QIA Youth Partnerships

National Inuit Youth Council

The National Inuit Youth Council (NIYC) represents the interests of Inuit youth in Canada.

The council is made up of six voting members and a president. Inuit youth elect the President of the NIYC during the National Inuit Youth Summit (NIYS) every 2 years. There are 6 regional youth file holders, employed by the respective land claims organizations that sit on the NIYC as the voting members. The Youth Project Coordinator(s) of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), the parent organization, serves as the secretariat for the NIYC.

Embrace Life Council

The Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council (IIK) is a non-profit organization established in January 2004 as a result of partnership efforts between the Government of Nunavut, NTI, RCMP, and many others. Efforts to create the council began in 2003 with the recognition that there needed to be a coordinated initiative in addressing the high suicide rates in Nunavut.

QIA was a founding member of IIK. Our youth coordinator sits on the Board of Directors, working to ensure that youth issues are an integral part of suicide prevention work in Nunavut.

This partnership has resulted in the creation of the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy (NSPS) , released in 2010, and the NSPS Action Plan.

The NSPS Action Plan, released in 2011, serves as a “living” document and can be enhanced throughout the three-year implementation period.  The Partners will continue to work with all interested stakeholders throughout the Action Plan implementation process.

ATII!:  A Healthy Game for Children

The QIA Youth Department partnered with Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, NTI and the University of Toronto to lead the adaptation of a QIA-owned Inuktitut children's game , Atii! The game, focused on healthy food choices, active living and building self-esteem, will be piloted and used in elementary schools across Nunavut.

Funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of a $2.4 million four-year research program entitled “Child and Youth Mental Health and Wellness Research, Intervention and Community Advocacy”, the research project was developed in response to the Inuit Child Health Survey, part of the International Polar Year 2007-08 survey.

This survey found that only one third of Inuit children in Nunavut had a healthy body weight; the rest were either obese or overweight. These results show a great need for more health education and Inuit-specific approaches that are fun, interactive and effective – like Atii!