Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi, in Iqaluit for a federal, provincial and territorial Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference, also made two separate funding announcements on behalf of Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Minister responsible for CanNor Navdeep Bains.
Sohi first appeared with Kakivak Association vice chairperson Annie Quirke, where he revealed three more years of funding to the tune of $2.6 million for delivery of the Entrepreneurship and Business Development program.
Quirke was pleased with the funding.
“Kakivak is a community economic development organization serving Inuit by providing programs and services to enhance the strength of communities in the Qikiqtani region,” she said.
Quirke said an important part of its services is providing support for Inuit-owned business, and this funding helps to do just that by providing equity investments.
“(It) is very effective,” said Quirke, adding the prior three-year partnership with CanNor saw $3.2 million support 32 projects.
The success of Nunavut Arctic College’s Northern Adult Basic Education Program, dedicated to improving literacy and numeracy skills so working age adults can participate in the labour market, has led to a three year extension.
The college received more than $6 million to continue with program delivery.
“Our focus is to empower Nunavummiut and provide them with the necessary tools and skills to advance in their educational path, in order to create a better future for themselves and for the territory,” stated college president Sheila Kolola.
“We are pleased the Government of Canada has continued to support post-secondary education in the North.”