Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada: 2017-2018 Annual Report
Hello and thank you for reading Pauktuutit’s 34th Annual Report. These reports form an important modern history of Inuit women in Canada – and we have much to be proud of. We have had many, many accomplishments and successes, and we at Pauktuutit remain committed to improving the lives of all Inuit women and their families.
This year has seen some important developments take place. Perhaps the two most important are the strengthening of our relationships with the Government of Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).
It is no secret that Pauktuutit was hindered in its ability to fulfil its mandate by the previous federal government. Their priorities shifted considerably, resulting in less funding and support for Indigenous people across the country. Pauktuutit faced serious funding cutbacks and felt the interests of Inuit women were being allowed to fall by the wayside.
In 2017-18, this changed because of the successful signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Pauktuutit and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the hard work done by INAC, Minister Bennett and other federal officials. This MOU forms the foundation of a stronger and more effective working relationship, not just between our two organizations, but with the government as a whole. And it will enable Pauktuutit to have an even stronger voice on policy issues impacting Inuit women.
I am optimistic that the agreement will form an important part of reconciliation as promised by the federal government, and also support the commitment made by the Prime Minister to ensure the equality of all women in Canada. This historic agreement can truly be a concrete step in our shared path to a renewed relationship based on reconciliation, healing and the equality of all women in Canada.
As part of the MOU with INAC, one of the priority issues we will be discussing will be the need to have sufficient and ongoing funding to establish and operate safe shelters in Inuit communities. We will also continue to push for solutions to be found for some long-term issues, such as violence and abuse prevention; help for our people to heal from unresolved trauma and abuse; adequate services and supports for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse; and the many serious challenges Inuit women face in southern cities.
Over the past year, we have also worked to strengthen our relationship with ITK. Like all families, Pauktuutit and ITK do not always share the same perspective nor agree on how to address some issues, however, both of us are working hard to reconnect and strengthen our relationship. I appreciate and applaud efforts by ITK President Natan Obed for his work in this area and for his recognition of and support for the work Pauktuutit does. We all recognize that Inuit are at their strongest when we are working together.
In closing, I thank and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of my fellow Board members and the staff of Pauktuutit. Our success would not be possible without their determination, their energy and creativity, and their belief in the strength and resiliency of Inuit women.
President and Board member for Kivalliq
Title 2017-2018 Annual Report
Year Published 2019