Update, January-March 2016: NUNIVAAT - NUNAVIK STATISTICS PROGRAM
Based on a long history of cooperation between the Kativik Regional Government (KRG)
and Université Laval, Nunivaat was established in 2005 as a permanent, public and independent statistics program on the socioeconomic situation of Nunavik. Nunivaat is
directed by Université Laval and funded by the KRG.
RESEARCH AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
Study on the Cost of Living in Nunavik – Data collection work under the study is now complete. A total of 450 households were surveyed in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Salluit, Puvirnituq and Umiujaq, as targeted. Data processing and analysis work is continuing at Université Laval and a final report is expected for next fall. Under the Agreement on the Financing of Measures to Reduce the Cost of Living in Nunavik signed in 2013, the Makivik Corporation, the KRG and the Québec government made a commitment to use the results of this study to define effective and long-term solutions to the region’s high cost of living. Discussions are also underway to permit the cost-of-living in Nunavik database to remain available so as to feed decisions regarding the Nunavik Cost-of-Living Reduction Measures.
Press Release: Hydro Québec’s Second-Tier Electricity Rate Increase Will Hurt Nunavik
Kuujjuaq, Québec, April 4, 2016 – The Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) disapprove of a recent decision by the Régie de l’énergie (energy board) to permit Hydro Québec to apply an annual 8% increase to the second-tier residential rate for off- grid networks north of the 53rd parallel beginning on April 1, 2016, including for the networks in the 14 northern villages.
Press Release: Nunavik Cost-of-Living Reduction Measure Improvements
Kuujjuaq, Québec, April 1, 2016 – The Kativik Regional Government (KRG) and the Makivik Corporation announce adjustments to cost-of-living programs to better target support for the region’s most disadvantaged residents and to promote healthy lifestyles that take into consideration Inuit traditional activities and culture. The important improvements for 2016–2017 are:
Press Release: Québec Expresses Its Solidarity with Nunavimmiut
Kuujjuaq, Québec, March 29, 2016 – Further to meetings last week in Kuujjuaq and Inukjuak between Nunavik representatives and a delegation of MNAs who sit on the Committee of Citizen Relations, the National Assembly adopted a motion recognizing the commitment of Nunavimmiut to improve the quality of life and living conditions in their communities.