QIA asks communities for programming needs

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Iqaluit, Nunavut - February 21, 2017 – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is conducting consultations on our programs in all thirteen communities within our region, starting February 23 in Iqaluit.

The open houses will be an opportunity for QIA to get feedback on our existing programs and to gather insights from communities on what programs or projects we should undertake with the funds received from our new revenue policy.

The new policy will create mechanisms for the organization to not only invest money for the future, but also grow programs today. QIA’s benefits fund will set aside at least $1 million/year for the development and delivery of new programs, while the legacy fund will set money aside for the future.

“We are now investing funds received from a number of sources related to activities on Inuit Owned Lands and our subsidiaries,” said QIA president P.J. Akeeagok.

“This money which we didn’t previously have is giving us an exciting opportunity to create new programs for Qikiqtani Inuit and we want to hear from community members where that money should go.”

The community workshops will include a short presentation followed by an interactive exercise and conclude with refreshments and draws for door prizes. Participants can win gas and grocery cards, sealskins, book, music packages and much more.

Qikiqtani Inuit who are unable to attend the consultations have an opportunity to share their input by completing a survey. The survey  is available on our website (qia.ca) as well as on our Twitter account (@Qikiqtani_Inuit) and Facebook page (Qikiqtani Inuit Assoc.). You can also get a copy of the survey through your local QIA community liaison officer. All surveys need to be submitted by March 31, 2017.


Time/location for consultations:


Thursday February 23 – Iqaluit

Anglican Parish Hall, 6pm


Monday February 27 – Pangnirtung

Community Hall, 6pm


Tuesday February 28 – Qikiqtarjuaq

Community Hall, 6pm


Monday March 6 – Clyde River

Community Hall, 6pm


Tuesday March 7 – Pond Inlet

Community Hall, 6pm


Tuesday March 7 – Sanikiluaq

High school gymnasium, 6pm


Monday March 13 – Hall Beach

Community Hall, 6pm


Monday March 13 – Kimmirut

Akavak Centre, 6pm


Tuesday March 14 – Igloolik

Community Hall, 6pm


Thursday March 23 – Cape Dorset

Community Hall, 6pm


Monday March 27 – Arctic Bay

Community Hall, 6pm


Tuesday March 28 – Resolute Bay

Community Hall, 6pm


Wednesday March 29 – Grise Fiord

Community Hall, 6pm


These dates are subject to change due to weather/mechanical issues.


For more information, please contact:

Sima Sahar Zerehi,

Director of Communications,

Qikiqtani Inuit Association


(867) 975.8413