Ilisaqsivik Society

Ilisaqsivik Society is a non-profit, community initiated and community-based Inuit organization in Clyde River, Nunavut, dedicated to promoting community wellness. It is founded, led, and staffed by Inuit community residents. The Society owns and operates the Ilisaqsivik Community Wellness Centre, which is dedicated to promoting community wellness, and to providing space, resources, and programming that enables community members to heal and develop their strengths.

Core Capacity, Organizational Stability, and Sustainability: Ilisaqsivik is a leading employer and Inuit training organization in Nunavut. They have developed and currently host the following formalized Inuit training programs:

  • Our Lifes Journey Inuit Counsellor Training Program
  • Trauma, Addictions, Critical Incident Debrief Training for Inuit Counsellors
  • Money Management, Stress Management, Communications at work and at home
  • Community Wellness Coordinator Training
  • Group Facilitation and Facilitator Training

They also provide dynamic on the job training and informal training in many areas, including (but not limited to):

  • Administration
  • Librarian
  • Project Development, Coordination, Administration
  • Human Resource Training
  • Etc.

With over 120 full, part time and casual Inuit staff throughout the year, Ilisaqsivik Society is the largest employer of Inuit in Clyde River. In fact, over the course of a year, they employ over 20% of the adult Inuit population in Clyde River. In addition, they are often the first paid job for many Inuit in Clyde River. Past employees often move on to work for the Health Centre, School, Hamlet, Government, and other jobs. On any given payroll, Ilisaqsivik has between 40 and 60 Inuit staff. Between 20 and 30 of these employees are full time, and the rest are part time and casual.

In addition to its not-for-profit work, Ilisaqsivik has created and owns a for-profit business called Tukumaaq Inc. that operates Naujaaraaluit Hotel, which opened for business in August 2015.

Ilisaqsivik is a Canadian charity and a Nunavut society controlled by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of Inuit residents of Clyde River. Ilisaqsivik has a reputation for transparency, accountability, and for delivering high quality programming. The Society has recently been recognized through three national awards including, the 2010 Kaiser Foundation National Mental Health and Addictions Award, the 2011 Tides Canada Top 10 award, and the 2012 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award.

Ilisaqsivik demonstrates effective community leadership, offering a wide range of community-based and culturally-based programs that support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of all community residents from infants to Elders. They actively promote Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit knowledge) and Inuuqatigiittiarniq (”the healthy inter-connection of mind, body, spirit and the environment”) as a path to healing. Ilisaqsivik achieves its mission by:

  • Providing access to educational, health and nutrition, cultural and counseling programs;
  • Promoting the participation and leadership of Elders in all programs and activities;
  • Promoting and demonstrating healthy lifestyle choices, positive attitudes, creativity and resourcefulness;
  • Providing a safe, healthy and accepting place for Clyde River residents to meet;
  • Promoting Inuit culture, values, livelihoods, knowledge, language, and traditions in all programs and activities.

Examples of programs coordinated by Ilisaqsivik include:

  • Healing and Cultural
  • Community Library
  • Community Breakfast Program
  • Men’s Healing Group
  • Women’s Healing Group
  • Alcohol and Drug Program
  • Wellness and Counselling Programs
  • Harm Reduction
  • Travelling Trauma and Healing Team
  • Telephone Counselling
  • Inuit Societal Values Program
  • Community Justice Programming
  • Elders Programing
  • Youth Programs (including youth drop in and land based programs)
  • Community Fitness and Diabetes Education and prevention program
  • Land-Based Healing and Cultural retreats

Professional and Personal Development Training

  • Addiction and Trauma Counselling Accredited Training
  • Community Wellness Coordinator Training
  • Self care
  • Parenting
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Skills (money management, stress management, communication)
  • Health from Sexual Abuse
  • Suicide prevention
  • Anger Management
  • Harvesting and Traditional Land Based Skills
  • Music
  • Plant Identification and Use
  • Nutrition
  • Dance
  • IQ Workshops
  • Project Coordination and Administration
  • Librarian
  • Computer and Information Systems Technology
  • Children’s Teacher
  • Community Computer and Internet Access Site

Children’s Programming

  • After School Program
  • Inuktitut Literacy
  • Preschool
  • Parent Support Group
  • Moms And Tots
  • Home Visits
  • Special Needs Tutor
  • Weekly Parenting Support Radio Show

Other Community Initiatives

  • Community Internet Provider
  • Community Media Centre
  • Film and Television Production
  • Heritage Programs

Contact information

Malcolm Ranta
Email: malcolm@ilisaqsivik.ca
Phone: 867-924-6565