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QIA conference opens with focus on owning, caring for dog teams – Nunatsiaq News

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by ahnationtalk on November 22, 202337 Views

Nov 22, 2023

Earlier this month organization announced its Qimuksiqtiit pilot project will be permanent

Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s regional Qimuksiqtiit conference kicked off Tuesday with participants from Nunavut and Nunavik focusing on the theme of “learning from each other,” at the Arqsarniit Hotel and Conference Centre in Iqaluit.

QIA wants to revitalize qimmiqaniq practices — owning and caring for a dog team — by assisting Qikiqtani Inuit who are involved already and in helping educate those who aspire to take part.

Discussions were expected to include people describing their experiences keeping dog teams as well as proper maintenance of the team, according to the conference agenda. The conference runs until Thursday.

QIA has used funding provided through the federal government’s formal apology and acknowledgment of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission’s findings in its 2019 report to establish this programming.

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