Guardian of the Community ᓇᐅᑦᑎᕐᓱᖅᑎ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᑦ

February 21, 2024

The art piece entitled “Guardian of the Community” was developed and created by
Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council (IIKELC) members
with 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 workshop delivered by IIKELC.

ᓴᓇᐅᒐᖅ ᑕᐃᔭᐅᓪᓗᓂᒃ ᐃᒫᒃ “ᓇᐅᑦᑎᕐᓱᖅᑎ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᑦ” ᓴᓇᔭᐅᓂᑯᒃ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑕᐅᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᙵᑦ ᐃᓴᒃᓯᒪᒋᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᓐᓂᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᖃᙳᐊᑕᕐᓯᓇᖅᑐᑎᒃ
ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑎᓪᓚᕆᐊᓗᒻᒥᒃ, ᕕᐊᑭ ᕿᓚᕝᕙᕐᒥᑦ.  

ᑖᓐᓇ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑕᖅ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᖁᔨᓪᓗᑎᒃ ᐃᒫᒃ ᐊᑦᑕᓇᙱᑦᑐᒥᒃ, ᓂᕆᐅᓇᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᔅᓴᑕᖃᕐᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓄᑦ. ᓇᓗᓇᐃᕐᓯᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᖃᐅᔨᑎᑦᑎᓪᓗᓂᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᑲᒪᔨᑕᖃᕐᖓᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᓚᒋᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᐱᔭᕇᕐᓯᓯᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᓴᐱᓕᕈᒪᕙᑦᑐᓂᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑎᐅᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᑎᑦᑎᒍᑎᒋᓯᒪᔭᖓᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᑦ.

The Guardian of the Community artwork is placed on a variety of swag items that IIKELC will provide to individuals trained in suicide intervention as a way to identify them.

Message – When community members recognize this imagery, it is with the hope that the following messages will be represented:

Symbolism explained:

The People:

The people represent the communities of Nunavut, providing support and showing the interconnectedness of families, friends, acquaintances, and community stakeholders working together in the spirit of embracing life. 

The Ukpik/Snowy Owl:

A true representation of the land, peace, patience, health, nobility, ambition, creativity, independence, dignity, leadership and also accessibility when needed, regardless of the time of day.

Three Paunnait/Fireweed Flowers:

Fireweed can be found in all three Nunavut Regions; Kitikmeot, Kivalliq, and Qikiqtaaluk. The flowers portray beauty and resilience within each of the region’s communities.

The Blue Sky:

Blue is calming to the eye and brings a message of cheerfulness, confidence, truth, stability, faith, intellect and consciousness. This represents the variations of the Arctic skies throughout the seasons.

ᓇᐅᑦᑎᕐᓱᖅᑎ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᑦ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᓂᖓ ᐃᓕᔭᐅᓯᒪᔪᖅ ᑭᓱᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓂᑦ ᑕᑯᔅᓴᐅᒋᐊᒃᑲᓐᓂᕈᑎᖏᓂᒃ ᐃᓴᒃᓯᒪᒋᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᒃᑯᑦ ᑐᓂᖃᑦᑕᓂᐊᖅᑕᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᑭᒃᑯᑐᐃᓐᓇᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖃᑕᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓯᒪᔪᓄᑦ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᓴᐱᓕᕈᒪᔪᓂᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖃᑦᑕᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᑕᐃᒫᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᓂᐊᕐᖓᑕ ᑭᒃᑰᒻᒪᖔᑕ.

ᑐᓴᐅᒪᔭᐅᖁᔭᖓ – ᓄᓇᓖᑦ ᐃᓕᓴᕐᓯᒐᐃᑉᐸᑕ ᑖᔅᓱᒥᖓ ᑎᑎᖅᑐᒐᖅᑕᐅᓯᒪᔪᒥᒃ, ᓂᕆᐅᓇᖅᑐᖅ ᐅᑯᐊ ᐃᒫᒃ ᐃᓱᒪᒋᔭᐅᖃᑦᑕᕐᓂᐊᕆᐊᖏᑕ ᑐᓴᐅᒪᔭᐅᖁᔭᖏᑦ:  

ᓇᓗᓇᐃᒃᑯᑕᖅ ᖃᓄᖅ ᑐᑭᖃᕐᒪᖔᖅ:


ᐃᓄᖏᑦ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᓖᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥᐅᓂᑦ, ᐃᑲᔪᕐᐸᑦᑐᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑕᑯᖅᑯᔾᔨᔪᑦ ᑲᓲᒪᖃᑦᑕᐅᑎᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐃᓚᒌᑦ, ᐱᖃᑎᒌᑦ, ᖃᐅᔾᔨᑎᒌᑦ, ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᑦ ᐊᑑᑎᕕᐅᖃᑕᐅᕙᑦᑐᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᑦᑐᑎᒃ ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᖏᕐᓯᒪᓂᕐᒧᑦ. 

ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᒃᐱᔾᔪᐊᖅ:

ᑐᑭᓪᓚᑦᑖᖓ ᐱᔾᔪᑎᓕᒃ ᓄᓇᒥᒃ, ᓴᐃᒪᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᕿᓄᐃᓵᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᐃᓅᓯᕐᒥᒃ, ᐱᕕᐊᕐᓇᖅᑑᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᑲᑦᑐᖓᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᓴᓇᔪᓐᓇᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᓇᒻᒥᓂᕐᓱᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᓂᑲᓇᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎᐅᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᖃᑦᑕᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᑭᙴᒪᔭᐅᒐᐃᒻᒪᑦ, ᖃᖓᑐᐃᓐᓇᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᑲᑦ.

ᐱᖓᓱᑦ ᐸᐅᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᕋᐃᑦ:

ᐸᐅᓐᓇᐃᑦ ᓇᒥᑐᐃᓐᓈᓲᖑᒻᒪᑕ ᑕᑯᔭᔅᓴᐅᕙᑦᑐᑎᒃ ᐃᓘᓐᓇᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐊᕕᑦᑐᕐᓯᒪᓂᖏᓐᓂᒃ; ᕿᑎᕐᒥᐅᑦ, ᑭᕙᓪᓕᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒃ. ᓄᓇᕋᐃᑦ ᑕᑯᔅᓴᐅᑎᑦᑎᔪᑦ ᐱᐅᓂᖓᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᒪᑭᑕᒍᓐᓇᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᑐᓂᑦ ᐱᖓᓱᓂᑦ ᐊᕕᑦᑐᕐᓯᒪᓂᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂᑦ. 

ᑐᖑᔪᖅᑐᖅ ᓯᓚ:

ᑐᖑᔪᕐᓂᖓ ᓴᐃᒻᒪᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᑕᑯᓪᓗᒍ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᖃᐅᔨᓇᖅᑐᓂ ᐃᒫᒃ ᖁᕕᐊᓇᕐᓂᖓᓂ, ᖃᐅᔨᒪᑦᑎᐊᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᓱᓕᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᒪᑭᑕᑦᑎᐊᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᑕᑎᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥᒃ, ᑐᑭᓯᐅᒪᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐅᔾᔨᕈᓱᓐᓂᕐᒥᒃ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᑐᑭᓕᒃ ᐊᔾᔨᒌᙱᑐᒡᒍᑎᓂᑦ ᐅᑭᐅᖅᑕᖅᑑᑉ ᓯᓚᒋᕙᑦᑕᖓᓂᒃ ᑕᖅᑭᕆᕙᑦᑕᖏᓐᓂᒃ.

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