Last week, we co-hosted a meeting with the Aqqiumavvik Society in Arviat to bring Elders together from around Nunavut to discuss the concepts of Inunnguiniq (revitalizing the strengths of Inuit parenting practices) and Aajiqatiginniq (decision making through discussion and consensus) and their application for families today.
The 3-day meeting was funded in part by Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation and was attended by participants in our Inunnguiniq Mentorship Program, Qaujigiartiit staff, NTEP students in Arviat, Aqqiumavvik staff & facilitators and Elders.
On our return to our home communities, we reflect on the knowledge gathered and friends made during the Elder Advisors meeting in Arviat. We also take to heart, the wisdom shared by Elders:
"Show Patience. Help Children Understand. Make them a happy person. We can make a difference if we want."
"I want to talk about healing. If a person can heal, things can be improved. Healing is a big part of our life. It’s very important. If there is a committee, there should be a healing session. After going through healing it’s different, your heart feels light. Elders community committees should all have healing. We all have to heal."
" Children can succeed or stumble. A child can have a successful life, but if they encounter harsh words, it destroys them."
We thank Aqqiumavvik Society for co-hosting the workshop with us, and Makigiaqta Inuit Training Corporation for funding in-part.
Day 2 of our Elder’s Meeting in Arviat as part of our Inunnguiniq Mentorship Program and delivered in partnership with Aqqiumavvik Society in Arviat. Elder’s discussing the meaningful role of Inunnguiniq and Aajiqatiginniq in raising children and supporting families. Photo credit: Aqqiumavvik Society 2021
There are still funds available from the three federal programs that fund community-based climate action projects in Nunavut. These funding programs have a single application process and an on-going proposal intake.
The next proposal submission deadline is Friday, September 3, 2021 at 11:59PM EST.
It’s #mentalhealthweek. We want to take the opportunity to cherish and celebrate the ways Nunavummiut take care of each other in our communities, showing love and acting from the heart. @ Iqaluit, Nunavut https://t.co/OVlSMLpJ4L
Our beautiful seasons are our guide for work and life. @Qaujigiartiit our operations are both formally and informally based on this calendar. New posters and magnets coming soon. Stay tuned! https://t.co/nOGsOPYBih