The Qarmaapik House

Year:
2016
Region:
Nunavik
Type:
Laureate
Theme:
Children & Youth, Healing, Health & Wellness
Category:
AIP

Throughout the North, psychosocial problems, coupled with post-traumatic stress, depression, addiction and even incarceration prevent some parents from meeting their children’s needs. Throughout Nunavik, the number of children placed in Youth Protection is rising as a result. The Qarmaapik House, a safe house located in Kangiqsualujjuaq, was awarded $700,000 to develop a collaborative, community-driven project to find culturally appropriate supports for families dealing with these issues. A multidisciplinary team of community health and social service providers, elders, parents, and educators will work together to address the underlying causes of poor parenting. They will provide families and community members with the tools, support and understanding of their role so they can rediscover their capacity to handle crisis situations effectively and tackle the issues behind the crisis.

(Note that this project was a Finalist prior to 2017, when the current 3-tiered prize model was put in place. Their nomination therefore does not correspond to a particular category.)

Nominator: Joë Lance
Executive Assistant to the President, Makivik Corporation
Team:
Hilda Snowball, Mayor, Kangiqsualujjuaq (Team Leader), Alice U. Annanack, Maggie Emudluk Sr., Nancy Etok