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Ottawa, ITK target $11 million for Inuit suicide prevention

By Jeff Pelletier  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A multimillion-dollar plan to stem the high rates of suicide in Inuit communities drew sharp criticism just hours after it was announced Thursday morning.   In a joint announcement on Parliament Hill, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the federal government said they will invest $11 million toward ITK’s National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy.   The money comes from the 2022 federal budget, and ITK will allocate it to regional organizations, said president Natan Obed.   “It will be up to regions to decide which priority areas they want to focus on,” Obed said. “When new allocations are created, our board of directors uses a funding formula to allocate funds to all four Inuit regions across Inuit Nunangat.”   However, in Question Period Thursday afternoon, Nunavut

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