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Sivumut: Toward the Future
Leadership Training Workshops across Nunavik
Saturviit Inuit Women’s Association of Nunavik is pleased to invite Nunavik women to participate in Sivumut: Toward the future, Leadership Training for Women in their communities. Leadership training is a five-day workshop designed to support women who want to get involved in their community or region by introducing them to special tools for building self-confidence, healing, communication skills, healthy relationships, leadership skills, and personal finance knowledge. The program enables women to learn from other Inuit women, to share personal experiences and concerns, and to learn collectively about their own areas of interest and about their community’s goals. Participants also have the opportunity to meet in the evenings for sewing and to watch videos about the political history of Nunavik and about Inuit women leaders.
Leadership training was held in each community of the Hudson Coast in 2017.
Then in the winter and spring of 2018, eight more workshops were held in the Hudson Straight and Ungava regions.
Future leadership training workshops will be announced in 2019.
May 8 to 13, 2018
The Aupaluk leadership workshop was held in the Sewing Center. Six women participated. Susie Oningnak was the trainer and Louisa Grey Eetook was the trainer’s assistant. The women participated in the leadership training activities and exercises, watched Saturviit videos, and took time to brainstorm as a group. There were also opportunities to continue discussions over social activities and engage in some self-care breaks.
April 23 to 27, 2018
The trainer for this workshop was Louisa Whiteley-Tukkiapik and Martha Annanack Angnatuk was the assistant. 5 women participated in this workshop which took place at the Iqaluppik Hotel conference room. Several guests came to discuss topics such as mutual respect and communication in building healthy relationships, leadership opportunities in the community, and how to put together a project proposal.
April 9 to 13, 2018
The Kangiqsujuaq leadership workshop took place in the municipality’s gymnasium conference room with 9 participants, and Annie Tertiluk leading the training with Attasie Qarisaq as the assistant. During various activities, the participants discussed leadership from a woman’s perspective, and elders also joined the group to share and discuss various issues. Secretary-Treasurer Pasa Kiatainaq visited the group during a session on finance and budgeting. The group celebrated with a festive dinner together to close the workshop.
March 19 to 23, 2018
The Kangiqsualujjuaq leadership training was held in Qarmaapik House and was hosted by Nancy Etok with 14 participants and an assistant, Saladie Snowball. Nancy organized dynamic activities for the participants, and Mayor Hilda Snowball also joined them on Day 2. While discussion topics over the 5 days ranged from family violence, healthy relationships and drug abuse, this group of younger participants also focused on building skills such as self-promotion, confidence and interpersonal skills and together they developed a collective project budget. The participants also produced a beautiful collective art project, and they have continued to work together after the training to develop future community projects.
March 19 to 23, 2018
The Kuujjuaq leadership training was hosted by Lisa Koperqualuk. 10 women participated. The video of Mary Simon’s speech was thought-provoking, and Lisa worked on specific leadership skills and public speaking exercises with the participants. Many topics were discussed including drug abuse, leadership, Nunavik history, finance and budgeting, and balancing work and family life.
March 20 to 23, 2018
Annie Tertiluk was the trainer for the Quaqtaq leadership workshop where 5 community members participated. Annie Arnatuk, President of Saturviit, led presentations on family violence and healthy relationships. Lucie Kritik, Assistant NV Secretary-Treasurer, came on the Thursday to help with money management and budgeting. Elder Louisa Kulula came for 3 days to share her experience and spend time with the women. For the festive dinner, 2 cooks prepared a wonderful meal for participants and guests.
March 5 to 9, 2018
The Kangirsuk workshop was facilitated by Annie Tertiluk with Eema Munick as the Assistant. 13 women participated and it was hosted in the Northern Village Conference room. Joseph Annahatak, NV Secretary Treasurer, shared his expertise about budgeting and finance. Jeannie Nungak discussed social issues with the participants, and other community member elders were also invited to join the training, including Saturviit’s Vice-President, Mary Thomassie. On the last day the participants held a festive closing dinner.
February 21 to 23, 2018
The Salluit leadership training was facilitated by Annie Tertiluk and assisted by Caroline Hervé. It took place in the Coop hotel conference room, and 9 women participated in the workshop. Susie Alaku, Salluit’s municipal Secretary-Treasurer, assisted one day with her expertise on finance and budgeting. A festive dinner was planned and cooked together on the last day.
March 13 to 17, 2017
Ivujivik leadership training was facilitated by Harriet Keleutak and Rhoda Cookie. It took place at the school and brought together 8 women. Most of them were teachers. Maata Qitsualuk came as guest speaker and talked about addictions and family violence. Women decided to start a sewing workshop to learn how to make kamiik.
March 6 to 10, 2017
Akulivik leadership training was facilitated by Harriet Keleutak and Rhoda Cookie. It took place at the CLSC. Two blizzards and some withdrawals slowed down the progress of the training. As a result, only 4 women participated in the training.
February 27 to March 3, 2017
Inukjuak leadership training was facilitated by Harriet Keleutak and Rhoda Cookie. It took place at the Adult Education Centre and 9 women participated. Siasi Irqumia (Nunalituqait Ikajuqatigitut) came to talk about addiction issues and family violence. During the training, women met some researchers from the project “Living in Northern Quebec” with whom they talked about housing issues. Participants expressed their wish to organize a dance class to encourage wellbeing and body-awareness.
February 13 to 17, 2017
Kuujjuaraapik leadership training was facilitated by Harriet Keleutak and Rhoda Cookie. It took place at the family house and 18 women of all ages participated. Emily Aragutak came to talk about family violence and Louisa Cookie-Brown talked about addictions. Two projects were designed during this training. The first one is to offer a traditional summertime camp with the aim of providing opportunities for people who do not usually have access to camping equipment as a way to reinforce the language, the transmission of knowledge with elders, and cultural pride. The second project consists in setting up a throat singing workshop with the aim of producing a documentary on this rich cultural practice.
February 6 to 10, 2017
Umiujaq leadership training was facilitated by Harriet Keleutak and Rhoda Cookie. It was held at the school and 9 women participated. Lucy Kumarluk came to talk about family violence and addiction issues. During the training, women developed 2 projects: a volunteer project with the local Church and the creation of a support group for people who are dealing with addiction or abuse issues who are willing to heal.
January 30 to February 3, 2017
The Puvirnituq session was facilitated by Harriet Keleutak and Caroline Hervé. It took place at the Adult Education Centre and 7 women participated. Guest speakers were Maina Beaulne and Nellie Napartuk, from Promotion and Prevention program (Inuulitsivik). Annie Tulugak was the local leader invited. During the training, women choose to develop a gym class to encourage women’s wellbeing. This project is supposed to be organized during the summer of 2017.
July 17 to 22, 2016
Montreal leadership training was facilitated by Lisa Koperqualuk. We had 5 women participate who are originally from Nunavik and living in Montreal. The training took place at Ivirtivik center. Our guest speakers were Barbara Sevigny from Mamisarvik Centre (Ottawa), who talked about family violence, and Ashley Norton, from the Montreal Native Shelter, who talked about addictions. During this session, women decided to develop a sewing workshop to encourage Inuit women living in Montreal to meet and share traditional knowledge.