Pauktuutit women’s organization receives $125,000 for leadership project

Federal government funding will help fight gender-based violence, says president

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada President Rebecca Kudloo said the $125,000 funding announced Jan. 21 by the Department for Women and Gender Equality will be used to support the organization’s efforts to improve participation Inuit women in leadership positions across Canada. (Photo courtesy of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada)

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The national organization representing Inuit women in Canada received $125,000 from the federal Department for Women and Gender Equality.

Rebecca Kudloo, president of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, said the money will go to the organization’s Empowering Inuit Women in Leadership project.

“The primary goal of the project is to develop leadership opportunities that will help address gender-based violence,” Kudloo said in an email.

She added that the project will also help give Pauktuutit a community presence.

The project aims to implement a gender-based violence framework to advance Inuit women’s leadership. She said Pauktuutit requested the funding from the ministry.

“We hope that the results of our initial research will better meet the needs and aspirations of Inuit women,” she said.

“The goal is to improve or increase the participation of Inuit women in leadership roles across Canada.

Marci Ien, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, announced via a Facebook livestream on January 21 that $14 million will go to 34 projects supporting Indigenous women across Canada.

She said in a press release that the funding is intended to help overcome the intersectional barriers to equality that many communities face.

“We cannot achieve true and lasting gender equality without keeping diverse indigenous peoples safe,” Ien said, adding that community organizations have seen an increased demand for support during the pandemic.

The project focuses on improving Indigenous women’s economic participation, increasing leadership in various sectors, and preventing and eliminating gender-based violence.

Other northern Aboriginal organizations receiving funding include the Yukon Native Women’s Council and the Native Women’s Circle of Whitehorse.