According to an ITK news release, it is encouraging and constructive that this year’s budget utilizes an Inuit Nunangat fiscal policy based on direct federal allocations to Inuit.
Natan Obed is the President for Inuit Tapariit Kanadami (ITK).
The following Inuit-specific investments proposed in Budget 2018 are notable:
$400 million over 10 years to support an Inuit-led housing plan in the Inuit regions of Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Inuvialuit. This is in addition to the $240 million over 10 years announced in Budget 2017 to support housing in Nunavut, where additional funding was provided for Inuit housing.
$27.5 million over five years to eliminate tuberculosis in Inuit Nunangat, including through support of ITK’s Inuit-specific approach to tuberculosis elimination.
And $82 million over 10 years, with $6 million per year ongoing, for the co-creation of a permanent Inuit Health Survey.
To hear more information on the recent ITK news release on the federal budget, click HERE.