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Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Welcomes Federal Budget 2018
After yesterday’s federal budget announcement, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith is pleased with the government’s continued focus on the Inuit housing needs and the necessity of enhanced skill development within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR).
“Inuit housing is essential to better health, education, socio-cultural, and economic outcomes. The continued investment in housing units through Federal Budget 2018 will improve the overall condition of communities and provide better homes,” Smith said. “With the restructuring of the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, IRC will be able to continue their delivery of capacity, employment training, and skill development within the region.”
Smith also believes the commitment to a permanent Inuit Health Survey is a step in the right direction.
“The Inuit Health Survey will highlight the gaps in services at the community level,” Smith said. “The data gained from the survey could help alleviate discrepancies within our region as compared to the rest of Canada.”
IRC also welcomes the initiative to reform child and family services and looks forward to the development of this initiative for the betterment of Inuvialuit children.
Investment in infrastructure, economic stimulation, food security, and language revitalization are other areas in which IRC will continue to directly pursue at all levels of government for the advancement of Inuvialuit, the region at large, and Canada as a whole. IRC continues to work with the other Inuit regions under our national organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, for the benefit of all Inuit across Canada.
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