Kivalliq Inuit Association directs COVID-19 money to elders, traditional activities
Goal is “to support the health and well-being of Kivalliq Inuit and to avoid transmission of the COVID19 virus”
The Kivalliq Inuit Association plans to use its share of federal funding for COVID-19 measures on temporary programs “to support the health and well-being of Kivalliq Inuit and to avoid transmission of the COVID19 virus,” the association said in a news release on Friday, April 3.
The KIA’s three new programs flow from the association’s $4.3-million share of the Indigenous Community Support Fund:
• The Elders Support Fund will provide elders with support to buy groceries in local stores “as their needs determine.”
• The Traditional Activities Support Fund will supply a one-time financial contribution to support traditional activities and physical distancing.
• The Community Essential Aid Fund will offer communities money to help with their local radio stations, snow removal on community access roads, and distribution of food and cleaning supplies.
There’s also a contingency fund that will be used for “special circumstances” and for additional relief, as the public health emergency requires, the KIA said.
Of that, Inuit received $45 million, which the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami board decided to divide among the four Inuit regions: Nunavut, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and the Inuvialuit settlement region.
Of that, Nunavut’s allocation is 52 per cent or $22.5 million, divided as follows:
- Urban Inuit: $2,505,000
- Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.: $6,012,000
- Qikiqtani Inuit Association: $6,132,544
- Kivalliq Inuit Association: $4,341,223
- Kitikmeot Inuit Association: $3,554,233
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association plans to use the money for elders and on-the-land activities during pandemic.