Three South Asian women charged with fraud over Inuit ancestry claims

Nadya Gill and Amira Gill. Photo: Instagram

IQALUIT RCMP have charged three Ontario-based females — two sisters from Kingston and their adoptive mother — in relation to a complaint of fraudulent enrollment into the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporation (NTI) beneficiary list.

RCMP said that an investigation began earlier this year and it was found that between October 2016 and September 2022 the women were found to have applied for and obtained Inuit beneficiary status as adopted Inuit children, through Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporation (NTI).

The women used this Inuit beneficiary status to defraud the Kakivak Association and Qikiqtani Inuit Association of funds that are only available to Inuit beneficiaries by obtaining grants and scholarships.

On September 14, 2023, Karima Manji, 59, Amira Gill, 25, and Nadya Gill, 25, were charged with two counts each of fraud over $5,000.

Manji, and Amira and Nadya Gill are scheduled in Iqaluit court on October 30.