During an emotional announcement event held in Iqaluit, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., along with the federal and territorial governments, announced plans to built a territorial trauma and treatment centre in the capital.
The plan sees all three parties, called the Partnership on Health, committing millions to build a recovery centre. Funds are also committed for training, as well as costs to operate the centre, where treatment for addictions and trauma will take place.
The parties could not offer a specific timeline on when the recovery centre would open, but the centre already has an executive director and work has already begun.
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The parties signed an agreement, committing to the following funds:
Government of Canada: Up to $47.5 million over five years for up to 75 per cent of capital costs, and ongoing operations. After five years, a contribution of up to $9.7 million annually.
Government of Nunavut: Up to 30 per cent over five years toward capital costs, 100 per cent of costs associated with enhanced community-based programming for on-the-land healing camps and other in-community supports, and support for ongoing operations and maintenance for the recovery centre and staff housing.
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.: The Inuit organization committed $5 million in February toward the territory-wide plan.
Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation: To fund the Inuit counselling component, the corporation is providing $11.85 million over five years.
More to come.