2015 Resolutions

Resolution:       2015-AGM-01

RE:          Food Security

WHEREAS food insecurity affects all communities across Inuit Nunangat; and,

WHEREAS Nunavut’s Makimaniq Plan recognizes food security as a pillar of poverty reduction; and,

WHEREAS the effectiveness of Nutrition North has been critiqued by communities, the Auditor General and Inuit organizations; and,

WHEREAS Nutrition North has been deemed ineffective by many Inuit individuals and organizations; and

WHEREAS research shows women and mothers are among the most vulnerable to the effects of food insecurity; and,

WHEREAS food security includes access to country food and store-bought food; and,

WHEREAS Pauktuutit is a member of the Food Security Working Group coordinated by ITK to develop a National Inuit Food Security Strategy; and,

WHEREAS the Food Security Working Group is seeking funding to map community initiatives for best practices and monitor the effectiveness of Nutrition North.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek partnership opportunities with other stakeholders to promote awareness of the issue and the specific gender impacts; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit actively share the results, learnings and best practices of the projects implemented through the Food Security Working Group with partners and stakeholders.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-02

RE:          Mental Health – School Health Curriculum

WHEREAS people with good self-esteem are more likely to take care of themselves physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and;

WHEREAS they are more likely to surround themselves with caring and supportive people and less likely to end up in abusive or unhealthy relationships, and;

WHEREAS people with good self-esteem are more likely to set clear boundaries for themselves and others, respect the boundaries of others, practice harm reduction and are less likely to engage in higher risk behaviors, harm others, themselves or commit suicide.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek funding to develop and conduct train the trainer workshops on self-esteem and healthy relationships in the regions; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work with education and health departments in the regions to promote the implementation of a culturally-appropriate school health curriculum that includes modules on self-esteem, healthy relationships, coping skills and cultural changes.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-03

RE:          Cancer

WHEREAS cancer rates remain high among Inuit; and

WHEREAS Inuit have been too often diagnosed in the late stages of cancer when the outcomes are poor; and

WHEREAS raising awareness about risks and prevention should be increased in communities;

WHEREAS the Kaggutiq glossary and videos provide plain language and culturally relevant information in Inuktitut; and

WHEREAS there remains the task of expanding awareness about these tools and expanding their dissemination through a comprehensive knowledge translation campaign, and measuring their utility within a comprehensive evaluation framework; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will continue to develop additional relevant, plain language information that will be available to all communities and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will work in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society and Jaguar Land Rover Canada to raise awareness and provide training on the use of the materials to health care providers both in the North and southern Canada.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-04

RE:          Social Innovation

WHEREAS communities face difficulties finding funding to address a range of social issues; and,

WHEREAS new and innovative ideas, organizations, programs and processes are needed to meet the needs arising from complex social challenges; and,

WHEREAS addressing social issues requires collaboration between all levels of government, not-for-profits and the private sector; and,

WHEREAS the federal department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) is examining policies to support innovative financing solutions for Inuit social issues.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit collaborate with ESDC and other Inuit organizations to examine the potential for social innovation to meet the unmet needs of communities; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek to increase awareness in communities of innovative methods for funding social programs, such as social finance.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-05

RE:          Needs of Federally Sentenced Offenders

WHEREAS federally sentenced Inuit women are placed at correctional institutions in southern Canada; and,

WHEREAS Inuit women offenders may not have access to Inuit-specific or Inuktitut supports while in institutions or upon release; and,

WHEREAS Inuit women offenders have specific needs and face unique challenges for community reintegration.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit engage with Correctional Services Canada to identify areas of support to address the unique needs of Inuit women offenders in institutions and reintegrating into the community; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek partnership opportunities to promote the needs of Inuit women offenders to improve access to Inuit-specific resources and services.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-06

RE:          Sexual Health and Urban Inuit

WHEREAS Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is the national Aboriginal organization that represents all Inuit women in Canada, and;

WHEREAS the 2006 Statistics Canada Census data shows that 20 per cent of Inuit now live in urban centres, and;

WHEREAS many urban Inuit are uniquely vulnerable to HIV and hepatitis C infection due to substance abuse, sexual exploitation and a lack of cultural safety in urban centres, and;

WHEREAS HIV-positive or hepatitis C infected Inuit may have to move to urban centres to access care, treatment and support, and;

WHEREAS many urban Inuit have little or no access to Inuit-specific sexual health services in urban centres; and

WHEREAS there is an increasingly more urgent need to better understand the unique risks of infection for Inuit women in urban areas to develop relevant and appropriate outreach, raise awareness of risk factors and harm reduction, and develop relevant interventions.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit focus its efforts on partnering with urban Inuit organizations to design tools and resources that will begin to address these gaps in sexual health services for urban Inuit.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-07

