Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqaatigiit Embrace Life Council (IIKELC) is a non-profit organization established in 2004 through collaborative efforts and partnerships with the Government of Nunavut, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Royal Mounted Police Service and many communities service-based providers.

Our headquarters office is located in Iqaluit with regional offices in Rankin Inlet and in Cambridge Bay.

ELC’s mandates, strengths, and concerted efforts in helping to address the high rates of suicide in Nunavut are community driven through the Inuit Qaujimajatungagit (Inuit Guiding Principles).

What We Do

Artwork by Kenojuak Ashevak.

Who We Are

Artwork by Pitaloosie Saila.

Action Plan

Embrace Life Council Action Plan artwork.

Suicide in Nunavut is highest amongst Inuit youth, particularly young Inuit males. We are determined to fight this. Every year on September 10 we recognize World Suicide Prevention Day / Embrace Life Day across Nunavut. Please contact us if you require more information.

Annual Reports

Job Opportunities

We invite you to take a look at our current employment opportunities. Join us and work with communities and partners to provide important resources and services. We care about our community and are here to help both youth affected by suicide as well as front line workers trying to make a difference in our community.

Latest News


Inspiring Nunavummiuq of the Month – Meet Geela Saviakjuk

Every month IIKELC is highlighting inspiring and uplifting stories from Nunavummiut across the territory. This month we are proud to celebrate Kendall Aknavigak! Please enjoy her story below… My name is Geela Saviakjuk and I am from Rankin Inlet. I believe leadership is about inspiring others and leading by example to reach a common goal..

October 19, 2023

Youth Peer Leadership 2023

Applications for this year’s Youth Peer Leadership program are now open! Youth ages 19-25 in all Qikiqtani communities can now apply for the Youth Peer Leadership Program. Successful applicants will travel to Iqaluit from November 29- December 1, 2023. You can find more details about this program as well as the application forms at the bottom.

September 13, 2023

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