QIA offers emergency vouchers for elders
Eligible recipients can pick up the $250 vouchers at local co-ops
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association is handing out $250 emergency vouchers for elders to help them buy groceries.
The final days to pick up vouchers are Nov. 15 and again on Nov. 29 at each community’s co-op store, except for Clyde River, where elders can get their vouchers at the Northern store.
Any elders unable to pick up their vouchers can let QIA know that someone else will be picking it up for them.
The program began in 2020 as a way for QIA to help elders “have the food, basic necessities and cleaning supplies they need to live in dignity” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was renewed last December when the association received money from the federal government’s Indigenous Communities Support Fund. Two other voucher days were also held earlier this fall, as part of a four-part program to help elders.
In its announcement, the association said approximately 1,400 elders in the Qikiqtani region can benefit from the program.
To be eligible, recipients must be 60 years of age or older on or before Dec. 31, 2022, and be registered with a Qikiqtani community under the Nunavut Agreement with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.