OTTAWA – October 12, 2022 – Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is launching an Inuit-specific Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) Framework. This framework will ensure that new and existing policies, programs and services reflect the unique need and social experiences of Inuit women, girls and gender-diverse Inuit while respecting the distinct characteristics of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) values, and principles. The framework can only be used in a meaningful way in collaboration with Pauktuutit. 

“Our Inuit-specific GBA+ Framework is a living document that will evolve as we use, evaluate, and validate the toolkit,” explains President Gerri Sharpe. “Pauktuutit’s framework takes a strengths-based approach, drawing on the knowledge that Inuit women, gender-diverse people and our communities who hold long-standing promising practices, experience, and competencies.”

When Canada’s, provincial, territorial and Indigenous Rights Holders develop, implement and amend policies that impact program and service delivery, Inuit women and gender-diverse individuals need to be equally considered and at the table. Our framework acknowledges that every individual is influenced by a variety of elements, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, colonization, land claim beneficiary status and geographic location.

Policies and programs that consider the whole person will contribute to equity for Inuit women and gender-diverse people as we continue to implement and action our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC).  

Please continue to monitor our website and social media for updates on the Inuit-specific GBA+ Framework. 


Media contact: Catherine Whittaker 613 238-3977 ext. 271 or email

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is the national non-profit organization representing all Inuit women in Canada. Its mission is to foster a greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, and to encourage their participation in community, regional and national concerns in relation to social, cultural, and economic development.