The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), is a not-for-profit society which represents approximately 15,500 Inuit in the Qikiqtani (Baffin) Region of Nunavut, which includes 13 communities from Grise Fiord in the High Arctic down to Sanikiluaq (Belcher Island).
The Mission Statement of QIA is to safeguard, administer and advance the rights and benefits of the Qikiqtani Inuit; and to promote Inuktitut, the Inuit language and Inuit traditions, environmental values, self-sufficiency, and economic, social and cultural well-being in an open and democratic forum.
Under Article 39 of the Nunavut Agreement QIA is considered a Designated Inuit Organization (DIO) responsible for managing Inuit Owned Lands in the Qikiqtani Region.
QIA is one of three Regional Inuit Associations affiliated with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), the other associations include: the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and the Kivalliq Inuit Association. We work closely with our partners and different levels of governments to ensure that Inuit are being adequately served.
There are two other organizations presently operating under the QIA umbrella: Kakivak Association, responsible for community economic development and small businesses; and Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC), created to manage economic development on behalf of QIA.
Kakivak is QIA’s community economic development organization and small business arm. Kakivak’s mandate is to help Qikiqtani Inuit own and develop their businesses by providing training and support to individuals, organizations and businesses.
QC strives to be a major contributor to all sectors of the Nunavut economy, focusing primarily on fisheries, retail operations, property development and management. The company also services the emerging mining and resource development sector.