Three Nunavik projects out of nine funded by the Fonds d’Initiatives Nordiques du Québec – Regard sur l’Arctic


The village of Kuujjuaq, in Nunavik, the Inuit region of arctic Quebec. Three Nunavik projects will receive funds from the Quebec Nordic Initiatives Fund. (Eilis Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)

Three Nunavik-based projects were among the nine named Wednesday to receive funding from Quebec Nordic Initiatives Fund (The Northern Initiative Fund).

The fund was created as part of the provincial program Northern Action Plan 2020-2023.

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

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

History, science and field projects

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

  • adaptation of scientific course materials on Nunavik for young people in the region. The work will be carried out by the ArcticNet research network.
  • an expedition in summer 2021 to Nunavik, followed by a transterritorial expedition in 2022 led by Food | Jeunes Karibus, a Nunavik organization that promotes activities in the field
  • Tukisivallirutitsanut Parnaitiit, a Nunavik organization, will make available a history of the education system in Nunavik from 1950 to 1990 and have it translated into Inuktitut and English. (It is already available in French.)

“The great diversity of projects selected by the Nordic Initiatives Fund demonstrates the vitality and economic diversity of the Nord – du – Québec region ”, Denis lamothe, Member of the Provincial Constituency of Ungava and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister responsible for Native Affairs and the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.

“This support will make it possible to concretely promote innovative projects whose spinoffs will benefit the entire territory.

A landscape near the Nunavik community of Akulivik. A field program for young people is among the projects that will receive provincial funding. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)

The Société du Plan Nord is responsible for the Nordic Initiative Fund as well as for the implementation of the Action Plan for the North.

The Plan Nord is a provincial economic development strategy focused 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 [email protected]

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