The Trudeau Liberals will be flying hip-hop dancers, rappers, and African drummers to Nunavut in February for Black History Month.
According to Blacklock's Reporter, documents show that nearly $83,000 in funding was put aside for the trip, including "talent fees" for one senator to visit the territory.
Stephanie Bernard, the president of the Nunavut Black History Society, a real society that focuses on "protection, celebration, research and conservation of the dignity, pride, history, arts, culture and heritage of people of African descent in Nunavut and Canada," did not wish to discuss the matter with Blacklock's, providing no insight on the Access To Information Records detailing "grants to the club that totaled a quarter million since 2019."
The Society says that in total, there are less than 100 black people in the entire territory.
According to the Canadian Heritage department's records, an $82,765 grant application for next month set to accommodate fights and travel costs for black performers from Toronto and Ottawa to Iqaluit.
These artists include Kardinal Offishall who was budgeted $32,600, Derek Thorne and ensemble for $12,500, and $9,400 to have a troup called Moov to teach hip-hop courses to Inuits.
The Nunavut Black History Society grant application said that the event would "help the local population, especially the Inuit majority, navigate and understand contemporary issues surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, systemic racism, anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, white supremacy, bigotry, hate and prejudice."
"This is to ensure the protection and improvement of life for people of African descent in Nunavut," wrote Society president Bernard.
Records show that the Society earlier received grants of $56,431 in 2021, $68,050 in 2019, and another $57,800 in the year prior.
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