NTI delegates call for action on social services, high cost of living
Resolutions focus on social, economic issues
Before adjourning to their next annual general meeting, Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2013 in Rankin Inlet, delegates to Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s AGM in Iqaluit weighed in on many issues by way of resolutions that they passed late Oct. 25.
Among issues dealt with in resolutions:
• Social services: delegates supported a resolution that calls for a transformation of the social services sector so it better represents Inuit, as well as a revamped foster child placement system. The goal: to preserve and promote Inuit language, culture and traditional values among children and keep Inuit children in Nunavut;
• High cost of living: delegates called for government action to combat the high cost of living in Nunavut and help Nunavummiut achieve the same standard of living available in the rest of Canada, by building basic infrastructure such as docks, roads and railways in Nunavut. Cost-effective transportation through roads and railways will lower the cost of living in Nunavut and facilitate inter-community trade and other activities, they said;
• More suicide prevention training for Nunavut high school students through the “Uqaqatigiilkuk” (Let’s talk about it) program;
• Walrus meat: delegates want a meat testing laboratory in Nunavut for walrus and other country foods, similar to the lab at the Nunavik research centre in Kuujjuaq. They said laboratory results are not always provided on a timely basis to hunters, so they can know more quickly whether, for example, walrus meat is infected with the worm-like parasite that leads to potentially lethal trichinosis outbreaks;
• Increased financial support for bodies that represent elders, women and youth and a separate call for youth centres in each Nunavut community; and,
• Money: the delegates approved NTI’s budget and asked through a separate resolution for more money to the Inuit organizations to cover future projected shortfalls.