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Urban Commitments to Reconciliation

Tungasuiinagat Inuit (TI)

March 31, 2016

Tungasuiinagat means “a place where Inuit are welcome”. Tungasuiinagat Inuit is an Inuit-specific service provider that provides social support, cultural activities, counselling and crisis intervention as a one-stop resource centre to meet the rapidly growing, complex and evolving needs of Inuit.

TI secured funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada under the Urban Aboriginal Strategy. We then hosted community engagement sessions with Inuit in St. John’s, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Edmonton — and brought participants together again at two national gatherings. Dynamic discussions took place, all leading to the creation of an Urban Inuit Strategy that will ultimately support the increased participation of Inuit in the economy.

This exciting work also generated the creation of an Urban Inuit Network, consisting of Inuit core groups from each city ready to work together for the betterment of all Inuit. The Urban Inuit Network also includes the Inuit of Halifax. Although not identified in the original UAS process, this community was included in the urban network through the pre-consultation work on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.