Makivik Corp. awarded $2.25 million to fund Inuit justice initiatives

Provincial funding intended to go to hiring and retaining legal staff

Quebec has awarded Makivik Corp. $2.25 million over three years to support various Inuit justice initiatives. (Photo by Jeff Pelletier)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Quebec has awarded $2.25 million over three years to Makivik Corp. to support Inuit justice initiatives in Nunavik.

The money will go toward hiring and retaining legal staff, according to a joint news release from Quebec’s Indigenous affairs minister and justice minister.

The funding includes $125,000 per year for retention of a justice services co-ordinator in Nunavik, $400,000 annually to hire four support staff at Makivik’s justice department, and $225,000 per year allocated to the hiring of two full-time Gladue report writers, to work with information gathered from elders, family and community members.

Ungava MNA Denis Lamothe, whose electoral district includes Nunavik, called the funding “great news” for his Inuit constituents.

“This financial support will allow the Makivik Corporation to improve justice services in Nunavik and implement solutions that are aligned with the needs of the communities,” he said.

“We are proud to provide financial support to organizations such as the Makivik Corporation who are helping make justice more accessible in Indigenous communities,” said Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s justice minister.

“This aid will allow communities to benefit from services that are more adapted to their needs and realities.”

 

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