How can traditional economies lift Inuit out of poverty? ITK summit tackles question – Nunatsiaq News

Nov 2, 2022

Virtual event runs Wednesday and Thursday

Living a traditional life isn’t so easy anymore.

There are high costs involved with purchasing ATVs, boats, rifles, ammunition and fuel. And when a hunter is able to scrape up the money to buy these things, more hurdles appear.

“You’re bombarded with all kinds of regulations immediately,” said Joe Karetak, the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangnit research co-ordinator with the Aqqiumavvik Society, a community wellness society based in Arviat.

“It’s not possible to be just a hunter and have it like a job.”

Karetak is a featured speaker at this year’s National Inuit Poverty Reduction Summit, which runs Wednesday and Thursday.

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