Collaboration and Community Participation

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Working together and helping one another—piliriqatigiingniq/ikajuqtigiingniq—is valued by all of us. We have a common purpose—to  reduce poverty. Should we not use this principle to guide us?

Conversations at the community dialogues and regional roundtables indicated that many Nunavummiut, including employees of the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, believe there is a need for systemic change. Participants discussed the need for change in the relationship between citizens and the organizations that serve them, including supporting community participation in decision-making and action. We recognize the need to strengthen relationships between the Government of Nunavut, NTI, and Regional Inuit Associations. There is also a need for a society-wide dialogue about the impacts of colonialism, how that history continues to impact our systems of governance today, and how Nunavummiut can move forward together.

Our discussions about this theme conclude that to reach our vision of our communities free of poverty we must pursue the following goals and objectives:

A. Continued improvement of the working relationships between the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and the Regional Inuit Associations.

We will support the establishment of a working group for the implementation of Article 32 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

We will also support the establishment of a committee in every community composed of representatives of government departments located in those communities and the representatives of the Regional Inuit Associations located in those communities.

B. Increased support for community action.

We recognize that successful work in poverty reduction depends on people working together in communities with support from the ‘centre.’ We will support local networks of community organizations engaged in poverty reduction and create a territorial organization to support the initiatives of local networks.

C. Poverty reduction legislation.

We will explore legislation to mandate collaboration in the development of policies and programs to reduce poverty, to ensure reporting on progress toward our goal, and the renewal of our plan.