Quebec Premier Pauline Marois travels today to Nunavik, the Inuit self-governing region of northern Quebec, to meet with Inuit leaders.
And she is likely to get an earful. Both the Makivik Corporation, the Nunavik Inuit land claims association, and the Kativik Regional Government, which provides services in the Nunavik region, are asking for action by the Quebec Government to help tackle issues such as the high cost of living and lack of housing.
“The high cost of living is an issue in Nunavik,” says Maggie Emudluk, Kativik’s chair.
“Grocery prices continue to rise. And we always seem to have to reapply for funding for our daily requirements such as internet and others,” she says. “It becomes a burden having to do that all the time.”
In June, the provincial government and Makivik signed what’s called a “complementary agreement” aimed at tackling issues affecting people in Nunavik.
As part of the deal, $5 million was aimed at curbing the high cost of living in the region — a figure Makivik says does not go far enough.
After the meeting Marois will also travel to an area near Kangirsualujjuaq for the official opening of Quebec’s newest park, Kuururjuaq.