Inuit gov in Atlantic Canada releases second round of COVID-19 emergency response programs

The Nunatsiavut Assembly in the community of Hopedale in Atlantic Canada. (Courtesy Nunatsiavut Government)
The government of Nunatsiavut, the Inuit self-governing region of the Atlantic Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced its second round of emergency COVID-19 programs on Wednesday.

“As was the case during the first round, these emergency response initiatives will provide much-needed assistance to Labrador Inuit during these difficult and uncertain times,” said Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe in a news release.

“As we continue to see increases in cases across the country, we must remain vigilant by following all public health protocols and by supporting those most vulnerable.”

The funding is available to Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement beneficiaries. The various programs cover things like groceries, home heating subsidies or assisting harvesters to go out on the land for country food to supply Nunatsiavut community freezers or food banks.

The first round of COVID-19 assistance was suspended on September 30 to see how it could be made more efficient.

In the news release Wednesday, the Nunatsiavut Government said the review was now complete.

Write to Eilis Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

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Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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