On September 10th, Nunavummiut will gather in communities all across Nunavut to show their support for suicide prevention, to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died, comfort those who grieve, and strengthen our connection with each other.
During Embrace Life Day, we remember that we are all united with each other, through shared experiences, sorrow, hope, determination, commitment, and compassion. This year, in keeping with the theme, United for Life, we are inviting all communities to engage in a community-wide handholding circle.
Please take photos or videos of your circle and share them with ELC. We will broadcast them on our website and on our Facebook and twitter accounts to continue to celebrate how much we value life all year long.
In Iqaluit our celebration will take place the afternoon and evening of Saturday, September 10. Events will include information sessions, family oriented outdoor activities, a barbeque, games, our huge community embrace life circle, and a concert in partnership with Alianait. As always, we will host our Embrace Life Day walk, concluding with a healing event at the Elders’ Qammaq. Everyone is invited to attend.
Embrace Life Council has produced a number of resources and information that are available at no cost on our website. You are welcome to use these resources as part of your Embrace Life Day activities or at any other time. We also have hard copies of a variety of resources available from the office. ELC’s resources include:
Embrace Life Council Flag
Many communities carry this large flag to lead their Embrace Life Day walk. Please post it in a prominent place for the remainder of the year in order to promote suicide prevention.
Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention Ribbons
ELC has ordered a number of wearable yellow and orange ribbons for those allied in the prevention of suicide. Request as many as you think you may distribute in your community. As we have a limited amount, these are available on a first come first serve basis.
Community Resource Cards and Pamphlets
Wallet sided resource cards have been developed for each community and distributed to community health centres. Pamphlets were developed with the Canadian Red Cross on issues of suicide prevention, addictions, anger management, teen dating violence, family violence, child abuse, and bullying. The pamphlets are available in all four languages and are also on the website.
“Break the Cycle of Abuse” Videos
This video series depicts three unhealthy relationship scenarios and three corresponding healthy relationship scenarios. The DVDs have been developed to be used by community based counselors and Government of Nunavut staff for education on partner abuse. The videos have also been incorporated into the RespectED training so that participants have tools that are made in Nunavut and are available in English, Inuktitut, and French.
Three posters were designed and developed to address alcohol abuse, cannabis abuse, and solvent abuse. They are also available on our website.
“Bully” Video and Accompanying Text (Alliance Films)
This film documents five children and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of bullying, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14 year old daughter who has been incarcerated after bring a gun on her school bus. This is an excellent resource for educators, parents, and teenagers. It is available in English and French only.
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..
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.
We are honoured to announce that Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council has been named a Champion of Mental Health and awarded the Best Community Organization of 2023 by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health for providing great public service to Nunavummiut experiencing mental illness. Please read the full press release below.
The theme for this year’s contest is Memories! Please see the letter (found at the bottom of this page) for contest details and how to enter. The Mental Health Art Contest is an annual contest for Nunavut residents to create art that is meaningful to themselves, to others, and that inspires wellness in our communities..
September 10th is Embrace Life Day / World Suicide Prevention Day. Every year, the Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatiigit (IIKELC) honours this day with Nunavummiut to acknowledge the lives of our loved ones and to promote life. We would like to remind you that it is important to reach out during both the good and hard times..