Clara’s Big Ride is our Big Deal!

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Chair’s Message What impressed me when six time Olympic medalist, Clara Hughes entered the school gymnasium, at Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit was how easily and naturally she connected with the 300 Kids in the school gymnasium and how just how easily she engaged them what is still for many, a difficult and stigmatized topic -mental health. Iqaluit and Northern Canada were roughly the halfway point on the Bell Canada sponsored Clara’s Big Ride”, a cycling journey of more than 12 thousand kilometers and 110 days across all of Canada to raise awareness on mental health to remind all of …

Thank You – Cambridge Girls’ Choir

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The Arctic Children and Youth Foundation would like to thank the Cambridge Girls’ Choir for its generous donation and support. Over the last couple of years the choir has hosted a benefit choral evening that included several choirs in support of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation. The choirs involved with the events included: Cambridge Girls’ Choir Clemens Mill Intermediate Choir Knox Youth Choir Good Hearted Women’s Singers St. James Youth Choir Through their collaborative music experience they work to build community and raise awareness for the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation. A donation in the amount of $1000.00 was …

Are Social Issues In Arctic Canada More Serious Than We Realize Or Are Ready to Admit To?

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Myself, our staff and Board find the results of a report, Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking in Nunavut, most disturbing. This report, that really appears to only touch the surface of a wider and even more disturbing sexual exploitation of Inuit in Canada, both in the north and South, particularly children. This report should not be another- one day flash in the pan story in the northern daily news cycles. It should and must serve as a call to action by individuals, organizations and governments at all levels. To Its credit, Pauktuutit, the national woman’s organization, was a …

Playing to Strength – What has been happening…….

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Between September – December Arctic Children and Youth Foundation (ACYF) Staff traveled to 3 regions to present a power point presentation to youth in grades 11-­‐12. Communities visited included Nain, Inuvik, and Rankin Inlet. A presentation was also given to the first year Nunavut Sivuniksavut students here in Ottawa. Due to weather our visit to Kuujjuaq was completed in January 2013. We were able to speak with over 145 youth in each of these communities. October 2012 two new staff members were hired for the Playing to Strength Project, Stephanie Etuangat, Project Assistant and Jess Tagoona, Web/Forum designer. Click here …

Arctic Children and Youth Chairman message, Playing to strength

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Whit Fraser  I am pleased to say Our Foundation is embarking on an exciting new program “Playing to Strength” that we believe will make a difference in the lives of Arctic Children and Youth, and the northern community in general. “ Playing to Strength”,gives the Foundation a morefocused approach than we have had in the past and we are delighted that the Government of Canada through the Department of Human Resources and Skills development has committed to invest five hundred thousand dollars into the program over the next three years. The program will be a moderated and accountable arctic wide, …