Community and Economic Development

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Community and economic development initiatives provide essential services at the community level and provide employment. Action in the other five themes will strengthen community and economic development activities and recognition. Support for community-driven initiatives of this nature must be prioritized.

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. Ensure that community wellness planning is an integral component of economic development

Economic development planning needs to reflect the interests and needs of each community, including the community’s goal as related to overall wellness. Developing a healthy economic base is vital to community wellness. 

The expansion of eligibility for economic development programs to include proposals that address one or more of the key poverty reduction themes is one way to connect economic development with overall community wellness.

B. Increase daycare services to support parents’ ability to access employment and training

By exploring collaborative approaches to the provision of day care services, we can develop supports for infrastructure, governance and management needs of daycares in Nunavut.

There is an urgent need for more day care spaces in Nunavut. There are creative ways in which we can address this need, such as: including day care space in government infrastructure projects; increasing accessibility to home-based daycares through portable child care subsidies; partnering with businesses, especially resource development projects; and partnerships for the development of new buildings.

C. Support capacity building for NGOs at the local level

NGOs play a dual role in poverty reduction, often directly providing much needed services and resources to people facing the everyday challenges of poverty, while also bringing funds into Nunavut and creating jobs. Regional and community-based organizations are able to build on local assets, respond dynamically to changing local needs and interests, and use their grassroots networks to achieve goals resourcefully. Strengthening Nunavut’s social economy is an important aspect of long-term poverty reduction. 

At present, much important poverty reduction work is already occurring through NGOs. Supporting a network which links NGOs will create opportunities for sharing knowledge and coordination of programming across the territory.