OTTAWA, TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN PEOPLES, ON, Nov. 25, 2020 /CNW/ - Since the beginning of the pandemic, action has been taken by all governments to protect the most vulnerable and support those who need it most. Territorial governments, Indigenous partners and community organizations continue to work hard to keep their communities safe and the Government of Canada will be there to support them as they manage the current COVID-19 pandemic.
A number of Nunavut communities are experiencing outbreaks, including Arviat, Whale Cove, and Rankin Inlet. Additional assistance is urgently needed for food and social supports, municipal services such as water truck delivery, security, and non-medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep people safe.
Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Nunavut, the Government of Canada announced today that it is providing $19.36 million in immediate funding to support the Government of Nunavut, Inuit communities and Inuit organizations in their response to the pandemic.
The funding announced today by the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, will flow to the Government of Nunavut, Kivallliq Inuit Association through Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), and other partners to support immediate needs, and protection measures to help limit further spread in the region to meet changing needs. This funding will also support the emergency response and preparedness plans in place in Nunavut. This funding includes the following.
Indigenous communities, organizations and partners, and the Government of Canada continue to work together to protect their communities. This work has fostered key partnerships that have provided significant and meaningful support in the fight against COVID-19 across the country. With today's announcement, since the beginning of the pandemic, the Government of Canada has allocated $105 million in combined COVID-19 support to communities in Nunavut.
The Government of Canada will also continue to work with Inuit and other Indigenous partners to identify service organizations that require support to serve Inuit living outside of Nunavut.
The Government of Canada will continue to support efforts on the ground to ensure that Indigenous individuals, communities and organizations have the tools necessary to weather the impacts of COVID-19 on their health and lives. We will not hesitate to deploy additional resources if needed.
"We know Nunavummiut are strong and resilient, and communities are pulling together to face this unprecedented challenge. We recognize that Nunavut has unique needs. Our commitments today are in direct response to ongoing discussions with territorial and Inuit leadership about how the Government of Canada can make an immediate and meaningful difference for Nunavummiut. We are actively working with the Territorial government, Inuit leaders and other partners to ensure necessary resources are in place to support affected communities, and combat the spread of COVID-19."
The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services
"The Government of Canada continues to follow the COVID-19 situation in Nunavut. We are working across departments as well as with the Territorial government and Inuit partners to ensure we have a coordinated and targeted response to the rising number of cases in Nunavut. We will continue to ensure that all Nunavummiut are supported and provided with the resources they need to respond effectively to the pandemic. We are asking all residents in Nunavut to continue to follow the guidelines and recommendations of their regional public health authorities."
The Honourable Daniel Vandal
Minister of Northern Affairs
"In light of the COVID-19 situation in Nunavut, our government is working together with the Government of Nunavut and Inuit partners to ensure all Nunavummiut have the resources they need to fight the spread of the virus. While post secondary and adult education students are being asked to stay home and follow public health guidelines, CanNor's investment will support Nunavut Arctic College and their efforts to minimize the disruption to their studies. We thank our partners for their dedication to keeping their communities safe and will continue to support them through this challenging time."
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor
"COVID-19 has hit the Kivalliq region quickly and is testing our limited resources and capacity. The Government of Nunavut is very grateful for the federal government's on-going support and openness. Their immediate financial assistance in response to the outbreak, and their swift action to provide support where we need it is truly appreciated."
The Honourable Joe Savikataaq, Premier of Nunavut
"Hampers with food and cleaning supplies are critically needed. This funding will support Nunavut Inuit to stay home and limit contacts. On behalf of Nunavut Inuit, I thank Minister Marc Miller for rapidly responding to the outbreak in the Kivalliq."
James Eetoolook, Acting President
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
"On the land social distancing helps to reduce overcrowding in homes and shelters, improves mental health and strengthens children learning Inuit language and culture. I am encouraged and grateful for this support."
Kono Tattuinee, President
Kivallliq Inuit Association
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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada
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