The Indian and Inuit Support Group of Newfoundland and Labrador
Organization profile published 1981
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2308
In January, 1979, a number of Newfoundlanders got together and formed a group called The Indian and Inuit Support Group of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Abstract: In January, 1979, a number of Newfoundlanders got together and formed a group called The Indian and Inuit Support Group of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its purpose is to help publicize and support the rights and aspirations of the province's original inhabitants, the Indian and Inuit people.
While not presuming to speak for the Indian and Inuit Association, the group helps to publicize the position taken by these organizations and to raise public consciousness to the issues that are involved. To achieve this objective, the support group publishes a newsletter called "The Indian and Inuit Supporter." It also organizes public meetings, film and slide show presentations and helps prepare background research material.
The land claim proposals of the Indian and Inuit people of the province have been presented to the government by the Naskapi-Montagnais Inuit Association, the Labrador Inuit Association and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians. As the support group has said, "A land claim settlement is much more than a glorified real estate transaction." Included in the transaction are substantive issues including the revision of game laws, education control, health care improvements, maintenance of cultural lifestyles and political and economic matters.
The Indian and Inuit Support Group is non-profit, unaffiliated, autonomous and unsubsidized. Expenses are covered by membership fees and donations. OXFAM provides the use of an office and telephone free of charge.
This organization no longer exists.