RE: Arctic Policy Framework
WHEREAS the purpose of the framework is to provide information and background for a discussion on the co-development of an Arctic strategy with FPTs and Indigenous peoples; and
WHEREAS the framework will provide an overarching direction to the government on Canada’s priorities, activities, and investments in the Arctic; and
WHEREAS a key condition for the framework’s success is its development alongside Northerners; and
WHEREAS the framework will directly affect Inuit communities, practices, lifestyles, traditions, and well-being;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit critically engage Inuit women in the development and creation processes of an Arctic Policy Framework.
RE: Adequate/Sustainable Multi-Year Funding
WHEREAS Inuit women and their children continue to face a number of systemic inequalities including poverty, poor health, inadequate housing, low school-completion rates, low employment rates, low income and high rates of violence; and
WHEREAS Pauktuutit, as the national representative organization of Inuit women in Canada, fosters greater awareness of the needs of Inuit women, advocates for equality and social improvements, and encourages their participation in the community; and
WHEREAS not having access to adequate, sustainable multi-year funding creates a number of obstacles—including difficulty to plan long-term and maintain consistent, innovative and quality research, advocacy, programming and services—which diminishes Pauktuutit’s capacity to effectively achieve its mandate;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT in order to fulfill its mandate, Pauktuutit receive adequate and sustained organizational funding to continue its work representing, engaging, and advocating on behalf of Inuit women at the community, regional, national and international levels.
RE: Food Security
WHEREAS the Inuit Health Survey found that in Nunavut, 68.8% of Inuit households are food insecure, which is six times higher than the Canadian national average and represents the highest documented food insecurity rate for any Indigenous population residing in a country part of the OECD; and
WHEREAS childcare is an issue primarily affecting Inuit women as primary caregivers and among children, the Nunavut Inuit Child Health Survey indicated that nearly 70% of Inuit preschoolers lived in food insecure households and 56% were in households with child food insecurity; and
WHEREAS food insecurity has resulted in the overall reduction of vitamin intake Inuit women, with 91% not consuming sufficient magnesium in addition to lower levels of calcium and fiber consumption (Boult/NAHO);
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit work with regional partners, organizational stakeholders, relevant working groups as well as nutrition, food security, and health experts to develop initiatives to address the food insecurity situation in Inuit communities (e.g. Inuit input into the Canadian Food Policy, addressing lack of access to country food in urban areas, etc.); and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit continue advocating for the inclusion of Inuit women in the decision-making and development of policies that will assist in the improvement of food security for Inuit in Canada; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit examine innovative models and best practices (e.g. perspectives on health and medicine, food and healing, etc.) for developing a common vision as well as gender-specific strategies and recommendations for the federal government to critically improve food security in Inuit Nunangat.
WHEREAS mothers play the most significant role in a child’s development process and link the new generation with the old values and norms and thereby provide stability and continuity to the social structure; and
WHEREAS access to affordable early learning and childcare affects women’s participation in the labour force and helps provide a healthier and safer living environment for their families and children as they develop; and
WHEREAS as the primary caregivers to children, Inuit women have a strong interest in and need for childcare programs in order to work in the wage economy and to attend secondary/post-secondary education and training programs; and
WHEREAS women make up the majority of members on early learning and childcare governing bodies but often struggle with conflicting roles and demands on their time, including being primary or sole caregivers for children, supporting other family members and dealing with family crises, as well as working or being in school;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit work with regional partners, organizational stakeholders, relevant working groups as well as early learning and childcare experts to increase the accessibility and availability for childcare that is affordable, reliable, safe, and culturally relevant, particularly for single parent families headed by women; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that Pauktuutit seek funding/partnership opportunities to support leadership capacity for Inuit women to build self-esteem, identity, confidence, and involve women directly in early learning and childcare decision-making and policy development.
RE: A Gender-Specific Strategy to National Suicide Prevention
WHEREAS mental health has been identified as a primary health issue facing Inuit, including issues related to violence, abuse and unresolved trauma; and
WHEREAS the rate of death by suicide among Inuit is roughly 11 times the Canadian average, but ranges widely across Inuit Nunangat, from five to 25 times higher than the national rate; and
WHEREAS sexual violence, sexual abuse and unresolved trauma have all been linked to suicide, most often affecting Inuit women; and
WHEREAS ITK published a National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy that focused on the evidence for effective suicide prevention and priority areas for reducing suicide among Inuit but does not provide a gender-based lens in which it addresses the unique risks and needs of Inuit women; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek to develop a gender-specific strategy to national suicide prevention that addresses the unique risks and needs of Inuit women in partnership with ITK and relevant stakeholders.
