Iqaluit, Nunavut – March 5, 2018 – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is inviting applications from individuals and community organizations in all 13 Qikiqtani communities for the QCAP – the Qikiqtani Cultural Activities Program.
Following extensive consultations with all 13 Qikiqtani communities in 2017, QIA heard clearly that Qikiqtani Inuit wanted cultural programs which foster traditional skills and strengthen Inuit identity, particularly land and sewing programs.
Under QCAP, each community can access up to $33,000 for programs. Although land and sewing programs are given priority, QIA will also consider other Inuit cultural programs.
The new program is designed to be more accessible, with simplified application and reporting processes.
“I am extremely pleased that QIA can provide even more funds for important cultural programs like land and sewing in Qikiqtani communities,” says QIA president P.J. Akeeagok, “these programs help to preserve our way of life and provide Inuit an opportunity to practice, teach and share traditional skills.”
QCAP was one of the programs selected by the QIA Board of Directors in October 2017 to be part of the new Benefits Fund spending. Money for the Benefits Fund is derived from the Legacy Fund, as the Legacy Fund grows its revenues go to the Benefits Fund to increase programs for Inuit.
The deadline for QCAP applications is April 3, 2018.
The QCAP guidelines and application are available on the QIA website.
For more information, please contact:
Sima Sahar Zerehi,
Director of Communications,
Qikiqtani Inuit Association