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I. Organizational BackgroundInuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national representational organization for Canada’s 65,000 Inuit, the majority of whom live in four regions, including the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Québec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). Collectively, these four regions make up Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada. Inuit Nunangat includes 51 communities and encompasses roughly 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and more than 50 percent of its coastline. Consistent with its founding purpose, ITK represents the rights and interests of Inuit at the national level through a democratic governance structure that represents all Inuit regions.
The comprehensive land claim agreements that have been settled in Inuit Nunangat form a core component of ITK’s mandate. These land claims have the status of protected treaties under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982, and ITK remains committed to working in partnership with the Crown towards full implementation. ITK advocates for policies, programs, and services to address the social, cultural, political, and environmental issues facing our people.
ITK is governed by a Board of Directors that is composed of the following members from the four (4) Land Claims Organizations (LCO’s):
In addition to voting members, the following non-voting permanent participant representatives also sit on the Board:
II. Inuit Nunangat Food Security Strategy Implementation Plan
The high prevalence of food insecurity among Inuit is among the longest-lasting public health crises in Canada. According to the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey, 76% of Inuit aged 15 and over living in Inuit Nunangat are experiencing food insecurity, meaning they struggle to access sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs, as well as their food preferences for a healthy and active life. This is a result of numerous interconnected social and economic inequities experienced by Inuit including poverty, high cost of living, climate change, inadequate infrastructure and systemic racism within our food system. While Inuit and all Canadians have the right to food, there is no federal government action that sets out to improve food insecurity for Inuit communities
ITK along with the Inuit Food Security Working Group (IFSWG) developed the Inuit Nunangat Food Security Strategy (INFSS) to advance Inuit-driven solutions for improving food security and creating a sustainable food system in Inuit Nunangat. The Inuit Food Security working group includes representation from the four Inuit land claims organizations, including the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and the Nunatsiavut Government as well as the Inuit Circumpolar Council of Canada, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, the National Inuit Youth Council, and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.
The INFSS was released on July 12, 2021. The INFSS has a vision to end hunger and support food sovereignty through the development of a sustainable food system that reflects our societal values, supports out well-being, and ensures our access to affordable, nutritious, safe, and culturally preferred foods. The INFSS identifies measureable objectives and corresponding actions within five priority areas: legislation and policy, programs and services, knowledge and skills, food system and wellbeing, and research and advocacy.
ITK and the IFSWG are in the process of developing an implementation plan which outlines the deliverables for each action identified in the strategy as well as corresponding timelines. This document will provide achievable items that IFSWG members agree would advance the ultimate vision of the INFSS. ITK is seeking expertise to work with ITK and the IFSWG to complete the drafting of the implementation plan and assist with corresponding monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) work for the INFSS.
III. Scope of Work Requirements
The contractor would work collaboratively with ITK and the IFSWG to develop an implementation plan for the INFSS. Additionally, the contractor would assist with the development of the associated monitoring, evaluation and learning work to build a framework for the INFSS by working collaboratively with ITK and the MEL contractor hired by ITK. The contractor would be required to undertake the following:
Specifically these tasks include:
1. Participate in planning meetings with ITK representatives
2. Assist with meetings/workshops with the IFSWG on implementation planning
3. Assist with organizing and facilitating meetings with external experts
4. Develop the implementation plan
5. Present submission to the IFSWG
6. Finalize submission
7. Assist with development of INFSS evaluation framework
Summary of Request for Proposals
Through this RFP, we are seeking an experienced applicant with an in-depth knowledge of Inuit within Inuit Nunangat, as well as their governance structures. We will assess proposals based on the following criteria (please include in your proposal):
We expect this work to begin on October 4, 2021 and continue to January 30, 2022. We anticipate the work will require 2.5 days/week October – December, 2021 (14 weeks) and 2 days/week in January, 2022 (4 weeks).
Submission Deadline: Your electronic submission should be sent by 4:00 pm EST on September 20, 2021 to Lauren Goodman at [email protected]
Questions: Please direct any questions in writing only to Deborah Van Dyk, Senior Policy Analyst, at [email protected]