Community projects funding program

Since 2011, Saturviit has made available up to $3,000 for each Nunavik community, including Inuit communities in southern Quebec, for actions that make women’s lives better.  Projects can be for activities that raise awareness, that promote equality between men and women, that encourage healthy life styles, or other positive actions.

To apply to the Community projects funding program, complete the application form and send it by fax (819 988 2168), mail (P.O. box 402, Inukjuak, Qc, J0M 1M0) or email (executive@saturviit.ca). An activity report will be expected at the end of the project.

SOME PROJECTS FUNDED DURING THE LAST YEARS:

In 2016:

  • In Puvirnituq, Saturviit contributed to a summer camp started on June 22 2016 for a period of 6 weeks. Meant for young girls between the age of 14 and 18 years old, this summer camp proposed activities during the evenings and provided a safe environment where they could share their personal stories and experiences and receive support from the educators. Different subjects were discussed during the 6 weeks including self-esteem, bullying, healthy lifestyle and healthy relationships, suicide, abuse, sexuality, teen pregnancy, and intergenerational relationships. Around 15 girls participated to the daily activities.

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  • In 2016, Saturviit also contributed to a suicide prevention project that took place on June 14 in Aupaluk and on June 16 in Tasiujaq and reached 200 participants including 110 women and girls. Popular Nunavik singer Jaaji Okpik and his partner Chelsey June were featured during local music festivals and offered music workshops and a conference about self-esteem and self-care in order to prevent suicide amongst the youth. While inspiring youth and fostering healthy relationship between them, these activities gave the opportunity to students and members of the community to show their talents as well.

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In 2014:

  • In Inukjuak, the Youth Employement Service (YES) organized a Youth exchange with the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi in Montreal. Eighteen youth from Inukjuak and Montreal had the chance to participate to this youth exchange in March and April.

Sans titreThis cultural exchange project involved women as a group of participants and Inukjuak women partnered and contributed in the project activities. Through this project, local women were hired to provide workshops as a means to promote traditional activities to the participant taking part in the exchange ( Northern and Southern). The activities included the hosting of sewing workshop, where a local woman was hired to give instruction for the whole day. Furthermore, the young women benefited from a traditional throat singing workshop that was also provided by two local women who were hired for the purpose of the activity. Finally, one local woman was hired to supply bannick during the traditional diner. Furthermore, by taking part in the whole exchange activities, young women got to understand better their historical and cultural background, while getting a better grounding of who they are, and as a result acquired self-confidence and a better understanding of life opportunities that lay ahead for them, to lead to a successful life.

  • The municipality of Akulivik organized boat outings with single mothers and their children in late August 2014. They went fishing and berry picking on adjacent islands while passing on these crucial skills and fun activities to their children. The funding was used to rent a canoe and buy gas.
  • The municipality of Kuujjuaq organized between March and September 2014 several sewing workshops where women could learn certain traditional techniques (embroidery and especially beading) from their elders. The funding was used to pay the activity leaders and buy sewing materials.
  • The municipality of Kangiqsualujjuaq held sewing workshops in fall 2014 where women could learn how to sew traditional sealskin kamiik. Local elders animated the workshop and transmitted their knowledge to younger women.

 

In 2013:

  • In Quaqtaq, Uuivvamiut Cultural Committee organized traditional sewing lessons for young mothers: making parkas, beading and kamiik-making, from Feb. 11 to March 4, 2013.
  • In Inukjuak, a group of mothers organized a program for youth to spend time with elders, hearing their stories and advice about family, respect, lifestyle choices, views on bullying, sharing, parenting, and other topics. The activity was held in Feb. 2013.
  • School and women’s group in every community were invited to plan events around International Children’s Day, Nov. 20 2013. Ten communities participated.