Nunavut Poverty Progress Profile 2016


There are 25 communities across Nunavut with populations between 110 and 7,500 people; each community is isolated and accessible by only air, water, or snowmobile in the winter. Most of the people living in Nunavut are Inuit (85%) and 68% speak Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun. The legacy of colonialism is a contributing factor to poverty in Nunavut. In 2014, 10,500 economic families in the territory experienced poverty according to the Low Income Measure. Although the data is limited, poverty in Nunavut is amongst the highest in the country. Housing and food insecurity are incredibly high and population health rates are significantly lower than elsewhere.

In 2012, the Nunavut Roundtable for Poverty Reduction (the Roundtable) – co-sponsored by the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) – developed a poverty action plan called The Makimaniq Plan: A Shared Approach to Poverty Reduction. The plan emphasizes Inuit values and the inclusion of different community members in collaborating to reduce poverty in the territory. The territory is now in the process of putting together Makimaniq II: Our Shared Approach to Poverty Reduction. 

Publication date: 
Dec 2016
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