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Claiming ignorance of CERB payments wrong on many levels – Nunavut News

October 28, 2020

I’m not sure what Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s (NTI) top leaders were thinking during their recent annual general meeting in Cambridge Bay this past week when they passed a resolution calling on the federal government to forgive any debts incurred by Inuit who collected the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) when they were ineligible to do so during the Covid-19 pandemic.

NTI declared that Nunavummiut should not be penalized because they took CERB benefits without realizing they would have to pay them back at a later date if they were not entitled to them.

The resolution claimed Inuit should not be exposed to undue hardship through their taking of the benefits and that benefits received in error should be forgiven.

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