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
Since our founding, Ilisaqsivik has launched a number of innovative programs based on community interest and need. In 2001, we developed the North Baffin Suicide Prevention Program in which we trained counsellors from communities across the North Baffin region. In 2002, we developed the Nunavut Wellness Initiative (link to www.nunavutwellness.ca), a network of communities and individuals interested in supporting the expansion of wellness initiatives across Nunavut.
Beginning in 2005, Ilisaqsivik supported the establishment of the Ittaq Cultural Heritage and Research Centre, which purchased a building next door to the Family Resource Centre in 2006. Ilisaqsivik has collaborated with Ittaq to develop local leadership of research and heritage activities, including working with outside researchers to promote Clyde River as a research destination and offer community members the chance to be involved.
In 2006, we partnered with the Ottawa-based Blueprint for Life to offer youth outreach and support through hip hop. Our innovative hip hop program integrates Inuit cultural practices like drum dancing, offers skill-building opportunities and peer and adult support, and teaches about healthy lifestyle choices like avoiding cigarettes, drugs and alcohol.
Ilisaqsivik and Ittaq have collaborated to develop an innovative media training program, teaching Clyde Residents media skills and helping create jobs in the community. In 2009 and 2010, we hosted television and media training programs for Nunavummiut from across the territory.
In 2011, the Government of Nunavut opened the new Piqqusilirivik Cultural School in Clyde River. Ilisaqsivik played an integral role in helping bring Piqqusilirivik to Clyde River, leading the community’s application process to host the school.
With the help of the Government of Nunavut, federal funding agencies, and corporate and foundation supporters, Ilisaqsivik looks forward to continuing to develop innovative programs to meet the needs of community members in Clyde River. We are actively seeking partners and sponsors that are interested in working with the community to support locally defined goals and visions of development and health.
Incorporated as a non-profit, community-based Inuit organization in 1997, Ilisaqsivik Society is dedicated to promoting community wellness in Clyde River, Nunavut. Ilisaqsivik provides resources and programming that enables families and individuals to develop their strengths, contribute to community wellness, and focus on health and healing. Ilisaqsivik strives to support community development and wellness in a way that maintains respect for traditional Inuit teachings and learning and is accountable to the community.
Founded, led, and staffed by Inuit residents of Clyde River, Nunavut, Ilisaqsivik owns and operates the Community Family Resource Centre and Ittaq Heritage and Research Centre. We offer a wide range of culturally based programs that support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of all community residents from infants to Elders. We actively promote Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Knowledge) and Inuuqatigiittiarniq (the healthy inter-connection of mind, body, spirit, and the environment) as a path to healing. We achieve our mission by:
- Providing access to educational, health and nutrition, cultural, and counselling programs.
- Promoting the participation and leadership of Elders in all programs and activities.
- Promoting and demonstrating healthy lifestyle choices, positive attitudes, creativity, and resourcefulness.
- Providing a safe, healthy and accepting place for Clyde River residents to meet.
- Promoting Inuit culture, values, livelihoods, knowledge, language, and traditions in all programs and activities.
P.O. Box 150
Clyde River NU X0A 0E0
Phone: (867) 924-6565
Fax: (867) 924-6570
General email inquiries:
Staff email directory:
Malcolm Ranta, Executive Director