Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is the Regional Inuit Association that democratically represents the over 14,000 Inuit of the Qikiqtani (Baffin). The Qikiqtani region includes 13 communities from Grise Fiord in the High Arctic down to Sanikiluaq (Belcher Island).
We started as a non-profit, land claim and community organization in 1996 and registered as a society in 1997. Our predecessor, the Baffin Regional Inuit Association (BRIA) was formed in 1975.
Under the Nunavut Agreement we are considered a Designated Inuit Organization (DIO) as per Article 39.
There are three Regional Inuit Associations affiliated with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI). The Board of Directors of NTI is made up of the three Regional Inuit Associations including NTI’s President being accountable to all Nunavut Inuit. We work closely with our partners and different levels of governments to ensure that Inuit are being adequately served.
There are two Inuit organizations operating under the QIA umbrella:
Kakivak Association (Kakivak) is responsible for community economic development and small business development
Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC) is the development corporation of QIA.