Qikiqtani Inuit Association launches project to support Inuit dog team owners

Three-year pilot project will offer team owners $3,000 a year

Maintaining a dog team takes skill, and money—and now the Qikiqtani Inuit Association has launched a new project to help Inuit dog team owners with their financial expenses. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Inuit owners of dog teams in the Qikiqtani region can look forward to receiving some financial help to maintain their teams.

Last week, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association launched its Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project, which is designed to assist Qikiqtani Inuit with their dog teams.

This three-year pilot program will provide money to Qikiqtani Inuit who are established qimmiit (dog) team practitioners.

Each eligible applicant will receive $3,000 as a one-time annual payment.

The program is part of the QIA’s ongoing work on the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, the QIA said in a release.

“Supporting the work of established Qikiqtani qimmiit practitioners is an important step in QIA’s ongoing work to implement the recommendations from the Qikiqtani Truth Commission,” QIA President P.J. Akeeagok said in the release.

“I look forward to seeing how the Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project helps in strengthening this cultural practice, among Qikiqtani Inuit.”

Qikiqtani Inuit who have five dogs or more can apply for the money.

You can find the application on the QIA website at qia.ca/qikiqtani-qimuksiqtiit-project/ or complete it with assistance from QIA staff by calling 867-975-8384.

The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.

Successful applicants should receive their money by Jan. 31, 2021.

The pilot program will run until March 2023.

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