Our Action Plan: The Makimaniq Plan
The Makimaniq Plan was created by individuals, community organizations, Inuit organizations, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and the Government of Nunavut.
Its development involved four stages of activity:
- Community Dialogues on Poverty Reduction (Winter 2011)
- Regional Roundtables for Poverty Reduction (May to June 2011)
- Poverty Summit (November 2011)
- Taking Action!
Stage One: Community Dialogues (Winter 2011)
From February to April, 2011, people gathered across Nunavut to talk about poverty and the key issues and ideas for action. Volunteer facilitators received training on using tools to encourage people to effectively share their own knowledge and perspectives on poverty. The volunteers conducted a community dialogue in their home communities.
The ideas expressed in community dialogues in each region were documented as "Issues and Ideas for Change", which gave a foundation for the regional conversations in Stage Two.
Stage Two: Regional Roundtables for Poverty Reduction (May and June 2011).
Next, people gathered together in each region to build on these reports. The four Regional Roundtables for Poverty Reduction included representatives from community groups, elected officials, service providers, government employees, Inuit organizations, elders, and other interested community members. These gatherings were chaired by NTI Vice President Jack Anawak, the Honourable Peter Taptuna, the Honourable Keith Peterson, and the Honourable James Aareak.
Each Regional Roundtable was documented in terms of "Options for Action" , which fed the discussions at the Poverty Summit in November 2011. You can see these documents here:
Stage Three: Poverty Summit (November 2011)
In November 2011, people from across Nunavut gathered in Iqaluit for the Poverty Summit. The summit was chaired by Eva Aareak, Premier of Nunavut, and brought media attention to the collaborative process for poverty reduction. At this gathering, Nunavut's poverty reduction priorities were agreed upon.
Stage Four: Regional Gatherings on the Implementation of The Makimaniq Plan (2012)
Regional reviews of The Makimaniq Plan, the outcomes of which are documented in these reports:
What is Public Engagement?
Public engagement is about Nunavummiut working together--through honest, open dialogue, shared responsibility, and collaboration. No organization or individual can solve the challenges of poverty alone. Everyone's contribution is valuable. Everyone's perspective and participation is needed!
What is the Difference Between Public Engagement and Consultation?
Consultation is a process that governments often use when preparing public policy for important issues. Residents, organizations and the business community are invited to make recommendations to the government about what they think the government should do to solve a problem. Government uses this information to create policies and programs for appropriate action. Participants in the consultation process are not expected to act on any of the solutions they have suggested. In consultation, only government makes decisions, and only government acts.
Public engagement is used when government, or any single organization, cannot solve a complex public issue acting alone. Public engagement is sometimes referred to as "the reverse of consultation," because decision-making is by everyone, and government is a partner among equals. Citizens, organizations, the business community and government come together to talk about the problem in a real dialogue. Decisions are made together about what needs to be done and who will do it. A plan is prepared together, after which, everyone takes action on their specific and shared commitments.
To read more about collaboration, public engagement and other forms of inclusive decision-making, visit the RESOURCES page and access organizations and ideas that have inspired this process.