The application process is open for an Inuit-specific women’s and children’s shelter in Nunavut.

It’s one of five shelters that will be built in the four regions of Inuit Nunangat and Ottawa.

“Pauktuutit has long been calling on the federal government to urgently provide shelters for Inuit women,” said Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada. “We are very pleased to finally reach this phase and hope to see these critical safe spaces for Inuit women and children open and available as soon as possible. I look forward to the next phase of proposals for transitional housing to break the cycle of violence while assuring training for Inuit clients.”

Pauktuutit’s website has the application forms, a guide and other supporting resources.

The federal government’s fall economic statement included $20 million toward the shelters, following 36 years of Pauktuutit lobbying for the facilities.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) will provide forgivable loans for up to 100 per cent of total eligible costs to erect new shelters. CMHC seed funding is available through non-repayable contributions to help with costs such as business plans, preliminary designs, development permits and more.

Indigenous Services Canada will provide funding to support operational costs on an ongoing basis, according to Pauktuutit.

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