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NEWS: Nunavut June 16, 2017 - 4:00 pm

New agreement signals “renewed partnership” between Pauktuutit, Ottawa

INAC to fund three-year project to explore gender-based violence in the North

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Pauktuutit president Rebecca Kudloo signs a new memorandum of understanding with the federal government in Ottawa June 15. At left, Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef and at right, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett,. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUKTUUTIT)
Pauktuutit president Rebecca Kudloo signs a new memorandum of understanding with the federal government in Ottawa June 15. At left, Minister of Status of Women Maryam Monsef and at right, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett,. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PAUKTUUTIT)

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has signed a new agreement with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada that’s designed to increase the well-being of Inuit women and children.

Pauktuutit said the agreement establishes a “renewed partnership” with the federal government, much like the new Inuit-to-Crown working policy group created earlier this year.

The new agreement, announced in Ottawa June 15, spells out regular, bi-annual meetings between the INAC minister and Pauktuutit’s president to review priorities.

The two parties also agree to negotiate multi-year, resourced work plans, Pauktuutit said.

“We have worked with INAC on many projects over the years, but this agreement will help us move forward on important policy issues including the need for federal funding for safe shelters in Inuit communities,” said Pauktuutit president Rebecca Kudloo in a June 15 statement.

“We have difficult but essential conversations ahead about how—together—we can find solutions to issues that include ending violence against Inuit women and children, healing from unresolved trauma and abuse, more services and supports for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and the challenges Inuit women face in our southern cities.”

As part of those discussions, INAC announced $898,000 towards a three-year project to look at the root causes of violence against Inuit women, by engaging men and boys.

The Pauktuutit-lead project will target all four regions of the Inuit Nunangat, partnering with both women’s and men’s groups, shelters and frontline services providers to develop and implement culturally appropriate interventions.

The project is a continuation of previous work Pauktuutit has done with Inuit men and boys.

“We will do a broad survey among Inuit women, men and youth so we can better understand the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that support these rates of violence,” Kudloo said.

Pauktuutit also plans to develop a national role-model campaign to encourage Inuit to speak out against gender-based violence.

Pauktuutit met this week with commissioners of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as well, to discuss an Inuit-focused approach to upcoming hearings.

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(14) Comments:

#1. Posted by time for action? on June 16, 2017

“We will do a broad survey among Inuit women, men and youth so we can better understand the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that support these rates of violence,” Kudloo said.

Duh? I think we know now what triggers these problems?
Isn’t it’s time to deal with them instead? Poverty, addictions, lack of education, lack of work??

#2. Posted by focused on June 16, 2017

#1 a wealthy man or women could have tendencies to abuse their loved ones.

#3. Posted by Knockout Ned on June 17, 2017

A great disturbance in the force was felt as dozens of consultants cheered in jubilation.

#4. Posted by Angus Andersen on June 17, 2017

Here’s a link to FB Page I started.  Feel free to copy and share:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/shutmuskratdownwaterbottlecampaign/

#5. Posted by Projects NOW! on June 17, 2017

No more Surveys!  That will drive women crazy!  They want you to do something tangible, straight forward to men, about men!
No more Reports - you are looking like the government!
Real, in-community campaigns about men getting help, reaching out, doing anger management, counselling, getting sober!

A real Marketing Campaign to them!

#6. Posted by Messaging on June 18, 2017

Men need alot of help. 
Women want them “fixed” so they are not so violent, drunk and emotionally and mentally abusive.
Things have to start somewhere and this is how to do it.
Big Posters up everywhere, explaining to men that jealousy, possessiveness, being suspicious is no way to live.
Encouraging them to get together with other men in men’s groups to examine their own lives.
Motivating them to own up to their behaviours and change them.
Have them understand people know and people watch them and they should be safe, stable role models for their sons.

#7. Posted by Soapy Joe at Haven on June 18, 2017

Why is it always like this?
Inuktitut language, Family violence, Recreation!
Always meetings of no use to anyone, apart from those who make a
good living from the misery of Nunavut people.
The people lose interest and you wonder why?
Funding should be within each community and not keep giving it to
the airy fairy groups.

#8. Posted by Men on June 18, 2017

I watched a young man ordering his girlfriend or wife around like she was a dog.  What is going on? 
Do they not get it yet, that women are EQUAL and these guys are NOT THE BOSS?
Come on Pauktuutit, do some real good and tell it like it is for many women up here.  Not surveys. 
You should know enough already.  You have asked these same questions for years, now go and do something real successful about it.

#9. Posted by Poking for high trauma conclusion on June 18, 2017

It’s INAC who’s funding and using the pawn, cash strapped Pauktuutit to look as if doing something.

The Gov (INAC) already has statistics and more current then these… female Inuit 1/3 under 15 years, 5% live alone, 31% live crowded house, 23% lone parent 3 or more kids, 60% employed sales/service (ie low pay), 54% without high-school education, 5% university degree, leave school bored or pregnancy, over half sexually abused…

Girl/female aggression increasing… bullying, threats, name calling, intimidation, harming others, physical violence, violent crimes, getting men to commit crime against female/male.

This INAC study gives off a strange vibe. INAC wants to keep the trauma growing? Trauma has a serious effect on body and mind for both sexes.

Such as poor grades and behaviour, mind shutting down, repeating abuse to others. Study focusing on boys/males, one can feel as if poking for high pressure conclusion of drama trauma violence worsening for female and male.

#10. Posted by Tin Foil Hat on June 19, 2017

There are some very strange, dare I say paranoid-delusional comments here.

#11. Posted by 1999 on June 19, 2017

Pauktuutit is making a start and has been standing strong to bring Inuit into the light.

This is the time for Inuit of Nunavut to have a shelter for women and support in communities.

The vision of Nunavut was not to keep Inuit hungry, in crowded homes, addicted, and abused.

The quality of Inuit culture is being unearthed from under the set up of a Nunavut to reflect the south with unions, politics and privileges.  Those 3 groups are a type of government dictated by votes.

Inuit are strong to stand and decide what will be for the people of Nunavut in keeping with true Inuit culture.

#12. Posted by Vision Statement on June 19, 2017

The 1999 Real Vision Statement

A government shaped by the people;
that belongs to the people…
that is accountable to the people
that is user-friendly; a blend of Inuit and contemporary systems
that welcomes innovation and creativity
that honours and welcomes Inuit knowledge.
 
This is the real one designed by representatives from every Nunavut community as their marching orders to their new Government…

#13. Posted by Pipe Major on June 19, 2017

# 12,
And the bagpipes played, “BELEIVE IT IF YE WAANT”.

#14. Posted by many years have passed now on June 19, 2017

#12 Nakurmiik.  Happy to read the words and remember when the vision of Nunavut was spoken out loud.  Words were also spoken that the learning and training will take many years.

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