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November 15, 2023
Recent media coverage featuring Kivilliq Inuit Association President Kono Tattuinee indicated that funding requests from Inuit students have almost tripled since 2020.
Iqaluit-Tasiluk MLA George Hickes asked Education Minister Pamela Gross to confirm whether her department has seen similar increases in funding requests.
“I do know that those numbers have been rising and post-Covid they have been rising as well,” said Gross.
Hickes then spoke about regional Inuit organizations and their programs to support post-secondary students. According to a recent media article that he cited, the Inuit organizations “have been denying (some) students due to a lack of funds. It was stated that their funds that they receive come from the federal government, and then Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated. Is the Department of Education looking at accessing these federal funds so that they can leverage Government of Nunavut funds to make sure no student goes underserved?”