Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and the regional Inuit associations announced Thursday that they are investing $11 million in domestic violence shelters for Gjoa Haven, Pond Inlet, Baker Lake and Pangnirtung.
The money will assist with construction, purchase or renovation of buildings to “alleviate the stress and risks of domestic violence in the communities,” states an NTI news release.
“There is no role for violence in our communities. Together, we must continue to proactively address the social and economic inequities experienced by Inuit,” said Aluki Kotierk, President of NTI.
Stanley Anablak, President of Kitikmeot Inuit Association, added, “Domestic violence is unacceptable in our society, we must help our fellow Inuit woman and children to have a safe place for them to be protected and cared for, by working together in partnership to provide the shelters in the communities is a step in the right direction.”
The money will come from a new phase of Indigenous Community Support Funding
through Indigenous Services Canada.
NTI and the regional Inuit associations held meetings in Baker Lake this week.