Nunavut releases anti-poverty plan
Makimaniq plan's include improving child care and reviewing rents
The Nunavut government released a poverty reduction plan on Friday, outlining strategies the government and its partners like Nunavut Tunngavik will take to address poverty in the territory.
"In the past it was a communal effort to survive," said Jack Anawak, vice-president of Nunavut Tunngavik.
"Because of the changing times there are some people being left behind as a result of not having the necessary equipment."
The Makimaniq plan comes from consultations across the territory and last fall's Poverty Summit in Iqaluit.
Priorities include improving early childhood education, increasing food security and reviewing public housing rent scales.
"Unless this co-ordination happens it will be very difficult for us to make progress on this issue, but the good news is with the Makimaniq Plan we've made real progress on collaboration and bringing people together," said Ed McKenna, director of Nunavut's Anti-Poverty Secretariat.
Nunavut Economic Development Minister Peter Taptuna says it will take about 18 months to finalize a plan for action. He said he hopes there will be money for five years of programming. So far the government hasn't attached a dollar figure to the plan.