Fund­ing an­nounced for ini­tia­tives

Labrador sees over $2 mil­lion for species at risk and ad­vanc­ing women in the work­force

The Labradorian - - Front Page - BY EVAN CAREEN

Labrador MP Yvonne Jones was in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Nov. 14 to an­nounce over $2,225,000 in fed­eral fund­ing for nine projects in Labrador around the im­pacts of cli­mate change and women’s eco­nomic se­cu­rity.

Cli­mate change

“They will help build ca­pac­ity to mit­i­gate the neg­a­tive as­pects of cli­mate change and sup­port and con­serve species at risk and de­velop cli­mate change re­silient re­search for our re­gion,” Jones said.

She said these four projects, ac­count­ing for $475,000 of the fund­ing, would help pro­tect species at risk and help build ca­pac­ity for Indige­nous govern­ments to deal with the is­sue. All of these projects specif­i­cally men­tion the Bo­real Wood­land Cari­bou, which is cur­rently be­ing eval­u­ated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for en­dan­gered sta­tus.

The Innu Na­tion re­ceived $280,000 in fund­ing for two projects, one for the En­vi­ron­men­tal Guardians Pro­gram and an­other for ca­pac­ity build­ing and en­gage­ment of Innu in con­ser­va­tion and re­cov­ery ef­forts of the cari­bou.

An­other $60,000 in fund­ing went to the Nu­natsi­avut Gov­ern­ment (NG) to as­sist with their cari­bou con­ser­va­tion ef­forts.

“Cer­tainly the is­sue on cari­bou, whether it’s the Ge­orge River, Torn­gat Moun­tains or Mealy Moun­tains herds, is that we don’t know enough,” Nu­natsi­avut Pres­i­dent Jo­hannes Lampe told The Labradorian. “The fund­ing to look at that will cer­tainly help us find out what are the is­sues. There are a lot of be­liefs about what those are but this will help us find that out.”

The lions share of the fund­ing went to the Nu­natsi­avut Gov­ern­ment for four pro­grams, in­clud­ing $500,000 to sup­port the Torn­gat Moun­tains Base Camp Re­search Cen­tre and $300,000 in fund­ing for the Kangid­lu­a­suk Stu­dent Pro­gram, which helps sup­port Inuit youth in study­ing Inuit cul­ture, Arc­tic science and out­door ad­ven­ture and re­cre­ation.

NG also re­ceived $273,534 in fund­ing for sewer and waste­water in­fra­struc­ture up­grades for the com­mu­nity of Hope­dale. Lampe said in­fra­struc­ture chal­lenges re­lated to cli­mate change are real in NG com­mu­ni­ties and Hope­dale presents a spe­cial chal­lenge.

“The com­mu­nity is mostly on bedrock and putting in wa­ter and sewer ser­vices into that com­mu­nity is go­ing to take a lot of money and a lot of smarts to fig­ure out what to do to make sure that the com­mu­nity and res­i­dents will have wa­ter and sewer ser­vices 24/7,” Lampe noted. “Those is­sues have to be looked at and hope­fully this fund­ing will be a start.”

Just un­der $600,000 in fund­ing will go to the Nu­natukavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil (NCC) for two projects, one sur­round­ing six species at risk, in­clud­ing the cari­bou and an­other for a project to help Indige­nous women with sys­temic bar­ri­ers to em­ploy­ment.

Women’s eco­nomic se­cu­rity

NCC CEO Dorothy Earle said fund­ing for the Path­ways to Eco­nomic Se­cu­rity for Indige­nous Women in Nu­natukavut project will help them ad­dress bar­ri­ers women en­counter in the work­force. She said as part of the project they’ll be hir­ing a staff per­son for the project and they’ll be look­ing at train­ing women in es­sen­tial skills and for the min­ing sec­tor.

“We want to give them in­dus­try spe­cific skills but also soft skills,” she said. “Those can help with what­ever ca­reer path they choose. It’s an in­ter­est­ing project and will help us fo­cus on women in the work­force and in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in a more suc­cinct way.”

Earle said they’ve been work­ing on these is­sues all along but in a more piece­meal way. This al­lows them to fo­cus more on the is­sues that women face and help them over­come them.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing, it’s the first time we’ve ever had any fund­ing like this and the first time we’ve had any real ded­i­cated staff for mov­ing women’s pol­icy is­sues and ini­tia­tives for women,” she said.

The Mokami Sta­tus of Women Coun­cil re­ceived $236,880 in fund­ing for their Path­ways to Eco­nomic Pros­per­ity for Women in Tran­si­tion project.

“We’re ex­cited to get these women back into the work­force and to im­prove their lives through eco­nomic growth,” Coun­cil pres­i­dent Jackie Comp­ton-Hobbs said.

EVAN CAREEN — THE LABRADORIAN

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from four govern­ments and or­ga­ni­za­tions were in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay on Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14 for a fed­eral fund­ing an­nounce­ment. From left, Mokami Sta­tus of Women Coun­cil pres­i­dent Jackie Comp­tonHobbs, Nu­natukavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil CEO Dorothy Earle, Labrador MP Yvonne Jones, Nu­natsi­avut Pres­i­dent Jo­hannes Lampe and She­shat­shiu Innu First Na­tion Chief Eugene Hart.

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