On September 10, 2021, many communities in Nunavut took part in activities to support Suicide Prevention Day/Embrace Life Day. There was a walk to remember loved ones, release of the lantern, community giving out food and drinks for families, and other local recreational activities.
ELC would like to thank the communities for taking lead in their activities. Thank you for comforting and supporting each other. We are here with you. We are proud of all those who helped to make this week possible and came out to support suicide prevention.
The art piece entitled “Guardian of the Community” was developed and created byIsaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council (IIKELC) memberswith the generous help of talented artist, Becky Kilabuk. This image symbolizes a message of Safety, Hope and Support for community members. It acknowledges and identifies trained caregivers and participants who have completed a suicide intervention.
Every month IIKELC is highlighting inspiring and uplifting stories from Nunavummiut across the territory. This month we are proud to celebrate Colby Hickey! Please enjoy his story below… “My name is Colby Hickey. I am 22 years old and I grew up in Iqaluit Nunavut. I am currently working as a Youth Program Facilitator with.
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.