RE: Implementation of the National Sexual Health Strategy
WHEREAS Inuit women and youth in northern communities deal with health-related issues, including risks of STBBI contraction and associated social stigma, in specific ways; and
WHEREAS the strategic sexual health priorities identified by Inuit women include sexual health education, substance abuse and high risk behaviours, sexual violence, STBBIs, mental health and trauma informed supports, and research and surveillance; and
WHEREAS Pauktuutit hosted an Inuit sexual health strategic planning forum in November 2016 and a National Inuit Sexual Health Strategy was published in March 2017 to address sexual health and STBBIs in Inuit Nunangat; and
WHEREAS Pauktuutit established an Inuit Sexual Health Network in 2017 to provide an opportunity for experts to share promising practices and develop initiatives to address the high rates of STBBIs and to prevent an epidemic of HIV/HCV from occurring within the Inuit population.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek capacity and support to continue to implement the National Inuit Sexual Health Strategy and to continue to support an Inuit Sexual Health Network to ensure that Inuit regions, governments and relevant stakeholders can share information and promising practices, and address the high rates of STBBIs and the prevention of an HIV/HCV epidemic.
RE: Impact of Cannabis Legalization and Pregnancy
WHEREAS women who use drugs, alcohol or tobacco already face many health risks and that these risks can be significantly increased during pregnancy and can have long-lasting effects; and,
WHEREAS there is a small but growing body of evidence that links cannabis use to negative impacts on pre-and post-natal development, however, little to no research has been completed that has included Inuit populations; and
WHEREAS in April 2017, the federal government introduced legislation to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018, in which the use of cannabis has already started to increase among Inuit populations; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit seek capacity and support to engage in evidence-based research of the risks and impact of cannabis use during pregnancy for Inuit women and to support the education and awareness of those risks and impacts across Inuit Nunangat.
RE: Child Welfare
WHEREAS Inuit children are disproportionately represented the child welfare system in Canada; and
WHEREAS children and youth who are placed in foster care are among the most vulnerable children in Canada;
WHEREAS there is a strong relationship between high rates of Indigenous children in care, and the vast and generational effects of resulting poor health and social outcomes for these children; and
WHEREAS the need to address Indigenous child welfare issues topped the list of the TRC’s 94 calls to action; and
WHEREAS there is a lack of Inuit involvement in child welfare legislation; and
WHEREAS there is no cohesive plan to examine how to get children back into Inuit communities;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit conduct research into the specific experiences of Inuit children, youth and families involved with the child welfare system across the country to determine what policies are needed to protect Inuit children from experiencing undue risk and harm to their health and well-being.
RE: Gender-based Violence and Traumatic Brain Injury
WHEREAS traumatic brain injury is an injury to the brain that is caused by external physical force; and
WHEREAS traumatic brain injury can lead to impairments, ranging from mild to severe, in cognition (thinking), emotions, behavior, and physical functioning; and
WHEREAS domestic violence is a common cause of brain injury in women, who constitute the majority of victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner; and
WHEREAS victims often do not seek immediate medical attention, or when they do, they often fear disclosing what caused their injuries;
WHEREAS a lack of training, expertise, resources and awareness among first responders and emergency personnel may cause victims to spend their lives dealing with the consequences of an undiagnosed, untreated, unsupported injury; and
WHEREAS Senior Scientist, Dr. Angela Colantonio, and her team from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute have approached Pauktuutit to collaborate on a future research project exploring the impact of brain injury in women survivors of intimate partner violence; and
WHEREAS the DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada have expressed significant interest in undertaking a collaborative research project with Pauktuutit on this issue;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Pauktuutit work in partnership with Dr. Colantonio’s team and DisAbled Women’s Network to conduct research to understand how common domestic violence-related traumatic brain injury is, investigate short-term and long-term effects, increase understanding and awareness of domestic violence as a cause of traumatic brain injury and identify promising practices for screening, diagnosis and treatment.
RE: Gender-Based Violence and the Needs of Women in the Justice System
WHEREAS in the last 30 years, Canadian jurisdictions have put into place criminal justice policies to respond to intimate partner violence, including pro-arrest policies, pro-prosecution policies, and specialized domestic violence courts; and
WHEREAS the majority of intimate partner violence victims are women; and
WHEREAS Inuit women affected by violence have not had meaningful opportunities to provide input into policy discussions concerning the effectiveness of these responses, despite the fact that they are the primary beneficiaries;
WHEREAS listening to Inuit women is essential for knowing how criminal justice policies and practices affect them personally—whether they feel justice is being served, they are satisfied with court outcomes, or if they are safer as a result of these processes;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit conduct a research project to determine what matters to Inuit victims of intimate partner violence and explore their first-hand experiences with the criminal justice system and other agencies that respond to intimate partner violence.
RE: Aboriginal Healing Foundation
WHEREAS the Aboriginal Healing Foundation was established in 1998 as an Indigenous managed, non-profit corporation dedicated to responding to the legacy of residential schools in Canada and the associated community health impacts; and
WHEREAS the mission of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation was to provide resources to promote reconciliation and encourage and support Aboriginal people and their communities in building and reinforcing sustainable healing processes that address the legacy of physical, sexual mental, cultural and spiritual school system, including intergenerational impacts; and
WHEREAS under the Conservative government, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation ceased operations on September 30, 2014; and
WHEREAS because of institutional abuses from the past, Inuit today suffer from the many effects of unresolved trauma; and
WHEREAS Inuit lack adequate health and social services and resources needed to assist with the healing process to fight the legacy of trauma; and
WHEREAS the Aboriginal Healing Foundation could support the ongoing healing of Inuit;
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT Pauktuutit advocate for funds to be restored to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.