Clyde River’s Inuit Societal Values (ISV) project began in the winter of 2005 with the goal of strengthening the role of Elders in addressing social problems and issues, and promoting the transmission of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Knowledge). Through the ISV programme, elders serve as advisors and share expertise on a wide range of topics within Ilisaqsivik and in the greater community. Because of the importance of Elders’ knowledge and skills, ISV provides the foundation and guidance for every other program offered at Ilisaqsivik Society, and is the primary reason why Ilisaqsivik is able to provide so many community based and culturally based social and cultural programs.
The support that Elders receive through the ISV program shows them and the community that their knowledge and leadership is valuable. ISV has given elders the framework they need to be able to get out into the community and stay involved. It has enabled our Elders to participate in a wide range of activities, and have a very positive powerful influence on important social issues and concerns in our community. ISV has increased Elder involvement in the RCMP, Justice Committee, Daycare, School, and Hamlet. In this capacity, Elders help promote Inuit Societal Values by incorporating them back into everyday life and the governance of community institutions.
Ilisaqsivik sponsors regional counselor and facilitator trainings that focus on traditional Inuit counselling and Inuit societal values. These workshops are often co-facilitated by Clyde River Elders.