ᑲᒪᔩᑦ (Kamajiit) Program

Children in school
Year:
2019
Region:
Nunavut
Type:
Laureate
Theme:
Children & Youth, Food security, Skills development
Category:
AIP

Studies have shown that food and housing security, along with a connection to one’s cultural identity, can improve high school drop-out rates and decrease suicide rates. The ᑲᒪᔩᑦ (Kamajiit) Program was awarded $450,000 to fund before and after school art and creativity programs in three communities in Nunavut. The program will offer youth access to healthy food, hygiene products, showers and laundry facilities, as well as hands-on creative activities grounded in Inuit culture and language. The art therapy-style sessions will teach self-expression, exploration and pride through creative activities. Youth will also have access to mentors and local job opportunities.

Nominator: Michael Gordon
Director General, Kativik Regional Government
Team:
Susan Aglukark (Team Leader), Andrew Gentile, Elizabeth Gordon, Hovak Johnston, Mikka Komaksiutiksak, Ulrike Komaksiutiksak, Jesse Tungilik