send me?


The RFP is available on the nti website


Ideation Phase:  When does this take place?  How does expanding the list of features effect the budget which has already been established?


Please see detailed RFP here: https://www.tunngavik.com/files/2015/01/2015-01-27-rfp-ipad-app.pdf   We will most likely not be expanding the list of features, but we are open to options.


CMS: Is there a preference for which CMS is used?


No,  we’d like the developer to choose the app management system that best fits our needs.


New Multimedia Content:  This is content that will be developed outside of the mandate of this RFP?  What type of multimedia content might this be?


This refers to the possibility of being able to update information into the application after its release.


Support:  Is NTI open to a separate support contract for ensuring app compatibility with future versions of the Android and Apple OS?


Yes


Designs: When referring to the finalization of the ‘design’, is NTI referring to the ’skin’ of the game?


Design meaning the organization and easy navigation of the app.


Data:  What data specifically is NTI referring to with regards to automatic updates?


NLCA – Definitions – Acronyms


Link to NTI web site:  In what way is the app to be linked to the NTI web site?


The linkage to the website refers to additional content that may be contained on our website that is related to items contained inside the application but not necessary to program into the application. These decisions will be a part of the overall information design process.


Mulit-Platform:  We take this to mean tablets and phones, are there other platforms such as desktop computers and laptops?


Tablets and phones.


Plain-language version:  What does this mean?


This is the Plain Language version of the NLCA.  https://www.tunngavik.com/blog/2004/01/01/a-plain-language-guide-to-the-nlcaukautiliit-ihuaktumik-maliguitkhait-nlcami%E1%90%85%E1%96%83%E1%90%85%E1%93%AF%E1%91%90%E1%90%83%E1%93%90%E1%93%87%E1%92%83%E1%91%AF%E1%91%A6-%E1%96%83%E1%90%85/


The development schedule:  Is NTI will to compress the schedule to two years, as Platforms and OS evolve rapidly, the app may be ‘old’ by the time the  launch date arrives.


Yes, if a conceivable timeline is proposed.


We are an Edmonton based company and we are not registered with your organization.  Will our bid be accepted? Does this RFP only apply to Inuit firms or are outside firms also accepted.


Outside firms are accepted.


The requirements in the application are very general, is there a commercial proposal required for this offer? Or will this be requested after a firm is selected to work with your organization? How should we approach the commercial proposal side?


There is no commercial component to our app.


 

Is it possible to get an extension until Monday the 9th?


 

Our March 6th deadline is firm and applies to all applicants.

 


 

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RFP – MOBILE DEVICE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), the land claims organization for Inuit in Nunavut, is requesting proposals from qualified proponents to design and produce a Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) educational application for use on mobile devices. The ability to meet timely deadlines and provide professional service will be a paramount consideration.