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
Who We Are
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.
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.
Ten youth from across the Kivalliq region and two youth from Iqaluit spent a week in Iqaluit to attend workshops during IIKELC’s Peer Leadership Program. The youth spent time with special guest speaker Don Burnstick, who facilitated talking circles on a range of topics including Indigenous community healing, sober living and healthy lifestyles, and cyber.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s annual Mental Health Art Contest! We received many beautiful and diverse entries from all over the territory in a multitude of mediums, including poetry, drawings, paintings, reels, photography, and sewing. Thank you to everyone who participated! If you are a winner we will reach out to you directly.
IIKELC is happy to announce our annual Mental Health Art Contest for 2022! Please see below for information, how to enter, prizes and deadlines. We are looking forward to seeing your contributions!