Department of Social Policy (DSP) is mandated to help address the social and cultural needs of Inuit in Qikiqtani communities through the design and delivery of social programming and by advocating on behalf of Inuit pursuant to Article 32 of the Nunavut Agreement.
In fulfilling this mandate, DSP:
- Supports the design and delivery of social programs and initiatives in communities
- Conducts research and analysis to identify social, economic, and political trends
- Represents QIA on various advisory groups, working groups, committees, and roundtables
- Develops strategic responses to legislative or government policy changes on behalf of the organization
- Advocates for Inuit by working with government agencies, educational institutions, community groups, and private sector to leverage funding and resources to address community needs
The department is led by the Director of Social Policy with the assistance of four staff: Youth Programs Coordinator, Community Development Coordinator, Qikiqtani Truth Commission Implementation Coordinator, and the Policy Analyst.
The Social Policy Department represents QIA on:
- Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit / Embrace Life Council
- Qikiqtaaluk Socio-Economic Monitoring Committee
- Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction
- Nunavut Food Security Coalition
- National Inuit Youth Council
- Knowledge Network on Environment Impact Assessment and the social impacts of mining in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and Subarctic (Eeyou Istchee, Nunavik and Nunavut)