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NEWS: Around the Arctic April 10, 2012 - 3:34 pm

We sought restructuring of NAHO, national Inuit org says

ITK says they still support Inuit Tuttarvingat


The president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Mary Simon, said April 10 that ITK sought a restructuring of the National Aboriginal Health Organization, but that its termination creates “a serious void” in Inuit health research due to the impending loss of NAHO’s Inuit Tuttarvingat research service,.

“ITK encouraged a restructuring of NAHO to better reflect a distinction-based approach sought by Inuit. The loss of the Inuit Tuttarvingat Centre creates a serious void in Inuit health research and support to address Inuit health issues,” Simon said.

This past Good Friday, April 6, NAHO posted a short message on its website saying Health Canada has cut its funding, and that the organization will wind up by June 30.

In a series of tweets April 10, Steve Outhouse, the the director of communications for Leona Aglukkaq, the national health minister, said the Assembly of First Nations, the ITK and the Métis National Council, have withdrawn their support for NAHO.

In response to a critical editorial and column in the Globe and Mail, Outhouse said in a tweet that the Globe “doesn’t mention AFN, ITK & MNC withdrew support for NAHO.”

He also said the federal government still spends $30 million a year on aboriginal health research.

But Simon, in a news release, said ITK “continues to support the work of Inuit Tuttarvingat, and its work towards improving health research and information.”

Inuit Tuttarvingat, the Inuit section of NAHO, was known as the Ajunnginiq Centre until 2008.

NAHO was formed about 12 years ago, with the participation of four national aboriginal organizations, including ITK, the AFN, the Métis National Council and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.


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