In 2011, Ilisaqsivik was selected as one of Tides Canada’s” Tides Top Ten.” The Tides Top 10 recognizes the nation’s most innovative and forward-thinking projects and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision and real-world impact in addressing today’s most pressing environmental and social problems.
Ilisaqsivik was chosen for:
- Creating a place for the community in Clyde River to learn and be actively involved in Inuit culture, developing programs on the premise that “the people themselves know best.”
- Engaging all parts of the community – from Inuktituk language classes, to Inuit youth summer work experience programs and traditional hunting training.
- Teaching that wellness often begins with changes to one’s thinking and actions – with the goal to better relationships, with oneself, with family and with the community.
Ross McMillan, CEO of the Tides Foundation, described this year’s Tides Top 10 as “ground-breaking in their approach to social change.”
Ilisaqsivik is proud to have received the 2010 Kaiser Foundation National Mental Health and Addictions Award for Excellence in Community Programming. The Kaiser Foundation awards recognize individuals or community groups who have made exceptional contributions in the field of mental health and addictions.
“All of Ilisaqsivik’s programs are based on respect for Inuit traditional values, and are designed, run and evaluated by local people for local people. This is a wonderful example of a community that has come together to address its own needs.”
– The Kaiser Foundation