Chibougamau, July 12th 2018.- The Quebec Government, through the Fonds d’appui au rayonnement des regions (FARR) announced a financial aid of $449 000$ for the realisation of two projects in Nunavik. This support comes from the Stratégie gouvernementale pour assurer l’occupation et la vitalité des territoires 2018-2022.
Mr. Jean Boucher, M.N.A for Ungava and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks announced the projects that were selected on behalf of Mr. Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montreal Region.
These projects answer the 2017-2018 regional priority that was identified by the administrative committee of the Kativik Regional Government (KRG). This priority is to improve the living conditions of elders. This issue was chosen from the 12 development priorities that were formulated in the Parnasimautik report.
“The FARR is a tool that allows the KRG to identify its own priorities and support projects that answer the direct needs of their population and positively affect more than one Northern Village. This fund allows projects that are more adapted to the particularities of Nunavik to be implemented.”
Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, and Minister responsible for the Montreal Region
“I am proud to witness the efforts that are put in place to maintain and promote Inuit traditions. In addition to insuring regional development, the selected projects will highlight this unique culture as well as preserve Inuktitut.”
Luc Blanchette, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec
“Elders hold a leading role in Nunavik and their citizen participation must be recognized. This is why the initiatives supported by the FARR will favour their contributions to the social and cultural development of the Inuit community as well as prevent their isolation.”
Jean Boucher, M.N.A for Ungava and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks
“Elders are the custodians of our Inuit heritage, culture and language. The KRG has chosen to direct FARR support for the benefit of the region’s elders through two main projects: the participation of elder representatives from every Nunavik community at an annual elders’ gathering this summer and the production of a documentary video to preserve the life experiences of our elders who lives have spanned a tumultuous period of change. These projects are important for who we are as Inuit and underscore the place of our Inuit values in a modern society.”
Jennifer Munick, Chairperson, Kativik Regional Government
- The FARR was created in conjunction to the Regional Development Fund in order to allow municipal and regional elected officials to support projects that will maximise the positive effects for their communities.
- Of the $449 000, over $293 000 will be granted for 2017-2018. The financial aid will be laid out over more than one financial year.
- In total, it will be $310M over 5 years that will be invested in regional development through the FARR. The envelope for this program is as follows: $30M for 2017-2018, $45M for 2018-2019, $60M for 2019-2020, $75M for 2020-2021 and $100M per year starting in 2021-2022.
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