RE:          National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

WHEREAS Inuit women and children living in Inuit Nunangat experience the highest rates of violence in the country; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has been the primary national Inuit organization to address issues of violence and abuse prevention in Inuit communities, including child sexual abuse; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has been an active participant, with ITK, in the development and implementation of the historic first national roundtable on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women; and

WHEREAS the federal, provincial and territorial governments have a mutual interest and responsibility to reduce these rates of violence and ensure the safety of all Inuit in their homes and communities; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit will work with a range of partners on activities related to prevention and awareness, community safety and the courts and policing;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT governments and other partners recognize Inuit women and Pauktuutit as full and equal participants; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit looks to all government jurisdictions to work with Pauktuutit and other stakeholders in an equitable partnership on collaborative activities and outcomes leading to the 2016 national roundtable; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the federal department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada work with Pauktuutit to convene a national workshop for Inuit women to identify national, regional and community priorities and initiatives to inform immediate, short and long term priorities and initiatives to deal with violence against Inuit women.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-08

RE:          Political Engagement

WHEREAS Inuit women are under-represented in civic organizations and across all levels of government; and,

WHEREAS political representation is crucial to ensuring that the voices of Inuit women are heard in the political arena and that the specific challenges faced by Inuit women are strategically addressed; and, 

WHEREAS multiple barriers limit the full participation of Inuit women in political engagement, including low confidence, family responsibilities and limited awareness about opportunities to become politically involved.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek to increase awareness among Inuit women of the opportunities to become politically engaged in all levels of government across Inuit Nunangat and the importance of political representation; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit strengthen existing partnerships with regional support services and stakeholders to build leadership skills and reduce the barriers to political participation for Inuit women.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-09

RE:          Youth and Leadership

WHEREAS high school drop-out rates continue to be high in Inuit communities; and,

WHEREAS the completion of high school and post-secondary education is linked to better job opportunities and socio-economic outcomes; and,

WHEREAS education completion rates among Inuit youth are affected by self-esteem and access to positive role models; and,

WHEREAS ITK is working on education outcomes through the Inuit Education Accord and the National Strategy on Inuit Education.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit engage with the Amaujaq National Centre for Inuit Education at ITK and the National Inuit Youth Council to encourage Inuit youth to complete high school and consider post-secondary education including the professions; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek to connect Inuit youth with role models to build confidence and leadership skills and promote education completion; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek funding to bring inspirational Inuit from a variety of careers into high schools in Inuit Nunangat to share their challenges, provide advice and act as role models.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-10

RE:          Safe Shelters 

WHEREAS more than 70 per cent of communities across Inuit Nunangat do not have shelters for women and children seeking safe haven from violence in their homes; and

WHEREAS this situation has and will continue to directly result in the loss of lives of Inuit women and children; and

WHEREAS there is a lack of support for Inuit women in shelters or at risk of being in a shelter; and

WHEREAS physical violence is a significant mental and physical health issue for Inuit women and children; and

WHEREAS there is a need for capital investments to build more shelters across Inuit Nunangat as well as ongoing, sustainable operating and maintenance funding; and

WHEREAS the federal government through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada currently funds on reserve shelters only, which specifically excludes Inuit from accessing shelter funding for their communities; and

WHEREAS governments have committed to enhancing programs and services intended to address violence against indigenous women; and

WHEREAS Inuit women and children have the right to the same public safety protections afforded to other Canadians.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit reiterates the most recent shelter resolution passed in 2013 that Pauktuutit strongly encourage the federal government to revise its policy to fund shelters on reserve only and allocate equitable funding to shelters in Inuit communities; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit work with other non-reserve communities across Inuit Nunangat that cannot access federal funding for shelters; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the relevant federal government departments with mandates for health and public safety work with Pauktuutit to develop a whole of government response to this urgent issue; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all parties to the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women make this a priority for actions to be reported on at the next roundtable in 2016.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-11

RE:          Human Trafficking of Inuit Women           

WHEREAS the issue of human trafficking and forced prostitution of Inuit women is an alarming emerging issue; and

WHEREAS Inuit women and youth are uniquely vulnerable to this type of exploitation; and

WHEREAS there is a need to educate Inuit parents, caregivers youth and young adults about these dangers; and

WHEREAS there is a need for Inuit-specific research, interventions and supports both to prevent these crimes and to help those already involved;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit work with federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to develop a specific and targeted plan to raise awareness and address this issue; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit work with other Aboriginal women’s organizations working to address this issue such as the Quebec Native Women’s Association and urban organizations, shelters, health and social services and others serving Inuit women.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-12

RE:          Child Sexual Abuse

WHEREAS child sexual abuse is a significant issue in Inuit communities; and

WHEREAS there is a lack of resources for those who receive disclosures of child sexual abuse; and

