Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

September 07, 2010 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Announces Investments in Inuit Economic Development Organizations

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - Residents of Nunavut will benefit from key Government of Canada investments in Inuit Community Economic Development Organizations.

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), announced today an investment of $2.8 million to the Nunavut Community Economic Development Organization (NCEDO), the Kitikmeot Economic Development Commission (KEDC), the Kivalliq Partners in Development (KPID) and Kakivak Association.

"Our Government is proud to partner with these four organizations to help them provide essential business expertise, advice, and support to communities and Inuit businesses," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "This is an excellent example of how CanNor is working in partnership with Inuit to ensure we meet their unique needs."

"This kind of funding provides vital support to Nunavut," said Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and the Minister of Health. "It means these organizations can offer assistance to Inuit at a community level, helping them develop business ideas, take advantage of economic opportunities, and improve their education."

"The CEDP funding is critical to economic and community development in the Qikiqtani region. It gives organizations like Kakivak and NCEDO the capacity to deliver services to Inuit in all 13 communities in our region. It funds core services, giving us community economic development personnel and resources. And, we can stretch program dollars by leveraging funding from other sources. In the north, we have far more barriers to overcome - distance, isolation, lack of infrastructure, high cost, limited services etc. This program is a key part of our community economic development strategy," said Leonie Qaumariaq, CEO of Kakivak Association.

KEDC, KPID and Kakivak will work with Inuit community organizations and businesses. With this core funding, these organizations can continue to provide economic development plans, advice on funding for new and expanding businesses, along with training and employment opportunities. NCEDO works Nunavut-wide to provide program and policy coordination, along with research and advocacy.

Investments in these projects were made possible through CanNor's Community Economic Development Program (CEDP), part of the Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) suite of programs. AED is one of several economic programs that CanNor coordinates and delivers across the North, in addition to its mandate for related policy development, research and advocacy.

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To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michelle Yao
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    (Nunavut Regional Office)
    Craig Welsh
    Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region