Cultural and Community-Based Programs

Harvesters Equipment Program

Nunavut Harvest Support Program

The NHSP Harvesting Equipment Program provides Inuit in Nunavut who are in need with funding assistance to make harvesting equipment and tools more affordable so they can participate in traditional harvesting activities. An applicant is considered in need if they need financial assistance to purchase harvesting equipment required to support their family and/or community. They are also considered in need if they have suffered equipment loss due to an unavoidable natural disaster.

Funding will be provided in three areas:

  1. Funding assistance for the purchase of small harvesting equipment;
  2. Funding assistance for the purchase of safety equipment; and
  3. Funding assistance for disaster relief.

To learn more or to access the application:

Nunavut Harvest Support Program Online Application

Program Manual and Application

Community Hunt Program

Nunavut Harvest Support Program

The Community Hunt Program provides funding and assistance to organizations or groups interested in participating in community hunts. Eligible organizations include incorporated entities such as hamlets, Hunters and Trappers Organizations (HTOs), Regional Wildlife Organizations (RWOs) or not‐for‐profit organizations. Unincorporated and informal groups of hunters are also eligible. Businesses will not be eligible to receive funding under this program. Funding amounts are based on community size, nature of the proposed hunt, and number of harvesters involved.

To learn more:

Program Manual and Application

The Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Program (QCAP)

Promoting Inuit Cultural Activities

The Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Program (QCAP) provides funding for community-based projects that allow community members to participate in and learn traditional skills, such as sewing, harvesting, and on-the-land activities. The program was established in 2017 and will run until March 2022.

QCAP funding is application-based. Community members or community groups can submit a proposal for a project they would like to undertake.

In the 2018-19 fiscal year, the QCAP budget for all 13 Qikiqtani communities was $637,500, approximately $49,000 per community.

To learn more or to access the application:

QCAP guidelines and application

2018-2019 Benefits and Legacy Fund Report

Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project

In 2020, QIA launched the Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project (QQP) to assist Qikiqtani Inuit with the maintenance of their dog teams. Qikiqtani Inuit who have five dogs or more can apply for the funding.

This three-year pilot project provides funding to Qikiqtani Inuit who are established qimmiit practitioners. Each eligible applicant will receive $3,000 as a one-time payment. The program is part of QIA’s ongoing work on the Qikiqtani Truth Commission.

The pilot project will run until March 2023.

To learn more or to access the application:
Qikiqtani Qimuksiqtiit Project – Application

Ilagiiktunut Fund

Strengthening Qikiqtani Communities

The Ilagiiktunut Nunalinnullu Pivalliajutisait Kiinaujat program offers funding to strengthen Inuit communities and families and create job readiness.

The Ilagiiktunut fund was established in 2014 through Article 12 of the Mary River Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement between QIA and Baffinland Iron Mines.

In 2018-2019 QIA renegotiated an increase in funding to $1.1 million per year. QIA and Baffinland contribute equally to the fund which is scheduled to continue until 2030.

Projects selected for funding promote resilient communities, strong families, and job readiness.

To learn more or to access the application:

Ilagiiktunut Fund Guidelines

Ilagiiktunut Fund Online Application

Ilagiiktunut Fund Application (less than $30,000)

Ilagiiktunut Fund Application (greater than $30,000)

The Mary River Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement

Contact your Baffinland or QIA Community Liaison Officer

Grief and Bereavement

Supporting Inuit Families

QIA offers support to individuals during difficult and sensitive family times. The Bereavement and Compassionate Travel programs allow family members to be close to loved ones when needed.

Bereavement Travel Program

QIA’s Bereavement Travel Program provides financial assistance for air travel for a maximum of two family members who wish to attend the funeral of a family member or to help pay for the shipment of the remains of the deceased family member.

Compassionate Travel Program

QIA provides financial assistance for air travel for a maximum of two family members who wish to see a family member who is terminally ill and facing imminent death.

Who can apply?
Qikiqtani Inuit enrolled with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc (NTI) under the Nunavut Agreement who are family member to the ill or deceased.

Who is considered to be a family member?
Grandmother, grandfather, mother, father, daughter, son, aunt, uncle, sister, brother and grandchildren.

What can the financial assistance be used for?
It can be used for air travel for a maximum of two family members who wish to visit a terminally ill family member, or travel to attend the funeral of a family member in another Nunavut community.

How do I get more information?
Contact your local Community Liaison Office

Contact 1•800•667•2742 or 867•222•1992

Harvesters Enabling Fund

Supporting Traditional Harvesting

Through the Mary River Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement, the Harvesting Enabling Fund was created. This fund provides 300 litres of gas per year for Inuit over the age of 12 living in Pond Inlet.

To learn more:

The Mary River Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement

Contact your Baffinland or QIA Community Liaison Officer

Opportunities Fund

In 2016, QIA established a new Revenue Policy to guide how QIA revenues would be invested and distributed. The Revenue Policy created two funds, the Legacy Fund and the Benefits Fund. The Benefits Fund delivers programs to Qikiqtani Inuit.

The Opportunities Fund was established to allow QIA to support initiatives outside the set Benefits Fund programs. Each year, up to 10 per cent of the money available in the Benefits Fun is set aside for the Opportunities Fund.

In 2018, the Opportunities fund was used to help the Uquutaq Society develop a new men’s shelter and transitional housing project in Iqaluit.

For more information:

Benefits and Legacy Fund Annual Report

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