BLOG: SUPER SOCCER: why I love it and how you can do it too! -Naja

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I started playing soccer when I was 7 years old. I went to super soccer for the first time April 2015. 5 Things I like about super soccer It’s a good experience . You get to travel. You get to learn how to be a team. You learn new stuff. You meet new people   5 Ways to get to Super Soccer Attend every practice: (We did scrimmages, we practiced games and the coaches would critique us on our game to help make us better soccer players) U have to be a team player: (We gave each other  advise when we …

BLOG: New pool in Iqaluit!! Better then dead dog lake! – Eden

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    New pool expected to open end of 2016!  Who’s excited for the pool? I know I am! I think that the new pool is going to be awesome because I love to swim, I have been swimming for a while I did swimming lessons in Ottawa for 2 years but started off in level 4 and I also did swimming lessons at a lake for a summer. My most exciting swimming activity I took part in was synchronized swimming! I did this in Ottawa before moving to Iqaluit; at the end of the season we did a water …

 BLOG: TOP FIVE SOCIAL MEDIA SITES – Julie

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The number one social media site is currently Facebook “Facebook is an accepted means of communication. It is a never-ending virtual social gathering filled with adopted puppies, cute LOL kitties, baby announcements, viral articles and videos, events, groups, organizations and fan pages.” Next up is twitter The name for Twitter was originally “twttr” 69% of follows on twitter are suggested by friends 91% of 18-34 year olds using social media are talking about brands Next there’s Linked in Linked in is manly used by business workers. It connects with old clients and potential clients. The fact about linked in is …

Depression

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I think a common misconception people have about depression is that it’s feeling sad- all the time. While this is certainly a part of it, often times depression presents itself in many ways other than just feeling sad constantly. Depression is many things- it’s feeling hopeless, sad, tired, exhausted and void of any emotions at all. It’s the feeling of not being able to accomplish anything, or the feeling that you can’t even pull yourself out of bed in the morning. It’s when you burst into tears just because you burnt your breakfast. Sometimes, it even presents itself as physical …

The Jack Summit

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Recently, I found myself being one of 200 delegates chosen to attend a conference in Toronto to discuss the stigma around mental health, and most importantly; how to get rid of it. The Jack Summit, as the conference is called, is held yearly. This year, 200 youths and young adults from around Canada met in Toronto, and 500 students from around Canada joined us from satellite summits. All 700 of us met with one common goal: to transform the way we think about mental health. Here in Canada, the stigma around mental health is still strong, and society as a …

Playing to Strength – Coping with Anxiety (Kiyanna)

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Many people in their life will experience some form of anxiety or nerves- it’s a fact of life. Whether it’s stage fright, being nervous about asking somebody out, or feeling jittery about your first job interview, everybody feels it. However, there are people who will experience anxiety in a whole new way- in the form of a disorder. Around 20% of people in Canada will, at some point in their lives, experience a mental illness, and about 5% will have a form of anxiety disorder that will cause impairment (as according to cmha.ca). What many people suffering from anxiety do …

It’s a new year!

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Happy New Year to all, best wishes for 2015! ACYF Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank all of our donors, and sponsors who have helped us throughout 2014. Your donations help us to continue to work for the Children and Youth in Arctic Canada, giving equal opportunities.   Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Board Member?  (Click here for more Info) -PDF What do we have on the go at ACYF? Playing to Strength, is an online discussion forum for youth – currently weare working on a new look for this which will look more like …

Umingmak Child and Youth Protection Center

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The Board of Directors and Staff of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation are pleased to announce that we are the recipients of a contribution from the Victims Fund with the Department of Justice Canada, Programs Branch. This contribution will allow us over the next two fiscal years, to move forward with assessing the need and feasibility of a “Child and Youth Advocacy Center” in Nunavut. This project has been named “Umingmak Child and Youth Protection Center”. Here you will find more information on the “Umingmak Child and Youth Protection Center, outlining what this center is, stages in our work plan, …

A thank you to Mr. David Joanasie!

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The Board of Directors and Staff of ACYF would like to thank Nunavut MLA for South Baffin (Cape Dorset/Kimmirut) Mr. David Joanasie for his generous donation. This donation will be use for future programs to encourage health lifestyle choices for our children and youth. The goal of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation is to continue to make a difference in the lives of the children and youth across Canada’s Arctic. With the help of donations from supporters such as Mr. Joanasie we are able to move forward with our mandate and objectives. For more information on ACYF or if …