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NDHSD Land Based Outings/Retreats

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Summary of the Initiative

Land Based Programs – such as Youth outing’s, Senior’s Outing’s, Men’s outing’s etc. These outings/retreats not only promote mental wellness and healing , they also connect the groups with the land and the food the land has to offer. Recently we had a group of 12 youth participate in a weekend outing to a camp out of town , who aided with guide in a seal hunt while passing time in the evening. They not only used the land as a healing/mental wellness tool , they also came back and provided supper that evening; a seal that was skinned/cleaned in front of the group , and was later cooked and eaten by the entire group including guides, and helpers.


number of participants, reliable/knowledgeable guides, at times; the lack of support from other departments; mental health. Weather also at times, is a challenge as we have to either reschedule or go ahead with it and trust our guides knowledge .


All the positive feedback, everyone’s own unique stories of the experience, watching the group enjoy the activities and taking their own life’s experiences and sharing one another’s knowledge, tradition, morals and respect.

Traditional Knowledge

Eg. The guides on our outing’s share their own morals and traditions when aiding on these trips. They share that it is not good luck to bring money when going off on the land . They share the Inuit language; teach us everyday tasks etc , they take those outdoor opportunities and turn them into a learning environment for the different age groups. How we gather, hunt, socialize and work together say’s a lot about our Inuit culture. Keeping traditional knowledge of the land, hunting, story telling, etc is very essential to our roots of being Inuit people.

Hopedale NL A0P1G0 Canada

April Ann Lucy

(709) 933-3894

[email protected]

Initiative Timeline

7 Years Left
04/28/2017 05/15/2017

Lead Organization

  • Nunatsiavut Government, Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development (NDHSD)
Other Groups / Organizations
  • Mental Health : Provides counselling etc while on these outing's
Other Collaborators

  • Nanuk Centre- when providing space for community feast’s/gathering’s

Primary Goals

  • to provide educational information on healthy eating, what different food groups promote nutrition in everyday living etc.


  • Short term (up to 1 year)
  • Longer Term (over 1 year)

Funding Sources

  • Violence Prevention Initiative
  • Mental wellness/healing