The Makimaniq Plan: A Shared Approach to Poverty Reduction is the result of a remarkable, year-long process that engaged some 800 of Nunavut's 33,000 people, across the territory. In Monday's column, we saw how, for Inuit, poverty reduction requires healing through empowerment.
The Makimaniq Plan recognizes that this, in turn, requires real community engagement. It is at the community level that individuals and families are most likely to mobilize in ways that will begin to rebuild self-reliance and a sense of ownership of the issues.
The Plan calls for the creation of a new kind of collaborative organization to lead community engagement: the Nunavut Roundtable on Poverty Reduction. Members will include the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) — the official steward of Inuit interests in the territory — communities, community organizations and businesses.
If this doesn't sound especially innovative, here is the show-stopper: Premier Eva Aariak has promised that "this Government will introduce legislation for the implementation of the long-term Poverty Reduction Action Plan with the collaboration of our partners." (my emphasis)
In other words, the legislation appears to aim at ensuring government's participation in the Roundtable will be as a full and genuine partner.