Cultural and Community-Based Programs

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

Grants and Contributions

Promoting Inuit Rights and Values

QIA’s Grants and Contributions program is geared towards individuals or groups who are seeking financial assistance for activities that support the protection and promotion of Inuit traditional activities and values in the Qikiqtani Region.

The Grants and Contributions program helps fund numerous community-driven projects and programs such as Nunavut Day celebrations and Inuit games during the Holiday season across the Qikiqtani Region and the Nunavut Quest.

To learn more or to access the application:

Grants and Contributions Guideline and Application

2018-2019 QIA Annual Report

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 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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