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Expanding the evidence-based Inunnguiniq Childrearing Program and Makimautiksat Youth Camp Programs to Early Childhood Educators and Community Members in Nunavut through training model and curriculum development

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Funding Sources: National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy - Regional Innovation Fund
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Summary of the Initiative

The Inunnguiniq Parenting/Childrearing Program is the only evidence-based program in Nunavut that is founded in Inuit values and philosophy related to childrearing. The Inunnguiniq Program was developed and piloted over 5 years between 2010-2015, and launched in Nunavut in 2015. Since 2010, almost 300 Nunavummiut have been trained as facilitators in the program. The successes from the program have been numerous.

The project proposed to support ECE workers through the development of a training model and certification in the evidence-based Inunnguiniq Childrearing Program developed by Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre.

The Makimautiksat Camp Program was initially developed as a 2-week camp program that is delivered both in the community and on the land – or entirely on the land. It grew out of a need identified by child and youth workers in the territory for a curriculum to follow while implementing land programs. It has now expanded to an after school program that can be run over a longer period of time, leading up to a land camp in the spring.

The project proposed to support wellness among Inuit adolescents by expanding the curriculum guide for the evidence-based Makimautiksat Youth Camp Program.

Dr. Gwen Healey Akearok


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Lead Organization

Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre