Iqaluit, Nunavut - February 17, 2017 – The Saimaqatigiingniq Working Group which works on addressing the recommendations of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission (QTC) held its inaugural meeting in Iqaluit this week on February 14 and 15.
During the two-day meeting, the working group discussed the status of each of the 25 recommendations outlined in the QTC report as well as areas of collective action for the upcoming year.
The working group drafted a term of reference for its joint efforts and outlined a set of priorities.
Some priorities for the group this year include:
- A public awareness campaign targeted at schools, government employees, Inuit organizations and the broader public,
- Enhancing cultural training for government employees whose work affects Inuit, and
- Establishment of an Inuit History Month.
The working group is coordinated and chaired by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) as part of our commitment to continue the important work of the QTC.
“Work on the Qikiqtani Truth Commission is a priority for QIA,” said QIA vice-president Olayuk Akesuk.
“I am very happy that other stakeholders are also interested in advancing these efforts.”
Representatives from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Government of Nunavut, Government of Canada (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada), RCMP, and QIA were present at the meeting.
“The QTC recommendations touch on many complex issues in Nunavut, so no single organization can do this work alone,” said QTC implementation coordinator Romani Makkik. “Reconciliation and saimaqatigiingniq (peace between past opponents) are not easily achieved, but it is the only way forward,” added Makkik.
The working group has plans to meet again in May 2017.
More information about QIA’s ongoing QTC work can be found at www.qtcommission.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Sima Sahar Zerehi, Director of Communications, Qikiqtani Inuit Association