Nunavut releases poverty reduction plan

The Nunavut government has released an anti-poverty plan, The Makimaniq Plan (PDF) that has come out of a year of discussions, community dialogues and Nunavut's first poverty summit in November 2011. The plan states that the root causes of poverty lie in the distinct differences between Inuit forms of governance and the model of governance in use in Nunavut today. It calls for food security, community wellness plans, housing and income support, and community participation.

“At the heart of our work to reduce poverty is the need to reconcile Inuit forms of governance with the governance model we use in Nunavut today,” said Vice President Anawak. “As it states in The Makimaniq Plan, we must heal the relationships between citizens and the organizations that serve them, and rely on our traditions of working together and helping one another.”