Government of Nunavut announces $3.25M for community initiatives
Funding from Family Services includes money for food security, cabin building
The Government of Nunavut is providing $3.25 million for community initiatives throughout the territory, Premier P.J. Akeeagok announced Thursday.
The funding from Department of Family Services is meant to support vulnerable Nunavummiut during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Department of Family Services has reallocated $1.25 million to provide community food organizations or municipalities with grants so they can support food security initiatives,” Akeeagok said.
Family Services Minister Margaret Nakashuk said the funds will be distributed to communities based on community need and capacity to deliver supports.
“The money that will be provided will be to all communities, and it will be to any non-profit organization, societies or municipalities that could apply to this funding. It will go towards food security in the communities.”
In a news release preceding the announcement, Nakashuk said that $1 million will be allocated for the Ikur’raq cabin building program, formed by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Poverty Reduction Roundtable alongside community representatives.
Through that funding, the department will provide grants of up to $40,000 to non-profit societies, hunters and trappers organizations or municipalities for materials and costs associated with building the cabins, Nakashuk said, which will “provide a respite space where community members can go for short periods of time for a break from the stresses created by overcrowding and homelessness.”
Additionally, Nakashuk said the non-profits Tukisigiarvik, Ilitaqsiniq, Ilisaqsivik and the Embrace Life Council will each receive $250,000 to support operations and programming.
“The Department of Family Services recognizes that community-based solutions have the greatest impact in reducing poverty and we are committed to building the capacity of community organizations to develop and implement programs for our most vulnerable populations,” Nakashuk said.