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Many of Canada's Inuit live in run-down, overcrowded homes across Canada's Far North, but that isn't stopping them from helping the thousands of Haitian earthquake victims who've been left with no home at all.

Makivik Corporation, the organization that manages the northern Quebec Inuit region of Nunavik and also runs First Air, is sending three of its planes to the disaster zone. The planes, which will be filled with relief supplies, include two Hercules and a Boeing 767 - the latter flight is part a joint effort with the Belinda Stronach Foundation.

Mary Simon, the president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said in a statement that a collection of Inuit groups will make a collective contribution of $90,000 to the relief effort.

In addition to ITK, the other contributing Inuit organizations are Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association.

While ITK is primarily funded by the federal government, most of the other organizations are creations of land claim agreements that generate their own revenue through investments and businesses like First Air.

"Inuit are calling on the government of Canada to match the financial contribution as they are matching the contributions of individual donors to Haiti relief," Ms. Simon's statement says.

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