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NEWS: Nunavut October 25, 2012 - 10:28 am

GN-NTI agree to joint work on poverty reduction in Nunavut

Nunavut food security symposium to be held January 2013 in Iqaluit.

DAVID MURPHY

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Cathy Towtongie and Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak were all smiles when they signed a memorandum of understanding on Nunavut’s poverty reduction efforts Oct. 24 at the NTI annual general meeting in Iqaluit.

The MOU is an agreement between the Government of Nunavut and NTI to collaborate on implementation of the Makimaniq poverty reduction plan.

The Makimaniq plan was first announced in February 2012.

Among its goals: to establish a food security coalition and produce a food security plan for Nunavut.

The signing of the MOU calls for a series of roundtables on poverty reduction to:

• provide leadership and oversight for the implementation of the Makimaniq plan;
• prepare a five-year poverty reduction action plan for Nunavut, which includes public participation; and,
• support initiatives taken by local networks of community organizations engaged in poverty reduction

“The MOU will help us to maintain our partnership for the long-term and will ensure that we include others in the territory who have joined the fight to reduce poverty,” Aariak said at the NTI gathering in Iqaluit’s Anglican Parish Hall.

The NTI and GN leaders will meet at roundtables at least twice a year.

Development of the Nunavut food security strategy, also tied into the MOU, is set to start this fall with a series of roundtables that will bring together the Nunavut food security coalition, a joint NTI and GN press release said.

The coalition includes seven GN departments, and representatives from the Kitikmeot, Qikiqtani, and Kivalliq Inuit Associations.

They will meet with “harvesters, producers, retailers, Inuit organizations, GN departments, communities, and non-government organizations” to discuss the strategy.

A Nunavut food security symposium would then be held January 2013 in Iqaluit.

Participants at the symposium will prepare the food security strategy, which will be released in the spring of 2013.

 

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