Policy and Research
Under Article 32 of the Nunavut Agreement, Inuit have a right to participate in the development of social and cultural policies and the design of social and cultural programs and services. Governments have an obligation under this article to ensure that Inuit are provided an opportunity to participate in such policies and programs.
QIA is an active participant in several multi-stakeholder collaborative processes which seek to address the social issues in Nunavut. The Department of Social Policy staff work with partners at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the other Regional Inuit Associations on these issues because they affect Inuit across the territory, not just in the Qikiqtani region.
QIA supports community engagement as a model for meaningful consultation which ensures that:
- Individuals and community organizations have an ongoing relationship with decision-makers;
- Solutions to complex issues involve as many people as possible;
- Community members can take an active role in decisions which affect them, and
- We can learn from and support each other.
Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
The Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction brings together those who share a common vision: our land, Nunavut, and each of our communities, free of poverty. Together we recognize the need for broad cross-sector collaboration to achieve that vision.
QIA is a founding member of the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and continues to be an active contributor at Roundtable gatherings.
Nunavut Food Security Coalition
The Nunavut Food Security Coalition is a collaborative group of government departments, Inuit organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector that is working together to improve food security in Nunavut.
The Coalition functions as a Roundtable Task Group, and is supported by the Roundtable Secretariat. QIA is a founding member of the Coalition.
Inuusiup Asijjiqpallianninganik Ujjiqsurniq project
QIA has been supporting community-based researchers to develop a survey to collect socio-economic baseline data in three communities impacted by resource development. The Inuusiup Asijjiqpallianninganik Ujjiqsurniq project works in Pond Inlet, Igloolik, and Cape Dorset.
The survey questions are divided into three general research themes which represent aspects of community life that many people were worried could change as mining becomes more prominent on our communities. The research themes are:
- Changes in Hunting and Food Sharing;
- Changes in Family and Community Relationships, and
- Changes in the Ways in Which We Participate in Community Life.
The findings from the project can be seen in this report: