Resolutions


Resolution: 2012-AGM-01

RE: Missing and Murdered Inuit Women and Girls (MMIWG)

WHEREAS Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is the National Aboriginal Organization that represents all Inuit women in Canada;

WHEREAS federal funding is being diverted to the RCMP for the development of a national missing persons database (not inclusive of Aboriginal women-specific key indicators);

WHEREAS Pauktuutit will actively participate and encourage awareness raising activities in communities such as the Silent Witness program;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit wishes to give families an opportunity to share their stories and memories of their loved one whom they lost

Moved by: Betsy Eetidloie
Seconded by: Iga Atagootak

Resolution: 2012-AGM-02

RE: Shelters

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

WHEREAS many cases of violence occur when shelters are unable to accommodate the volume of women seeking help;

WHEREAS there are few if any second-stage housing options;

WHEREAS Pauktuutit will continue to encourage Inuit shelter workers to collaborate and share information through the Shelter Strong network;

WHEREAS there are many concerns regarding the division of investigation from protection practices enacted by local and provincial/territorial institutions (such as child welfare, social services, and policing);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit staff be directed to encourage Inuit women equal representation at the local housing committees to influence change,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit encourage that a percentage of housing funding be allocated for second-stage housing.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will develop a partnership with the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses to have Inuit women’s concerns heard.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will push for shelters to be considered an essential service.

Moved by: Anne Curley
Seconded by: Tracy Evans

Resolution: 2012–AGM-03

RE: Victims of Crime

WHEREAS there are concerns about the lack of a victim-centered approach to justice;

WHEREAS Inuit women and their families who are victims of crime have inadequate measures of protection in their communities;

WHEREAS many of the abusers were at one time abused themselves;

WHEREAS there are community-based counselling services that can be highlighted as best practices;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit actively work with partners and organizations at the local, provincial/territorial, and federal levels to ensure that Inuit women are equally represented and consulted on issues related to victims of crime.

Moved by: Agnes Kuptana
Seconded by: Geela Maniapik

Resolution: 2012-AGM-04

RE: Residential Schools

WHEREAS Canadians are not fully aware of the Inuit history regarding Residential Schools and the intergenerational impacts;

WHEREAS Labrador Inuit are not currently recognized for the experiences of Residential Schools and subsequent opportunities for compensation in their region by the Federal government.

WHEREAS there are no Inuit-specific commemorative day that is observed for the survivors of Residential Schools;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support the TRC recommendation in developing a curriculum-based history on the Inuit Residential School experience for all Canadians;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support Labrador Inuit in their effort to be recognized at a federal level for their Residential Schools;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will recognize the cultural necessity to honour the survivors of Residential Schools and their families with a day out of the year to remember their experiences.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit deems the term “Residential School” to be used with the utmost respect and will write and print the term Residential School as a capitalized term;

Moved by: Minnie Alaku
Seconded by: Iga Atagootak

Resolution: 2012-AGM-05

RE: Child Sexual Abuse

WHEREAS child sexual abuse is abundant in Inuit regions.

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

WHEREAS there is a lack of data pertaining to how widespread child sexual abuse is occurring in Inuit regions

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit continue to promote their healing strategy to Inuit regions and regional, provincial, territorial and federal governments

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support communities to develop awareness campaigns.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support and enhance services that may be available.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work in partnership with agencies to enhance direct services to children that require these services (youth safety plan).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work with Inuit regions to inquire about the quantitative numbers of incidences in Inuit regions.

Moved by: Becky Kudloo
Seconded by: Anne Curley

Resolution: 2012-AGM-06

RE: UN Rapporteur

WHEREAS the issue of violence against women has been a priority for Pauktuutit since its incorporation in 1984; and

WHEREAS the number of murdered Inuit women continues to rise; and

WHEREAS there is a need for more information about missing Inuit women in Canada; and

WHEREAS the concerns and priorities of Inuit women are distinct and must be raised specifically in relation to any international inquiry on the matter;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that any inquiries about the issue of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, whether national or international, include the independent voice of Inuit women; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will consult with its membership on how it wishes to be involved in such inquiries; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that other organizations that may be involved in this and other inquiries recognize, respect and include Pauktuutit as the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada from the beginning of any such discussions.

Moved by: Charlotte Wolfrey
Seconded by: Tracy Evans

Resolution: 2012-AGM-07

RE: Inuit Women in Business

WHEREAS Inuit women face many barriers to starting their own businesses, such as low financial literacy, high cost of doing business in Inuit Nunangat, language barriers, and difficulty in accessing support services; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has indentified two key barriers to women’s success in opening their own businesses as: lack of adequate supporting resources and lack of peer-mentorship and peer-support;

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has already established multiyear funding to support women’s business initiatives through the IWBN and IWB Workshops Projects.

WHEREAS Pauktuutit, through these efforts, has developed and enhanced training modules to meet the identified needs of Inuit business women and is in the process of creating an Inuit women’s business network.

WHEREAS funding has been identified for 5 case-studies to profile business women from their respective regions, a need has been identified to expand the number of case studies to include all regions and expand the sectors represented; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will continue these efforts to build support for the Inuit women in Business Network project and promote project initiatives; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek to build additional partnerships with local regional industry (such as mining companies) to offer direct support and to identify opportunities for local Inuit women’s businesses; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will seek further funding support to conduct more case-studies to highlight Inuit women in business (at all stages) from all of the regions, with a particular emphasis on resource extraction developments.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit can encourage women to build on the increasing opportunities to participate economically in resource extraction projects.

Moved by: Agnes Kuptana
Seconded by: Betsy Eetidlui

Resolution: 2012-AGM-08

RE: Leadership and Public Speaking

WHEREAS Inuit women continue to be under-represented in the civic and government organizations that represent them; and

WHEREAS remedial action and enhanced supports are required to increase this essential participation and representation; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit understands the specific barriers that limit Inuit women’s ability to be full participants in political engagement, including lack of daycare infrastructure/support, youth parenthood, lack of access to education, lack of confidence and family responsibilities; and

WHEREAS particularly young Inuit women lack opportunities to develop the necessary communication skills and confidence for effective public and political engagement; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has expertise in providing workshops and developing appropriate and effective resources to respond to a wide-variety of specific needs of Inuit women; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit understands that Inuit women need opportunities to practice public speaking in order to develop confidence and their own voices in order to fulfill leadership positions for increased participation of Inuit women in all political levels; and

WHEREAS a need for resources, such as the women in politics kit, and best practices has been identified, and such resources need to be Inuit-specific and available in translation; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will seek funding to develop such resources and create opportunities for women to develop their public speaking skills; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will build upon existing partnerships with regional support services and organizations (Nunavut Status of Women Council and Canadian Executive Service Organization) that offer training to Inuit women and youth to build leadership capacity and promote political participation.

Moved by: Geela Maniapik
Seconded by: Anne Curley

Resolution: 2012-AGM-09

RE: ITK

WHEREAS Inuit women in Canada are represented nationally by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit addresses a broad range of social and health issues in Inuit communities; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has developed extensive expertise in addressing these issues; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit collaborates broadly with a range of partners including the regional Inuit land claims organizations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit sits on the ITK Board of Directors as an ex-officio member; and

WHEREAS in this capacity Pauktuutit is not able to vote on matters of particular concern to its membership;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami restore Pauktuutit to full voting membership on its Board of Directors.

Moved by: Anne Curley
Seconded by: Charlotte Wolfrey

Resolution: 2012-AGM-10

RE: NWAC

WHEREAS Pauktuutit is the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada; and

WHEREAS the Native Women’s Association (NWAC) is also a national representative organization of Aboriginal women in Canada; and

WHEREAS the NWAC is regularly consulted by the federal government on a range of priorities for their membership; and

WHEREAS the NWAC readily acknowledges it does not raise Inuit-specific issues in the course of its work and does not profess to represent the specific concerns and priorities of Inuit women; and

WHEREAS there has been a lack of clarity about the respective mandates of these two organizations; and

WHEREAS there is a need for a population-specific approach to matters of concern to Inuit, First Nations and Métis women in Canada;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit urge NWAC to identify their membership as those who directly benefit from their initiatives (First Nations and Métis), not Inuit; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit be recognized and consulted by the federal government on issues of concern to Inuit women in Canada directly; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NWAC make clear in its work and mandate that Inuit women are represented nationally by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that on matters of mutual priority and concern that the NWAC advance the need for population-specific consultation and approaches on these matters.

Moved by: Minnie Alaku
Seconded by: Becky Kudloo

Resolution: 2012-AGM-11

RE: Improved Effective Consultation with Inuit Women in Relation to Mining Development Consultations

WHEREAS the number and size of major resource development activities are increasing rapidly across Inuit Nunangat; and

WHEREAS research has shown that resource development projects can have significant negative impacts on the social, economic and environmental aspects of communities; and

WHEREAS Inuit women often bear the brunt of any increases in social and economic problems caused by resource development activities; and

WHEREAS there are no gender-specific elements of the consultation processes required during the negotiations of Inuit Impact Benefits Agreements that have limited the requirement to have effective consultations with Inuit women; and

WHEREAS current methods of community consultations involved in the preliminary stages of resource development projects present barriers to the effective participation by Inuit women due in part to:

  • The complexity of language used in consultation documents
  • The sheer volume of consultation materials produced
  • The lack of translation of these documents into Inuktitut
  • The limited time allotted for preparation for and conducting of, the consultation process
  • The limited support available at the local and regional levels to assist Inuit women prepare for and participate in consultations.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work to further identify barriers to Inuit women being able to effectively participate in consultations with mining development initiatives;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work to identify best-practices to encourage the effective participation of Inuit women in consultations; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit develop best practice guidelines on effective consultation practices and circulate these to relevant agencies including Regional Inuit Organizations, Land Claims Organizations, Inuit women’s associations, community organizations and hamlets etc.

Moved by: Tracy Evans
Seconded by: Mary Tatatoapik

Resolution: 2012-AGM-12

RE: Impacts of Resource Extraction Activities on the Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being

WHEREAS resource extraction developments are increasing rapidly across Inuit Nunangat; and

WHEREAS the impacts of these developments on Inuit women and their communities are not clearly understood; and

WHEREAS there is a lack of clarity and transparency in the IIBA process that prohibits the public review of the final agreement; and

WHEREAS there are no gender-specific requirements involved in the negotiation processes that ensure Inuit women have their interests and concerns heard; and

WHEREAS Inuit women and their families can often suffer the most negative impacts from mining developments; and

WHEREAS there are very strong needs to take proactive action to ensure there are sufficient resources to mitigate the negative impacts of resource development including more second-stage housing, support for shelters, etc. and

WHEREAS there is a need to more clearly understand the impacts of resource development on Inuit women and their communities; and

WHEREAS the concerns, priorities and needs of Inuit women need to be clearly articulated and presented to all parties involved in resource development projects.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek funding to:

  • Conduct qualitative research to inform a gender-based analysis of the impacts of resource extraction on the social determinants of Inuit women’s health through the participation of youth and elders to identify the social, cultural, and sexual health implications of resource extraction industries;
  • Raise awareness among northern governments, communities and resource extraction companies of the concerns, priorities and needs of Inuit women in regards to resource extraction development; and
  • Work to empower women, youth and elders to help mitigate the negative impacts of resource development including sexual commodification, fly-in fly-out work rotations, increases in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), substance abuse and family violence etc.

Moved by: Silpa Edmunds
Seconded by:
Becky Kudloo

Resolution: 2012-AGM-13

RE: Improving Search and Rescue Services in Inuit Nunangat

WHEREAS Inuit live in remote regions of Canada that often experience severe weather conditions; and

WHEREAS the federal government has identified northern sovereignty and development as key pillars of Canada’s future; and

WHEREAS many Inuit communities continue to suffer the losses of loved ones lost on the land and sea; and

WHEREAS search and rescue services are not available to Inuit on an equal basis with other Canadians; and

WHEREAS recent tragedies experienced across Inuit Nunangat continue to highlight the severe costs associated with maintaining the status quo in regards to search and rescue services; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit offer its support to all regional and local initiatives that press the responsible authorities to increase the effectiveness of search and rescue resources across Inuit Nunangat and in particular the current initiative in Nunatsiavut/Labrador to establish a Search and Rescue team in Goose Bay; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit communicate to the federal government the dire situation of search and rescue services currently in Inuit Nunangat and the need to identify improved services as a foundation for the responsible and effective development of Canada’s North and the exercise of effective sovereignty.

Moved by: Charlotte Wolfrey
Seconded by: Annie Buchan

Resolution: 2012-AGM-14

RE: Mental Health

WHEREAS there is a lack of gender-specific knowledge about the impacts on Inuit women about intergenerational trauma;

WHEREAS there is a need for more community-level mental health services;

WHEREAS there are successful awareness raising efforts pertaining to mental health concerns but few if any services available;

WHEREAS there is a need to support women who have family members and/or dependents who have mental health issues;

WHEREAS suicide continues to be a threat to Inuit communities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will seek funding to conduct an environmental scan of mental health issues affecting communities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit encourages regional, provincial/territorial, and federal governments to increase mental health services;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that more specific programming and support for individuals and families affected by mental health be made available.

Moved by: Silpa Edmunds
Seconded by: Minnie Alaku

Resolution: 2012 – AGM – 15

RE: Chronic Diseases

WHEREAS chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and respiratory infections continues to be an important issue in communities;

WHEREAS raising awareness should continue to be increased in communities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will continue to seek funding for raising awareness and prevention activities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will develop common and plain language information that can be available to communities.

Moved by: Silpa Edmunds
Seconded by: Agnes Kuptana

Resolution: 2012-AGM-01

RE: Missing and Murdered Inuit Women and Girls (MMIWG)

WHEREAS Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is the National Aboriginal Organization that represents all Inuit women in Canada;

WHEREAS federal funding is being diverted to the RCMP for the development of a national missing persons database (not inclusive of Aboriginal women-specific key indicators);

WHEREAS Pauktuutit will actively participate and encourage awareness raising activities in communities such as the Silent Witness program;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit wishes to give families an opportunity to share their stories and memories of their loved one whom they lost

Moved by: Betsy Eetidloie
Seconded by: Iga Atagootak

Resolution: 2012-AGM-02

RE: Shelters

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

WHEREAS many cases of violence occur when shelters are unable to accommodate the volume of women seeking help;

WHEREAS there are few if any second-stage housing options;

WHEREAS Pauktuutit will continue to encourage Inuit shelter workers to collaborate and share information through the Shelter Strong network;

WHEREAS there are many concerns regarding the division of investigation from protection practices enacted by local and provincial/territorial institutions (such as child welfare, social services, and policing);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit staff be directed to encourage Inuit women equal representation at the local housing committees to influence change,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit encourage that a percentage of housing funding be allocated for second-stage housing.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will develop a partnership with the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters & Transition Houses to have Inuit women’s concerns heard.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will push for shelters to be considered an essential service.

Moved by: Anne Curley
Seconded by: Tracy Evans

Resolution: 2012–AGM-03

RE: Victims of Crime

WHEREAS there are concerns about the lack of a victim-centered approach to justice;

WHEREAS Inuit women and their families who are victims of crime have inadequate measures of protection in their communities;

WHEREAS many of the abusers were at one time abused themselves;

WHEREAS there are community-based counselling services that can be highlighted as best practices;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit actively work with partners and organizations at the local, provincial/territorial, and federal levels to ensure that Inuit women are equally represented and consulted on issues related to victims of crime.

Moved by: Agnes Kuptana
Seconded by: Geela Maniapik

Resolution: 2012-AGM-04

RE: Residential Schools

WHEREAS Canadians are not fully aware of the Inuit history regarding Residential Schools and the intergenerational impacts;

WHEREAS Labrador Inuit are not currently recognized for the experiences of Residential Schools and subsequent opportunities for compensation in their region by the Federal government.

WHEREAS there are no Inuit-specific commemorative day that is observed for the survivors of Residential Schools;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support the TRC recommendation in developing a curriculum-based history on the Inuit Residential School experience for all Canadians;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support Labrador Inuit in their effort to be recognized at a federal level for their Residential Schools;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will recognize the cultural necessity to honour the survivors of Residential Schools and their families with a day out of the year to remember their experiences.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit deems the term “Residential School” to be used with the utmost respect and will write and print the term Residential School as a capitalized term;

Moved by: Minnie Alaku
Seconded by: Iga Atagootak

Resolution: 2012-AGM-05

RE: Child Sexual Abuse

WHEREAS child sexual abuse is abundant in Inuit regions.

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

WHEREAS there is a lack of data pertaining to how widespread child sexual abuse is occurring in Inuit regions

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit continue to promote their healing strategy to Inuit regions and regional, provincial, territorial and federal governments

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support communities to develop awareness campaigns.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit support and enhance services that may be available.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work in partnership with agencies to enhance direct services to children that require these services (youth safety plan).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work with Inuit regions to inquire about the quantitative numbers of incidences in Inuit regions.

Moved by: Becky Kudloo
Seconded by: Anne Curley

Resolution: 2012-AGM-06

RE: UN Rapporteur

WHEREAS the issue of violence against women has been a priority for Pauktuutit since its incorporation in 1984; and

WHEREAS the number of murdered Inuit women continues to rise; and

WHEREAS there is a need for more information about missing Inuit women in Canada; and

WHEREAS the concerns and priorities of Inuit women are distinct and must be raised specifically in relation to any international inquiry on the matter;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that any inquiries about the issue of murdered and missing Aboriginal women, whether national or international, include the independent voice of Inuit women; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will consult with its membership on how it wishes to be involved in such inquiries; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that other organizations that may be involved in this and other inquiries recognize, respect and include Pauktuutit as the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada from the beginning of any such discussions.

Moved by: Charlotte Wolfrey
Seconded by: Tracy Evans

Resolution: 2012-AGM-07

RE: Inuit Women in Business

WHEREAS Inuit women face many barriers to starting their own businesses, such as low financial literacy, high cost of doing business in Inuit Nunangat, language barriers, and difficulty in accessing support services; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has indentified two key barriers to women’s success in opening their own businesses as: lack of adequate supporting resources and lack of peer-mentorship and peer-support;

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has already established multiyear funding to support women’s business initiatives through the IWBN and IWB Workshops Projects.

WHEREAS Pauktuutit, through these efforts, has developed and enhanced training modules to meet the identified needs of Inuit business women and is in the process of creating an Inuit women’s business network.

WHEREAS funding has been identified for 5 case-studies to profile business women from their respective regions, a need has been identified to expand the number of case studies to include all regions and expand the sectors represented; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will continue these efforts to build support for the Inuit women in Business Network project and promote project initiatives; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek to build additional partnerships with local regional industry (such as mining companies) to offer direct support and to identify opportunities for local Inuit women’s businesses; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will seek further funding support to conduct more case-studies to highlight Inuit women in business (at all stages) from all of the regions, with a particular emphasis on resource extraction developments.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit can encourage women to build on the increasing opportunities to participate economically in resource extraction projects.

Moved by: Agnes Kuptana
Seconded by: Betsy Eetidlui

Resolution: 2012-AGM-08

RE: Leadership and Public Speaking

WHEREAS Inuit women continue to be under-represented in the civic and government organizations that represent them; and

WHEREAS remedial action and enhanced supports are required to increase this essential participation and representation; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit understands the specific barriers that limit Inuit women’s ability to be full participants in political engagement, including lack of daycare infrastructure/support, youth parenthood, lack of access to education, lack of confidence and family responsibilities; and

WHEREAS particularly young Inuit women lack opportunities to develop the necessary communication skills and confidence for effective public and political engagement; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has expertise in providing workshops and developing appropriate and effective resources to respond to a wide-variety of specific needs of Inuit women; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit understands that Inuit women need opportunities to practice public speaking in order to develop confidence and their own voices in order to fulfill leadership positions for increased participation of Inuit women in all political levels; and

WHEREAS a need for resources, such as the women in politics kit, and best practices has been identified, and such resources need to be Inuit-specific and available in translation; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will seek funding to develop such resources and create opportunities for women to develop their public speaking skills; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will build upon existing partnerships with regional support services and organizations (Nunavut Status of Women Council and Canadian Executive Service Organization) that offer training to Inuit women and youth to build leadership capacity and promote political participation.

Moved by: Geela Maniapik
Seconded by: Anne Curley

Resolution: 2012-AGM-09

RE: ITK

WHEREAS Inuit women in Canada are represented nationally by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit addresses a broad range of social and health issues in Inuit communities; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit has developed extensive expertise in addressing these issues; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit collaborates broadly with a range of partners including the regional Inuit land claims organizations and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and

WHEREAS Pauktuutit sits on the ITK Board of Directors as an ex-officio member; and

WHEREAS in this capacity Pauktuutit is not able to vote on matters of particular concern to its membership;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami restore Pauktuutit to full voting membership on its Board of Directors.

Moved by: Anne Curley
Seconded by: Charlotte Wolfrey

Resolution: 2012-AGM-10

RE: NWAC

WHEREAS Pauktuutit is the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada; and

WHEREAS the Native Women’s Association (NWAC) is also a national representative organization of Aboriginal women in Canada; and

WHEREAS the NWAC is regularly consulted by the federal government on a range of priorities for their membership; and

WHEREAS the NWAC readily acknowledges it does not raise Inuit-specific issues in the course of its work and does not profess to represent the specific concerns and priorities of Inuit women; and

WHEREAS there has been a lack of clarity about the respective mandates of these two organizations; and

WHEREAS there is a need for a population-specific approach to matters of concern to Inuit, First Nations and Métis women in Canada;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit urge NWAC to identify their membership as those who directly benefit from their initiatives (First Nations and Métis), not Inuit; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit be recognized and consulted by the federal government on issues of concern to Inuit women in Canada directly; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NWAC make clear in its work and mandate that Inuit women are represented nationally by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that on matters of mutual priority and concern that the NWAC advance the need for population-specific consultation and approaches on these matters.

Moved by: Minnie Alaku
Seconded by: Becky Kudloo

Resolution: 2012-AGM-11

RE: Improved Effective Consultation with Inuit Women in Relation to Mining Development Consultations

WHEREAS the number and size of major resource development activities are increasing rapidly across Inuit Nunangat; and

WHEREAS research has shown that resource development projects can have significant negative impacts on the social, economic and environmental aspects of communities; and

WHEREAS Inuit women often bear the brunt of any increases in social and economic problems caused by resource development activities; and

WHEREAS there are no gender-specific elements of the consultation processes required during the negotiations of Inuit Impact Benefits Agreements that have limited the requirement to have effective consultations with Inuit women; and

WHEREAS current methods of community consultations involved in the preliminary stages of resource development projects present barriers to the effective participation by Inuit women due in part to:

  • The complexity of language used in consultation documents
  • The sheer volume of consultation materials produced
  • The lack of translation of these documents into Inuktitut
  • The limited time allotted for preparation for and conducting of, the consultation process
  • The limited support available at the local and regional levels to assist Inuit women prepare for and participate in consultations.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work to further identify barriers to Inuit women being able to effectively participate in consultations with mining development initiatives;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work to identify best-practices to encourage the effective participation of Inuit women in consultations; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit develop best practice guidelines on effective consultation practices and circulate these to relevant agencies including Regional Inuit Organizations, Land Claims Organizations, Inuit women’s associations, community organizations and hamlets etc.

Moved by: Tracy Evans
Seconded by: Mary Tatatoapik

Resolution: 2012-AGM-12

RE: Impacts of Resource Extraction Activities on the Social Determinants of Health and Well-Being

WHEREAS resource extraction developments are increasing rapidly across Inuit Nunangat; and

WHEREAS the impacts of these developments on Inuit women and their communities are not clearly understood; and

WHEREAS there is a lack of clarity and transparency in the IIBA process that prohibits the public review of the final agreement; and

WHEREAS there are no gender-specific requirements involved in the negotiation processes that ensure Inuit women have their interests and concerns heard; and

WHEREAS Inuit women and their families can often suffer the most negative impacts from mining developments; and

WHEREAS there are very strong needs to take proactive action to ensure there are sufficient resources to mitigate the negative impacts of resource development including more second-stage housing, support for shelters, etc. and

WHEREAS there is a need to more clearly understand the impacts of resource development on Inuit women and their communities; and

WHEREAS the concerns, priorities and needs of Inuit women need to be clearly articulated and presented to all parties involved in resource development projects.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek funding to:

  • Conduct qualitative research to inform a gender-based analysis of the impacts of resource extraction on the social determinants of Inuit women’s health through the participation of youth and elders to identify the social, cultural, and sexual health implications of resource extraction industries;
  • Raise awareness among northern governments, communities and resource extraction companies of the concerns, priorities and needs of Inuit women in regards to resource extraction development; and
  • Work to empower women, youth and elders to help mitigate the negative impacts of resource development including sexual commodification, fly-in fly-out work rotations, increases in sexually transmitted infections (STIs), substance abuse and family violence etc.

Moved by: Silpa Edmunds
Seconded by:
Becky Kudloo

Resolution: 2012-AGM-13

RE: Improving Search and Rescue Services in Inuit Nunangat

WHEREAS Inuit live in remote regions of Canada that often experience severe weather conditions; and

WHEREAS the federal government has identified northern sovereignty and development as key pillars of Canada’s future; and

WHEREAS many Inuit communities continue to suffer the losses of loved ones lost on the land and sea; and

WHEREAS search and rescue services are not available to Inuit on an equal basis with other Canadians; and

WHEREAS recent tragedies experienced across Inuit Nunangat continue to highlight the severe costs associated with maintaining the status quo in regards to search and rescue services; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit offer its support to all regional and local initiatives that press the responsible authorities to increase the effectiveness of search and rescue resources across Inuit Nunangat and in particular the current initiative in Nunatsiavut/Labrador to establish a Search and Rescue team in Goose Bay; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Pauktuutit communicate to the federal government the dire situation of search and rescue services currently in Inuit Nunangat and the need to identify improved services as a foundation for the responsible and effective development of Canada’s North and the exercise of effective sovereignty.

Moved by: Charlotte Wolfrey
Seconded by: Annie Buchan

Resolution: 2012-AGM-14

RE: Mental Health

WHEREAS there is a lack of gender-specific knowledge about the impacts on Inuit women about intergenerational trauma;

WHEREAS there is a need for more community-level mental health services;

WHEREAS there are successful awareness raising efforts pertaining to mental health concerns but few if any services available;

WHEREAS there is a need to support women who have family members and/or dependents who have mental health issues;

WHEREAS suicide continues to be a threat to Inuit communities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will seek funding to conduct an environmental scan of mental health issues affecting communities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit encourages regional, provincial/territorial, and federal governments to increase mental health services;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that more specific programming and support for individuals and families affected by mental health be made available.

Moved by: Silpa Edmunds
Seconded by: Minnie Alaku

Resolution: 2012 – AGM – 15

RE: Chronic Diseases

WHEREAS chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and respiratory infections continues to be an important issue in communities;

WHEREAS raising awareness should continue to be increased in communities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will continue to seek funding for raising awareness and prevention activities.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit will develop common and plain language information that can be available to communities.

Moved by: Silpa Edmunds
Seconded by: Agnes Kuptana