Government of Canada Supports Community Readiness in Nunavut

Government of Canada Supports Community Readiness in Nunavut

by ahnationtalk on May 21, 2015605 Views

Training and workshops assist communities and Inuit organization in preparing for development

May 21, 2015 – Iqaluit, NU – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council today announced two investments that will assist organizations in taking advantage of large scale economic developments in the North. Along with funding from partners, a total of nearly $130,000 is being invested to support community capacity development.

The first investment will support the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) to update its five-year strategic plan. It will improve KIA‘s capacity to remain focused on current social and economic realities in the region, while maximizing economic development opportunities.

The second investment will allow the Nunavut Economic Developers Association (NEDA) to conduct two workshops in Gjoa Haven and Pond Inlet to support the communities in maximizing benefits from major development opportunities in the region. The funding provided participants with the training and information needed to develop stronger economic development plans and goals.

Quick facts

  • CanNor is investing $39,580 in KIA‘s five-year strategic plan, with KIA contributing $31,942 to its project.  KIA will update its plan for 2015-2020 to improve the organization’s ability to proactively respond to social and economic challenges, while reaffirming the commitment to resource development that will benefit Inuit and minimally impact the environment.
  • CanNor is investing $46,400 in NEDA‘s workshops, and NEDA is contributing $11,600. NEDA‘s four-day workshop will help Economic Development Officers work with their communities in analyzing the impacts of large scale development and create a plan to maximize the benefits from those impacts.

Quotes

“Our Government recognizes that responsible resource development in the North has the potential to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. This investment will help Nunavummiut and Northern communities take advantage of the significant economic opportunities that this sector of the economy has to offer.”

– Leona Aglukkaq,
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council

“On behalf of the Kivalliq beneficiaries we are very pleased with the financial support CanNor has provided. The funding will be used to help the organization align its future direction and priorities”.

– David Ningeongan,
President of the Kivalliq Inuit Association

“Thanks to the funding received from CanNor, two communities will have the opportunity to utilize the newly revised CED workshop material developed by NEDA as they review and update their own Community Economic Development (CED) plans. The principles of CED – community engagement and involvement in its own development – are the keys to building a sustainable, locally based economy in Nunavut.”

– Jim MacEachern,
President of the Nunavut Economic Developers Association

Additional links

Contacts

Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukka
Ted Laking
819-997-1441

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Craig Welsh
Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region
867-975-3722

CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada’s three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.

Kivalliq Inuit Association
David Ningeongan
President
867-645-2588

Nunavut Economic Developers Association
Hal Timar
Executive Director
867-979-4620

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