Three Nunavik projects among nine to receive funding from Quebec’s “Fonds d’initiatives nordiques”

The village of Kuujjuaq, in Nunavik, the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec. Three Nunavik projects will receive funds from Quebec’s Fonds d’initiatives nordiques. (Eilis Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

Three Nunavik-based projects were among nine named Wednesday to receive funding from Quebec’s Fonds d’initiatives nordiques (The Northern Initiative Fund).

The fund was established as part of the province’s 2020–2023 Northern Action Plan.

“Together, the nine innovative projects selected will generate more than $10 million in economic benefits in the Eeyou Istchee Baie–James and Nunavik territories,” Jonatan Julien, Quebec’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, said in a news release.

These are concrete results, as set out in our government’s Northern Action Plan.”

History, science and on-the-land projects

The three Nunavik projects will each receive $100,000. They include:

  • the adaptation of scientific course materials about Nunavik for youth in the region. The work will be done by the ArcticNet research network.
  • a summer 2021 expedition in Nunavik, followed by a cross-territory expedition in 2022 led by Nurrait | Jeunes Karibus, a Nunavik-based organization that promotes on-the-land activities
  • Tukisivallirutitsanut Parnaitiit, a Nunavik organization, will make available a history of the educational system in Nunavik  from 1950 to 1990 and have it translated into Inuktitut and English. (It’s already available in French.)

“The great diversity of projects selected by the Fonds d’initiatives nordiques demonstrates the vitality and economic diversity of the Nord–du–Québec region,” Denis Lamothe, the MNA for the provincial Ungava riding and parliamentary assistant to the minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs and the minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.

“This support will make it possible to concretely promote innovative projects whose spin–offs will benefit the entire region.”

A landscape near the Nunavik community of Akulivik. An on-the-land program for youth is among the projects that will receive provincial funding. (Eilís Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

The Société du Plan Nord (the Plan Nord Corporation) is responsible for the Northern Initiative Fund as well as implementing the Northern Action Plan.

The Plan Nord is a provincial economic development strategy focusing on the northern region of the province.

Nunavik is the Inuit region of Arctic Quebec and has a population of approximately 13,000 people.

Write to Eilís at eilis.quinn@cbc.ca 

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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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