It’s official — the KIA takes over the KEDC

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association will now deliver the region’s business and training programs

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Starting April 2, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association assumes responsibility for programs previously delivered by the Kitikmeot Economic Development Commission, the KIA said in a March 29 news release.

The KIA decided to fold the KEDC on March 31 after the KEDC, whose mandate is to assist business and training, accumulated a debt of several hundred thousand dollars, and its executive director Bobby Gunn left his position.

KIA’s beneficiary services department will now deliver the following programs:

• the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, which supports training efforts that link to local labour market demand, such as partnerships with the private and public sector and childcare centres;

• the Kitikmeot Business Assistance Program, a business development program available to Kitikmeot Inuit who are interested in starting or expanding a business, which can be used to fund business start-up, marketing and training costs or identify financing strategies for new or existing businesses;

• the Nunavut Sivumut programs, available to Kitikmeot Inuit who are interested in starting or expanding an arts and crafts business, which can be used for the purchase of materials and equipment, such as furs, fabrics, sewing machines and carving tools.

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