About

Ilisaqsivik is an organization of Inuit who are rebuilding their community and their future.

In traditional terms, we are a community-led not-for-profit in Clyde River. In reality, we are the beating heart of the community—doing whatever is needed and doing it in a way that works for Inuit.

Ilisaqsivik has been operating as an Inuit-led not-for-profit for 25 years

We are unique in that we are governed by a local Inuit volunteer community board of directors. All programs and services are led and delivered by Inuit, in Inuktitut.

Our Inuit-led programs are wide-ranging and often unprecedented

Everything from building our town’s library to a school breakfast program, from Inuktitut-language counselling to a Heritage and Research Centre and to the creation of a social enterprise. But our work does have a common thread – increasing wellbeing and personal potential of Nunavummiat.

Purpose

Why do we exist?

We want Inuit culture and human potential to survive and thrive in our communities, on-the-land and in our language for all future generations and through every phase of life.

Mission

Where are we headed?

With our programs, services and space steeped in Inuit culture, we realize full life potential by supporting the physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing of individuals through every stage of life to create thriving, sustainable communities.

Vision

What do we want for the future?

Self-created, self-determined Inuit societies that enable full life potential by linking traditional knowledge, with the ingenuity and innovation of Inuit to build thriving communities.

Board of Directors
2021-2022

We are an Inuit-driven community organization.

Joamie Apak
Director
Leslie Ashevak
Director
Limikie Palluq
Director
Nina Qillaq
Director
Clark Kalluk
Director
Daniel Jaypoody
Director
Igah Sanguya
Director
Joamie Apak
Director
Leslie Ashevak
Director
Limikie Palluq
Director
Nina Qillaq
Director
Clark Kalluk
Director
Daniel Jaypoody
Director
Igah Sanguya
Director
Regilee Piungituq
Counsellor

Celebrating 25 years!

The Ilisaqsivik Society has been operating as a not-for-profit in Clyde River on Baffin Island for 25 years. Governed by a local Inuit volunteer community board of directors, all programs and services are led and delivered by Inuit, in Inuktitut It is the largest employer in the community – employing approximately 200 people out of the local population of 1200 residents.

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Ilisaqsivik Documentary

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Darkspark — Clyde River

Darkspark

April 8, 2019

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Listen to Joshua Akavak, 28-Day On-The-Land Camp Coordinator, speak to CBC Qulliq about the program

CBC News & Ilisaqsivik

February 1, 2021

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Wounded Healers

Ilisaqsivik

December 6, 2020

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Tony Back from the Brink

Piksuk Media

February 3, 2012

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