In January, the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund donated $22,000 to the Canadian Canoe Foundation and the Ayalik Fund’s programs. For the past seven years, the Ayalik Fund has been providing experiences for Inuit youth. The Canadian Canoe Foundation has been a partner in support of these programs since 2018. The Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund provides grants to community-based mental health organizations and initiatives throughout the country working to provide opportunities for young people to live better lives.
The Ayalik Fund’s mandate is to give Inuit youth from Nunavut who would otherwise not have such opportunities a chance to build self-esteem and confidence through challenging outdoor experiences like canoe trips, meeting other young Canadians, and social- cultural exploration.
In the summer of 2022, three major canoe trips sponsored by the Canadian Canoe Foundation and the Ayalik Fund will provide opportunities for 25 Inuit youth, ages 14 to 17. Youth participants for these trips are selected from communities across Nunavut, with a view to supporting those facing life challenges, who may be experiencing difficult circumstances.