The Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) was incorporated in 1976 to represent and promote the interests of the Kitikmeot Inuit. Our priorities were the land claims process and political and economic development.
Over the years our responsibilities and goals have changed. With the signing of the Nunavut Agreement in 1993 and again in 1999 with the creation of Nunavut, our role and responsibilities have changed significantly. The Kitikmeot Inuit Association now manages approximately 96 regional responsibilities and enforces Inuit rights guaranteed under the Nunavut Agreement.
Our vision is “KIA is an organization that manages lands and resources that support traditional and cultural values, and provides economic and social benefits to Kitikmeot Inuit. Through our efforts, Inuit have a strong sense of pride and identity, pursue higher education, and speak and write in our Inuit language”.
Our values are “We are proud, strong, competent, and dedicated Inuit leaders – We cherish our language and culture – We support the development and daily use of our language and culture at home and at work in order to build pride and a strong sense of Inuit identity – We act in support of others, with accountability, sensitivity, commitment, honesty and cooperation”.
Our mandate is to “manage Kitikmeot Inuit lands and resources, and to protect and promote the social, cultural, political, environmental and economic well-being of Kitikmeot Inuit”.
The KIA is a democratically elected not-for-profit society that represents the Inuit of the Kitikmeot Region of Nunavut that is actively implementing its vision, values, and mandate.
Through careful management of lands in our trust we can ensure economic development in our region provides direct benefits to our people while minimizing the impact on our culture and traditional way of life. By providing training and economic development assistance we can ensure our people have the opportunities in education, employment and entrepreneurship to take a dynamic and active role in our future.
The Nunavut Agreement makes Nunavut Inuit one of the largest private landowners in the world. Much of this privately owned land is in areas with high potential for mineral development. This land is a significant opportunity for Inuit if it is managed properly. The KIA, as a Designated Inuit Organization (DIO) under the Nunavut Agreement, seeks to optimize opportunities and manage liabilities that are inherent with being a private landowner.
Our Department of Lands and Environment is responsible for regional environmental management and resource development. The department has direct responsibility for management of 106,360 square kilometres of Inuit-Owned Lands (IOL). The department is also responsible for license and lease issuance, inspections, and leads KIA’s participation in environmental regulatory processes, including those administered by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the Nunavut Water Board (NWB).
Our Department of Social and Cultural Development is responsible for planning, developing and managing KIA’s programs and services that enhance Inuit culture, language and wellness. The Department is also responsible for accessing third-party funding and ensuring programs and services offered reflect the needs of Kitikmeot Inuit.
Our Department of Planning and Communications is responsible for providing overall internal support to KIA operations. The department coordinates strategic plan development, monitors performance, and develops communication materials, including reports to Kitikmeot Inuit. The Department is also responsible for ensuring Designated Inuit Organization (DIO) responsibilities are negotiated, implemented, tracked, and to report on these activities.
Our Department of Finance provides overall financial management services to KIA and the Kitikmeot Corporation (KC), including development of budgets, maintaining cost controls, reporting, and payroll. The department also carries out key administrative functions, including maintaining filing systems and inventory control.
Our Department of Economic Development is responsible for planning, developing and managing KIA programs and services that enhance the education, training, and economic status of Kitikmeot Inuit. The Department is also responsible for accessing third-party funding and ensuring programs and services offered reflect the needs of Kitikmeot Inuit.