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Request for Proposal (RFP) Environmental scan: Barriers and opportunities for climate resilient infrastructure investments in Inuit Nunangat

Policy Advancement – Ottawa, Ontario
Department Policy Advancement
Employment Type Contractor

Instructions on How to Apply:

Your electronic submission should be sent by 4:00 pm EST on December 13, 2019 to:
James Kuptana at


Scope of Work


Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is seeking a consultant(s) to undertake an environmental scan of existing federal infrastructure policies and programs in Inuit Nunangat. The scan should particularly investigate: (1) degree to which programs and policies apply a climate lens to investments, and how; and (2) program criteria and other factors which may prove to be barriers to Inuit access to federal infrastructure funding. This work will help inform the future implementation of the infrastructure component of the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy. This work should include:

  • A comprehensive list of federal infrastructure policies and programs;
  • Interviews with relevant federal program authorities;
  • Interviews with land claim organizations; and
  • Identification of opportunities and barriers for Inuit access to federal infrastructure funding.

The report should include a common-language summary for policymakers and provide actionable intelligence to support ITK and the NICCC in the implementation of the infrastructure priority area of the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy.

Background Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)

ITK is the national representational organization for Canada’s 65,000 Inuit, the majority of whom live in four regions, including the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). Collectively, these four regions make up Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada. Inuit Nunangat includes 53 communities and encompasses roughly 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline.

The comprehensive land claim agreements that have been settled in Inuit Nunangat form a core component of ITK’s mandate. These land claims have the status of protected treaties under the Constitution. ITK remains committed to working in partnership with the Crown to fully implement these land claims. Consistent with its founding purpose, ITK represents the rights and interests of Inuit at the national level through a democratic governance structure that represents all Inuit regions.

ITK advocates for policies, programs and services that impact the health, social, cultural, political and environmental issues facing Inuit today. ITK is governed by a Board that is composed of the following members:

  • President, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
  • President, Makivik Corporation
  • President, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
  • President, Nunatsiavut Government

In addition to voting members, the following non-voting Permanent Participant Representatives also sit on the Board:

  • President, Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada
  • President, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada
  • President, National Inuit Youth Council

The National Inuit Climate Change Committee and the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy

The Department of Policy Advancement at ITK coordinates the National Inuit Climate Change Committee (NICCC). The Committee provides a collective Inuit voice on climate change impacts, mitigation and adaption issues to stakeholders and policy makers. NICCC has been the driving force behind the development of the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy (NICCS), released in June 2019. The strategy focuses on collaborative approaches to achieving action with partners in five main interconnected priority areas. Infrastructure is one of the five priority areas in the strategy, with the goal to close the infrastructure gap in Inuit Nunangat with climate resilient new builds, retrofits to existing build, and Inuit adaptations to changing natural infrastructure.


Inuit Nunangat is severely impacted by a serious and increasing infrastructure deficit between Inuit Nunangat and the rest of Canada. The infrastructure deficit in Inuit Nunangat is compounded by the effects of climate change, which are disproportionally affecting Inuit communities. This gap limits the potential for local and regional economic self-sufficiency and serves to isolate Inuit Nunangat from the rest of Canada politically and economically. The infrastructure deficit across Inuit Nunangat currently serves as a major barrier to economic growth, health and wellness, access to justice, and democratic engagement and participation.

Past infrastructure investments have largely flowed from the federal government to the provincial and territorial governments and bypassed Inuit representational organizations and governments. Although certain policy areas are shifting to support Inuit self-determination, such as the recent direct funding to Inuit for housing, a systemic shift to an Inuit Nunangat policy space is required to move towards a distinctions-based approach in which programs, policies and funding are available, co-developed and delivered in ways that reflect the distinct needs and governance structures of Inuit and reflective of our distinct relationships with the Crown.

Both the National Inuit Climate change Strategy, released in June 2019, and the Infrastructure priority area of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee, formally endorsed by leaders in June 2019, identify the need to address Inuit Nunangat’s infrastructure deficit with an emphasis on climate resilience and a shift to Inuit self-determination. A comprehensive review of the existing federal infrastructure policies and programs in Inuit Nunangat will provide baseline information to inform future advocacy and action.

The Consultant(s) will work with ITK to refine the following research questions that will help to guide the environmental scan:

  1. What are all the existing federal programs and policies that support infrastructure investments in Inuit Nunangat?
  2. Do these programs apply a climate lens?
  3. Are Inuit Land Claim Organizations eligible recipients?
  4. Synthesizing the above, what are the barriers and opportunities to transformative climate resilient infrastructure investments in Inuit Nunangat?

The deliverables for the environmental scan are outlined below:

  1. Environmental scan report, including standard sections such as executive summary, introduction, methodology, results and analysis, discussion and recommendations, and references.
  2. Placemat of existing federal infrastructure policies and programs, with relevant parameters
  3. Standalone common-language summary for policymakers


We require a detailed proposal with a cost estimate and projected timelines for the environmental scan  that includes the above deliverables. The work must be completed no later than March 31, 2020 with the deliverables to follow shortly thereafter. Proposal should include:

  1. Proposed activities, cost estimates and timeline for the various components of the project.
  2. Resume of the primary person(s) responsible for the development and coordination of the plan.
  3. Access to two examples of previous work.
  4. Three references and phone numbers of people for whom you have conducted similar or relevant work.

Role of ITK staff:

ITK staff will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Choosing the consultant and finalizing scope of work.
  2. Approving plans and components of the environmental scan.
  3. Providing timely review of draft reports; and, timely approvals of plans and reports.

Role of the Consultant

The successful consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Providing a plan with timeline for each component.
  2. Conducting these components with input from ITK staff and the National Inuit Climate Change Committee within the designated timeframe.

Selection Criteria and Process

The following are the criteria we will use in the selection process:

  • Detailed plan and timeline (including projected costs for each component).
  • Potential for excellent working relationship.
  • Evidence of high standards in conduct of work.
  • Experience working with Inuit and familiarity with Inuit Nunangat.
  • Working knowledge of hazard mapping, vulnerability assessments and adaptation policy and planning.
  • Strong recommendations from references.
  • Compliance with deadline. 

The proposals will be reviewed in detail according to the above criteria. Selection will be made by December 20, 2019, and all applicants will be promptly notified.

If you have any questions, please contact James Kuptana at

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