The organization responsible for two women’s shelters in Iqaluit (Canadian east-Artic) says it’s addressing concerns from clients who say non-Inuit staff are culturally insensitive.

The YWCA Agvvik Nunavut runs the Qimaavik shelter in the Apex area, which provides a safe haven for women and their children impacted by violence, as well as the Sivummut House, a homeless shelter for women in Iqaluit.

Some women staying at the shelters say they want Inuit in senior management roles. CBC is not identifying them because they are currently living at the shelters.

They told CBC they have no access to country food, and employees call traditional foods “smelly.”