WHEREAS there is a lack of data about how widespread child sexual abuse is in Inuit regions; and

WHEREAS child sexual abuse is a complex issue that requires a coordinated ‘wrap around’ community/regional response; and

WHEREAS ongoing and unresolved child sexual abuse must be addressed as a priority in relation to any and all initiatives intended to reduce the rates of ongoing violence in Inuit homes and communities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit continue to raise this as a priority in its ongoing work to eliminate violence against women and children in Inuit communities; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek the support of those with a similar responsibility to develop a methodical and responsible approach to addressing this issue; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work with Inuit regions to investigate the incidence of child sexual abuse in Inuit communities; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek support to enhance existing services that may be available; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work in partnership with other agencies to enhance direct services to children who require these services.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-13

RE:          Elder Abuse

WHEREAS there are social factors that make Inuit elders uniquely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by others such as the housing crisis in their communities and poverty and unemployment that affects many Inuit families; and

WHEREAS this situation may be complicated by factors such as social isolation and a lack of awareness and acknowledgement of this issue; and

WHEREAS the financial abuse of elders is a significant issue in many Inuit communities and families; and

WHEREAS the financial exploitation of Inuit elders can result in neglect that has a significant negative impact on their physical and mental health and quality of life; and

WHEREAS there is a need to identify and document the scope, nature and extent of the incidence and tolerance of elder abuse in Inuit communities; 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit seek funds to identify and document the incidence of elder abuse in Inuit communities; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit seek funds to create and distribute resources intended to raise public awareness of elder abuse in all northern communities; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit seek funds to design and implement effective, culturally appropriate workshop materials that can be used by northern agencies and service providers to raise awareness of this issue including how to recognize and address elder abuse among elders and others; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit raise awareness of this issue with relevant government authorities at all levels with a responsibility to address this issue.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-14

RE:          Suicide Awareness and Intervention

WHEREAS suicide is a problem in Inuit Nunangat, with a record 45 suicides in Nunavut alone in 2013, and;

WHEREAS suicide compounds triggers and adds to trauma in the community, and

WHEREAS children and teens are among the most vulnerable to suicide, and

WHEREAS families of completed suicide often feel blame, shame and guilt, and

WHEREAS limited or no counselling is available for the families, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work with Alianait, Embrace Life Council and the Mental Health Commission of Canada to ensure that grief counselling be included in the establishment of a full continuum of mental wellness services by and for Inuit.

Resolution:       2015-AGM-15

RE:          Inuit Urban Issues

WHEREAS Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is the national Aboriginal organization that represents all Inuit women in Canada, and;

WHEREAS the 2006 Statistics Canada Census data shows that 20 per cent of Inuit now live in urban centres, and;

WHEREAS many urban Inuit are uniquely vulnerable to high risk situations and a lack of cultural safety in urban centres, and;

WHEREAS many young Inuit may have to move to urban centres to access education, health care, or escape violence at home, and;

WHEREAS many urban Inuit have little or no access to Inuit-specific services in urban centres; and

WHEREAS there is an increasingly more urgent need to better understand the unique risks for Inuit women in urban areas to develop relevant and appropriate outreach, raise awareness of risk factors and harm reduction, and develop relevant interventions.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit focus its efforts on partnering with urban Inuit organizations to design tools and resources that will begin to address these gaps in services for urban Inuit. 

Resolution:       2015-AGM-16

RE:          Violence and Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Services

WHEREAS Inuit Nunangat experiences the highest rates of violence in Canada; and

WHEREAS family violence remains a significant social and health issue in all Inuit communities across Canada; and

WHEREAS a recent survey conducted by Pauktuutit confirmed that Inuit women and children are at greatest risk of physical violence in their homes; and

WHEREAS the most significant underlying factor to be addressed to reduce the existing rates of violence is unresolved trauma and abuse; and

WHEREAS the federal government, in partnership with provincial/territorial governments and national Aboriginal organizations, will be identifying specific initiatives related to prevention and awareness of violence against indigenous women across Canada; and

WHEREAS the circumstances, priorities and needs of Inuit women and their communities are distinct and require Inuit-specific approaches and solutions; and

WHEREAS Inuit are one of three constitutionally recognized indigenous peoples in Canada; and

WHEREAS the ‘cost of doing business’ is significantly higher in northern Canada; and

WHEREAS funding and access to resources must be allocated with an emphasis on equality of outcomes rather than per capita or other funding formulas;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the federal, provincial and territorial governments work with directly Pauktuutit to develop multi-year, sustained Inuit-specific prevention and awareness initiatives and campaigns including social media projects aimed at youth; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT relevant government jurisdictions support Pauktuutit to facilitate a national workshop of representative local and regional Inuit women and organizations to be an active partner to governments in implementing concrete actions following the 2015 National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous women leading to the next Roundtable in 2016.