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Exploring a New Direction for Minor Hockey in Nunavik

Kuujjuaq, Québec, February 10, 2017 – Inuit leaders from Makivik Corporation (Makivik) and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) have decided to chart a path for the future of Nunavik Minor Hockey following a Joint Executive meeting held to determine four hockey related funding applications to the Ungaluk Safer Communities Program (Ungaluk) on February 2, 2017.

Ungaluk supports initiatives preventing crime in the region. In 2014, Ungaluk was restructured to enhance the impact of the program as each project proposal undergoes an in-depth analysis and is scored based on crime prevention criteria, priority areas, and target groups. The Nunavik representatives of the Ungaluk Committee of Experts assist in the development of recommendations, which are then presented to the Joint Executives (Makivik and KRG) for a final decision.

The Joint Executives took a unanimous decision to develop hockey at the community level in Nunavik, with more focus on regional hockey development instead of competitions in southern Quebec, and to ensure that greater number of youth have access to supported hockey for a longer period of time at the community level. This new approach is consistent with the findings of the evaluation of the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program (NYHDP) conducted by Goss Gilroy Inc. (GGI) – one of Canada’s leading program evaluation firms. The full report of the evaluation is available online at www.makivik.org/ungaluk-program.

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Makivik Executives Adamie Delisle Alaku and Andy Pirti serving another three-year term

January 20, 2017 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Nunavik beneficiaries have acclaimed Adamie Delisle Alaku as Vice-President, responsible for Resource Development and have re-elected Andy Pirti as Treasurer of Makivik Corporation. Both Executives are now serving their second three-year term. On December 1, 2016 Makivik Corporation nominations for Vice-President, responsible for Resource Development and Treasurer closed.

Adamie Delisle Alaku said, “I am honoured that Nunavik beneficiaries have vested their trust in me as I have been acclaimed as Vice-President, responsible for Resource Development. I have worked hard the last three years to represent Nunavik on many fronts related to wildlife, our land and sea on a regional, national and international scale. I will continue to work actively in the areas of Inuit knowledge, research, academia in order to safeguard our subsistence harvesting and ultimately our Inuit way of life.”

On January 19, 2017 Nunavik beneficiaries re-elected Andy Pirti as Treasurer with 1409 votes, 68.3% of the votes cast. David Dupuis also ran for Treasurer and received 645 votes, 31.3% of the votes cast. There are 7842 eligible voters, 2063 casted their ballot.

Andy Pirti said, “I am pleased to be re-elected as Treasurer of our ethnic organization mandated to represent and promote the interests of Nunavik. I will continue to manage our heritage funds with improvements in transparency and as promised I will ensure that there are continual increases in the beneficiaries equity. My aim is to improve the lives of Nunavik beneficiaries and give back to the communities, this is always at the forefront of my mind in all the work that I do for Nunavik.”

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Makivik Mandate

Politically, culturally and economically, Makivik has been a leader in building and developing a vibrant region called Nunavik, where, between the dualistic nations of Canada and Quebec, Inuit have established our own distinct place and identity. Makivik, which in Inuktitut means “To Rise Up,” is a fitting name for an organization mandated to protect the rights, interests and financial compensation provided by the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the first comprehensive Inuit land claim in Canada, and the more recent offshore Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement that came into effect in 2008. The Corporation’s distinct mandates ranges from owning and operating large profitable business enterprises and generating jobs;
to social economic development, improved housing conditions, to protection of the Inuit language and culture and the natural environment. Makivik’s work demonstrates the extent that modern aboriginal treaties or land claim settlements could benefit governments and Inuit. In 1975 when the first Agreement was signed, it took the position that “settling Inuit land claims” must be viewed in the context of a “new beginning” in terms of developing and implementing a new relationship and way of doing business with the governments of Quebec and Canada. Makivik Corporation and its subsidiary companies have a remarkably positive story to tell and we invite you to explore this site to learn more about Makivik and the Inuit of Nunavik.