A group dedicated to improving health outcomes for Canada’s Inuit says it won’t be able to carry on with much of its work because of a loss of funding from Health Canada.

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has been working on health prevention and promotion projects since 1984, and for years has received financial support from Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Since 2007, the contributions have amounted to about $800,000 per year.

But funding for this year isn’t being granted, the organization said Monday in a news release, because of reductions announced in the federal budget. Projects were to focus on maternal and newborn care, HIV research, midwifery and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

There isn’t enough money to move forward on the projects, which were developed in co-operation with the federal and territorial governments and regional health boards, according to the group.

“Pauktuutit calls upon [Prime Minister Stephen Harper] and Minister of Health [Leona Aglukkaq] to restore these very modest resources that have produced demonstrated positive outcomes,” the group’s statement said.

The organization’s president, Elisapee Sheutiapik, said in an interview with CBC News that she is surprised and frustrated about the news…

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