About $2.5 million has been earmarked for meals safety and shelter for Nunavut Inuit within the south in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. stated on Monday, June 1.
The cash flows from the $75 million provided on May 21 by the federal authorities for communities and organizations working with Indigenous peoples residing in city areas and off reserve.
“Coronavirus is hardest on these folks with weakened immune methods. We wish to assist probably the most weak Nunavut Inuit, residing outdoors of Nunavut, to assist meet their most elementary wants,” stated NTI president Aluki Kotierk in a information launch.
Based on the NTI enrolment checklist, there are 5,014 Nunavut Inuit residing outdoors the territory, with the best numbers residing in Ottawa, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Montreal.
Nation meals will probably be harvested in Nunavut, “offering an necessary financial exercise within the territory,” NTI stated, after which distributed to organizations serving Nunavut Inuit in city areas via NTI’s Indigenous Group Assist Fund for Nunavut Inuit residing outdoors the Nunavut Settlement Space.
NTI has allotted $505,000 for the harvesting, transport and distribution of the nation meals.
“Nation meals is nutritionally prime quality meals and is commonly the popular meals for Inuit. Given the stress of coronavirus, Inuit outdoors of the Nunavut Settlement Space have additionally shared with us that nation meals is necessary for psychological well being,” stated James Eetoolook, NTI’s vice-president, in a information launch.
A further $1 million has been allotted to fund meals safety. These funds will probably be supplied to city organizations serving Nunavut Inuit, to allow them to buy meals for distribution or private protecting tools for employees. Of this quantity, $576,000 has been allotted to organizations in Ottawa, Yellowknife, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Equally, $1 million has been allotted to shelters in city centres to adapt to well being protocols, assist bodily distancing and buy private protecting tools for employees or shoppers. Of this, $576,000 will go to city Inuit organizations in Ottawa, Yellowknife, Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Proposals for the steadiness of each of those funds will probably be accepted till June 12, NTI stated.