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Flagship Inuit job training fund mired in staff shortages – Nunatsiaq Online

by pmnationtalk on February 5, 2018345 Views

February 05, 2018

“When I say limited capacity, I mean I’m by myself”

OTTAWA—Two and a half years after Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. received $175 million from the federal government for a fund to help Inuit get government jobs, the corporation that manages the money still isn’t ready to use it, an NTI director said last week at the Northern Lights trade show in Ottawa.

The Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corp. received the $175 million in May 2015, as part of a $255.5 million out-of-court deal that settled a lawsuit NTI filed against the federal government in December 2006.

But Makigiaqta doesn’t have the capacity to handle the 37 applications they received in response to a big request for training proposals it issued in October 2017, which NTI described as “an open call for project concepts.”

“When I say ‘limited capacity,’  I mean, I’m by myself. I’m the only one working for Makigiaqta right now,” Adeline Salomonie, the director of NTI’s Inuit employment and training division, said Feb. 2 during a Powerpoint presentation.

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