Be proud, be thankful


I am a former student of the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Program. After finishing the program, I became very proud of who I was and where I came from. The program made me want to learn more about my culture.

Recently I thought of all the benefits we have just by being beneficiaries of the Nunavut land claims agreement.

For being Inuk:

1) We don’t pay for seeing the doctor and the prescriptions we receive from doctors.

2) Everything is taken care of when you go down south for medical attention.

3) We don’t pay for anything when we see the dentist.

4) We get allowances, tuition, and books paid for when we go to college, from the Government of Nunavut.

5) We get 50 per cent off once a year from Canadian North (anywhere Canadian North flies.)

6) We get first priority in hiring within the Government of Nunavut and Inuit organizations.

7) Only Inuit may go to the Nunavut Sivuniksavut program

As you can see, the list can go on. I just thought I’d point out a few of the major things we Inuit have benefits to just for being Inuk.

So the next time you wait for hours at the hospital waiting to be seen or to go back to school or college, you should be proud and thankful for the benefits you have just for being a beneficiary under the land claims agreement.

Lisa Kolola

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