Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and Making Connections are teaming up to offer Makimautiksat in Pangnirtung this week!

July 16, 2013

Look for Ceporah and Tina Mary in town and check out the camp!

What is the Makimautiksat Wellness and Empowerment Camp?

Makimautiksat is a community- and land-based camp program for Nunavut youth aged 10-14 yrs developed by Nunavummiut for Nunavummiut. Makimautiksat means 'building a foundation within one's self' and the program focuses on skill development, creativity, joy, arts, the land, emotional health, pride in identity & connection to community.

We developed the model for the camp which rests on 8 learning modules - we have titled the camp model the “Eight Ujarait/Rocks Model” to symbolize the way we envision the 8 modules providing the solid stone foundation of skills and knowledge upon which young people can build their lives.

The 8 modules focus on topics highlighted by youth, parents/guardians, grandparents and youth workers as important in achieving and maintaining a strong sense of self. The learning modules include the following:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Improving Coping Skills
  • Increasing Awareness of the Body, Movement & Nutrition
  • Exploring Creativity
  • Increasing Self-Esteem
  • Self Discovery and Future Planning
  • Promoting Healthy Choices (Tackling Peer Pressure & Substance Abuse)
  • Celebrating Inuit Culture. 

Secondly, the model has been used as the foundation on which to build a curriculum and series of activities for the camp. This curriculum incorporates a number of ways of learning, including group discussions, individual reflection, observational learning, activity-based learning, and role-playing. The curriculum includes celebrating the arts and creativity, teachings from Elders, practicing of skills, and, most importantly, having fun! The spirit of the camp is one of inclusion, acceptance, the celebration of diversity, and the empowerment of youth.

The 10-day camp program includes both community-based and on-the-land components. The first 7 days are spent in the community, the last 2 full days and nights are spent on the land - or longer depending on how the facilitators would like to implement the program. The camp concludes with a graduation celebration that is open to the whole community.

The involvement of healthy role models is a core component of the camp. Role models include youth mentors, Elders, and community members sharing their wisdom and experiences related to the topics in the learning modules. Several activities are included in the modules, such as role-playing, story-telling, games, preparing nutritious meals, photography, and more. The land camp program focuses on celebrating Inuit culture and the campers learn about harvesting foods, living on the land and learning from elders and community members about local and regional history.

For more information contact Ceporah Mearns, our Youth Research Coordinaor at ceporah.mearns@qhrc.ca our 867 975 2526.