During the summer of 2005, Inuit women came from each of Nunavik’s 14 communities and from the south to meet at Qilalugaq Camp near Puvirnituq, where they discussed issues they felt were important to their communities: parenting, child abuse, suicide, education, language, healing, and violence. They recommended the creation of a women’s association to strengthen the voice of Nunavik women. Saturviit, Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik was created in 2006 with the mandate to promote the interests of women in Nunavik. One of the first actions of Saturviit was to declare a Manifesto to stop violence.
Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik represents all Inuit women of Nunavik aged 16 and over who are JBNQA beneficiaries. As a regional not-for-profit organization, Saturviit strives to be the voice for Nunavik women and to represent their well-being and interests. Saturviit reaches out to Nunavik’s 14 communities and to Inuit women who have migrated south. We have a Board of Directors representing the different regions and communities of Nunavik.
Our organization encourages women to take positive actions to improve their own social and economic well-being. It advocates at the regional and provincial level for programs and services to promote healthy women, children, and families.
Saturviit provides financial contribution and support to local women’s groups to carry out community projects and events. It undertakes regional projects and activities that respond to Inuit women’s concerns and interests. Saturviit also represents Nunavik women in an advisory role at the regional, national, and international levels.