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Shelter funding will be a priority, northern affairs minister tells Pauktuutit – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on March 4, 202078 Views

3 March 2020

“If that’s your priority, we will work to get it done”

OTTAWA—The government of Canada says it will make it a priority to provide more money to build emergency shelters in Inuit communities for women and children fleeting violence.

That’s what Dan Vandal, Canada’s minister of Northern Affairs, told Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada’s annual general meeting in Ottawa last week.

“We will put it on our priority list to find funding for shelters,” said Vandal on Feb. 25. “If that’s your priority, we will work to get it done.”

Vandal was one of several federal ministers to address the gathering, which also saw appearances by Inuit leaders and the commanding officer of Nunavut’s RCMP division.

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