KIA’s compassionate and bereavement travel curtailed

Only applications for travel within Kitikmeot communities accepted

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and multiple outbreaks in Nunavut, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association has temporarily suspended its compassionate and bereavement travel programs outside of the region. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association’s bereavement and compassionate travel programs are suspended for travel within Qikiqtani and Kivalliq communities, as well as the Northwest Territories and other areas in Canada, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The decision was made in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, KIA’s executive director, Paul Emingak, said in a news release.

The association is still accepting applications for those travelling between Kitikmeot communities, but this could change if travel restrictions change in the region, according to the release.

“KIA thanks you for understanding in trying to ensure that the COVID-19 virus does not come to any Kitikmeot community,” Emingak said.

The bereavement travel program helps pay for family members to attend a funeral, or to ship the remains of a deceased family member if needed. The compassionate travel program helps pay for family members to visit someone who is terminally ill.

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association also suspended its similar programs indefinitely.

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