Nunavut Community Wellness Plans Report Released
November 28, 2011

(November 28, 2011 -- Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Cathy Towtongie, Health Canada Minister Leona Aglukkaq, and Government of Nunavut Minister of Health and Social Services Keith Peterson today announced the release of the Nunavut Community Wellness Planning (NCWP) pilot projects.  The project was undertaken in partnership between Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Government of Nunavut, Health Canada and six Nunavut communities. Health Canada provided $2.4 million in funding for the project through the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund.

Six Nunavut communities - Arviat, Coral Harbour, Clyde River, Igloolik, Kugluktuk, and Kuugaruk - created community wellness plans, which were undertaken and led by each community with support from the NCWP project team. In addition to the community plans, a final report was created to evaluate the process undertaken in the development of community wellness plans.

“I am very happy to see so many different people and agencies come together to decide how to build healthy, strong communities. I believe all Nunavut communities should have the opportunity to create their own wellness plans,” said Towtongie. “The community wellness plans show the passion communities have toward improving well-being.”

“This project was successful in building program integration in communities and increased capacity at the community level to plan and mange health programs,” said the Hon. Keith Peterson. “These plans have provided the foundation for new training programs for community wellness workers throughout Nunavut and will provide the basis for our on-going commitment to improving the health and well-being of Nunavummiut.”

“The Government of Canada is proud to have supported this successful project which has made a difference in the health of communities in Nunavut,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. “We look forward to building on this partnership and continuing to make a positive impact on the health of all Nunavummiut.”

The Nunavut Community Wellness Planning Project was created in partnership with NTI, the Government of Nunavut, and Health Canada’s Northern Region. It is the second tripartite health partnership to be directly managed and coordinated by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., enabling the project to be delivered from an Inuit perspective.

Copies of the reports are available on NTI’s and Government of Nunavut’s websites.