The Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction brings together organizations and community groups that want to reduce poverty.
The roundtable is a space where leaderships, expertise and organizational and financial support connect. It is also a space of mutual accountability.
The Government of Nunavut (GN) made a public commitment to “actively engage its partners, including Inuit organizations, other governments, non-governmental organizations and our business community in the development of programs and policies to support Nunavummiut in their efforts at eliminating poverty”.
In 2010, the government announced the establishment of the Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat to lead the preparation and implementation of a poverty reduction strategy. In response, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) Vice-President James Eetoolook announced “NTI will work closely with the GN and the other members of the Nunavut Economic Forum to develop the poverty reduction strategy”.
This mutual commitment was strengthened in an exchange of letters between Premier Aariak and NTI President Kaludjak.
In June 2010 it was decided that the two organizations would convene a meeting of individuals and organizations with an interest in poverty reduction to discuss the issue and engage in the development of a plan for action. This meeting of individuals and organizations is the origin of the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.
On October 24, 2012, the government and NTI signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) extending their joint sponsorship of the roundtable, and reaffirming their commitment to the process and the roundtable.
The Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction is made up primarily of representatives from governments, Inuit organizations, business, labour and the non-profit sector, with a territorial mandate. Others, including regional and local organizations, and individuals who live in poverty, may participate as members by signing their agreement to an MOU.
The current members are:
- Kim Crockatt, Nunavut Literacy Council
- Daniel Cuerrier, Carrefour Nunavut
- Stephane Daigle, Arctic Co-operatives Limited
- Gwen Healey, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre
- Ed McKenna, Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat
- Robin Manoll, Public Health Nurse
- Rachel Mark, Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs (Government of Nunavut)
- Mark Mossey, Maliiganik Tukisiiniakvik
- Eva Michael, City of Iqaluit
- Natan Obed, Department of Social and Cultural Development, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
- Geoff Ryan, Northern Territories Federation of Labour
- Tineka Simmons, Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat, Government of Canada
- Sakiasi Sowdlooapik, Nunavut Association of Municipalities
- Mary-Ellen Thomas, Nunavut Research Institute
- Chris West, Baffin Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Doug Workman, Nunavut Employees Union
- Anna Ziegler, Nunavut Literacy Council
Memorandum Of Understanding
To become a member of the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction, you or your organization must agree in writing to the terms of the MOU signed by NTI and the Government of Nunavut.
The MOU of the roundtable is based on the assumption that roles and responsibilities should be distributed according to capacity and respecting the autonomy of each member of the roundtable. Partners share a common vision, but continue to be accountable to their own organizations, and choose their own level of leadership and involvement in the work of the roundtable.
The convening partners of the roundtable are the Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat and the Department of Social and Cultural Development (Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.). Together, they provide the secretariat function for the roundtable.
The Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat
The Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat was created April 1, 2010 to lead the organization of a public engagement process to develop a poverty reduction strategy for Nunavut.
The secretariat works in partnership with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.'s Department of Social and Cultural Development.
These agencies support the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction.
The secretariat operates with a staff of four and is currently hosted by the Department of Family Services, Government of Nunavut, in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Contact Information:Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction POB 429 Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0 Tel. 867-975-7817 Fax. 867-975-7870
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