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…
“I have faced many adversities in my life. I have overcome the death of my best friend and my father,
who both passed away within a year of each other. What has helped me through those times is
acknowledging that it is okay to feel and express them. Suppressing and bottling up your feeling can
cause so many other issues. It has never been the case before attending school for Social Work. I
learned about who I was and what I hold dear.
When my father passed away, it shook me to the core, but I know he is proud of my work and will
continue to do so. The love and support I have received from my family and closest friends have
motivated me to continue. We are here to create a legacy for our children and our community. This
thought has guided me to be my true authentic self.
My family’s unwavering support and love motivate me to keep progressing. I am driven to establish a
legacy that fills my family with a deep sense of pride. I now embrace a broader perspective because my
existence extends beyond personal aspirations. I strive to contribute meaningfully to the greater picture.
I must shift my mindset towards safeguarding and pursuing healing for all to fulfill this purpose. By doing
so, I can actively work towards creating a better future and leaving a positive impact on the lives of
I don’t know who will need to hear this, but is it okay to set boundaries and protect yourself. You are
never too young, old, or far gone to try to better yourself.”
– Kendall Aknavigak, Cambridge Bay