Pandering north of 60:
"Fostering community self-reliance is an important initiative of this government,"said Minister Kusugak."This online toolkit, allows communities to identify their infrastructure needs and future goals. The infrastructure plans identify short, medium, and long-term infrastructure requirements. The infrastructure plans recognized by the communities will be used as the basis for the Government of Nunavut's annual capital planning cycle."
Ah. So you're encouraging self reliance by telling people what to do. In days of yore white men used to travel to the North and tell the Inuit, or Eskimos as they were called then, how to live their lives. Modern Canada has advanced considerably since that time. Now we have an Inuit woman who works in Ottawa telling the Inuit how to live. Progress is a mighty thing.
The actual "toolkit" consists of a government website which cost $102,640. The website explains itself thusly:
ICSPs are community-specific infrastructure profiles that explain the current infrastructure situation in each Nunavut community and identify future infrastructure needs and goals. ICSPs also provide a breakdown of all community infrastructure assets and allow for future infrastructure planning based on individual community goals. ICSPs identify the short, medium and long term infrastructure requirements of each community.
Because the people who live in these communities are unable to assess their own needs or devise their own goals? They need a federally funded website to figure all that out. I'm sure everyone involved has the best intentions, but what value added does this site really provide? The whole thing is filled with politically correct bafflegaffe about sustainability and holistic development. Is any good really being done here, or is this merely the appearance of effort?