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Northern sport receives a big boost
GN, federal government team up to provide more than $1 million for sport development

James McCarthy
Northern News Services
Published Monday, January 27, 2014

Sports in Nunavut just got a nice funding boost from the territorial and federal governments.

Both levels of government announced a new two-year funding agreement on Jan. 21, which will see a total of $1,006,900 being invested into sport development and participation in the territory. The bilateral agreement is a 50-50 split and will last until the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

It's a renewal of the same sort of deal signed last year by both governments, which saw them each contribute $250,000.

In a press release, Bal Gosal, the federal minster of state for sport, said working with provincial and territorial governments to advance important priorities for sport and physical activity in Canada is something the federal government is proud to do.

Tom Sammurtok, Nunavut's minister of community and government services, said participation in sport is a key element in pursuing an active lifestyle in Nunavut communities.

"The Government of Nunavut is pleased to partner with the federal government on the Sport Development and Participation Bilateral Agreement, which will assist Nunavummiut in improving fundamental skills, knowledge, and abilities in sport and provide funding to valuable sport programs across the territory," he said.

The agreement is designed to advance an objective of the Canadian Sport Policy, along with moving ahead on three priorities of collaborative action endorsed by the provinces and territories in 2012.

They are supporting Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L), identifying priorities and undertaking initiatives for aboriginal sport development and supporting the introduction to sport programming, with a focus on under-represented populations.

The announcement was music to the ears of Kyle Seeley, the executive director of the territory's sport and recreation division.

He said the funding will be administered through the division's regular programming.

It will supplement the amount of physical literacy programming being offered in Nunavut through various territorial sport organizations (TSO) and recreation departments.

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