(2013 Caledon Institute Report)
The Caledon Institute of Social Policy was engaged by the Nunavut Anti-Poverty Secretariat, whichprovides oversight and leadership to support the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction in the imple-mentation of Nunavut’s poverty reduction strategy. We were asked to comment on Nunavut’s social safetynet and to consider a ‘made-in-Nunavut’ social policy inspired by Nunavut’s unique history and values, andgeared to its social, demographic, economic and political characteristics. This paper is intended to launchan exchange of ideas on a new social vision for Nunavut. Our emphasis is on reforming Nunavut’s incomesecurity system, one of the principal objectives of Nunavut’s poverty reduction strategy.
In 2015, Pauktuutit received funding through the federal Urban Aboriginal Strategy to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the economic participation of Inuit women across Inuit Nunangat. The goal of the project was to engage diverse stakeholders in each region of the North to explore and categorize the barriers that Inuit women face in securing sustainable employment, through entrepreneurship or in the workplace. In this way, Pauktuutit would be able to build partnerships to collaboratively determine priorities and recommendations for action to increase the engagement of Inuit women in the Arctic economy. The final result of this project is the Angiqatigik strategy.
The strategy is a reference on the needs, challenges and goals of Inuit women as they build their futures, provide for their families and contribute to their communities. The information and recommendations presented have been collected from Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut regions, with input from more than 37 organizational stakeholders and 145 Inuit women. It is Pauktuutit’s intention that this strategy be used to raise awareness and to inform governments, educational institutions, service providers and the private sector across the North in planning to increase the engagement of Inuit women. It is only through the development of policies, programs, training and services that address the unique responsibilities and barriers faced by Inuit women that we will be able to support their equal participation in the social and economic development of Inuit Nunangat.
Strategic study and recommendations to support and advocate for meaningful Inuit involvement in the design, delivery and evaluation of culturally and linguistically appropriate awareness campaigns, community actions, prevention programs and health services that enable all Inuit to be sexually healthy throughout their lives.
Study conducted to increase understanding of the factors affecting Inuit women’s experiences of violence. The study explores the determinants of gender-based violence in Inuit communities and identifies service gaps to improve the effectiveness of actions that aim to address the needs of Inuit women experiencing violence
(Government of Canada, 2014 -Archived )
Study undertaken before the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry to prevent violence, support victim and protect Indigenous women and girls.
The National Inquiry’s Final Report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The two volume report calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country.
The Final Report is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.
As documented in the Final Report, testimony from family members and survivors of violence spoke about a surrounding context marked by multigenerational and intergenerational trauma and marginalization in the form of poverty, insecure housing or homelessness and barriers to education, employment, health care and cultural support. Experts and Knowledge Keepers spoke to specific colonial and patriarchal policies that displaced women from their traditional roles in communities and governance and diminished their status in society, leaving them vulnerable to violence.