The following people have been nominated to sit on the Ilitaqsiniq Board for the next two years :
To be filled - President
Rhoda Ungalaq - Vice-President
Jane Aupaluktuk - Kivalliq
Wynter Kuliktana- Kitikmeot West
Ceporah Mearns - South Baffin
Northern Indigenous men need programming and policies that minimize oppression and maximize freedom
Cambridge Bay, NU – January 12th, 2016: Ilitaqsiniq – Nunavut Literacy Council led the Northern Men’s Research Project in partnership with the Yukon Literacy Coalition, the Northwest Territories Literacy Council, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, local First Nations governments and community-‐based partners. The research took place from 2011-‐2015.
Honourable mentions of $5,000 each are also awarded to literacy programs in Ottawa, Toronto, and Port Alberni
Ilitaqsiniq-NLC has partnered with NWT Literacy Council and Yukon Literacy Coalition to create the Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES).
Ilitaqsiniq-NLC was one of four Arctic organizations to receive the 2012 Arctic Inspiration Prize and share $1 million in seed money.
The Prize is a new initiative of the S. And A. Inspiration Foundation, founded by Arnold Witzig and wife Sima Sharifi. It was created to support multi-disciplinary teams to implement action plans that address pressing issues in Canada’s North. Priority areas are human health, literacy, food security, and sustainability of ecosystems and wildlife.
The Northern Men’s Project is a community-based research project on the learning and employment experiences of Inuit, First Nations, and Métis men. Ilitaqsiniq-NLC (lead organization), Yukon Literacy Coalition, NWT Literacy Council, and Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador are working together to research supportive factors and barriers that affect men in our communities.
To learn more, go to Northern Men’s Project
Story and photo courtesy of www.nnsl.com
In 1989, a group of northerners received funding from the federal government to organize a conference on literacy. The purpose of this conference was to gauge interest in starting a Literacy Coalition for the NWT. The group was motivated, in part, by the United Nation's International Year of Literacy and by available funding from the federal government for literacy projects.