This past summer, despite COVID restrictions, the Ayalik Fund was able to provide potentially life-changing experiences for 14 Inuit youth from Nunavut through on-the-land experiences, which Inuit Quajimajatuqangit (traditional knowledge) affirms are instrumental in “making capable human beings” for the future. Seven boys and seven girls from five different communities in Kivalliq and Kitikmeot participated in two-week canoe trips organized and guided for Ayalik by Jackpine Paddle in Yellowknife.
Besides canoeing and paddling skills, other activities included learning about drumming songs from Dene youth, swimming, group discussions, on-the-land skills such as fishing, fire-building and cooking up the pikes they caught.
The Ayalik Fund is a privately‐funded charitable initiative that gives Inuit youth who would otherwise not have such opportunities a chance to build self‐esteem and confidence through challenging outdoor adventure, meeting other young Canadians, and social‐ cultural exploration. www.AyalikFund.ca