Ilitaqsiniq is fortunate to work with tremendous community advocates in Nunavut and throughout Canada: non-profit organizations, Inuit organizations, networks and working groups, educational institutions, businesses and Nunavut communities.

We also acknowledge and appreciate our funders for the incredible initiatives and impact their support makes possible.

Our Funders for 2022-2023

The generous support of our funders enables Ilitaqsiniq to provide much needed programming to Nunavummiut.

The three funding levels reference animals of the territory:

Cherished like the Tuktu

More than $1 million

Leading like the Wolf

$100,000 – $1 million

Observant like the Raven

Less than $100,000

Our Impact

Ilitaqsiniq’s programs support Inuit with concrete actions, opportunities and engagement that leverage the skills and talents of our participants and instructors. Four outcomes emerge consistently across programs and participants:

Engagement with lifelong learning

Confidence that comes from skill development

Targeted skill through practice


Impact by the Numbers


participants have taken part in our non-formal, adult programming


completion rate within Ilitaqsiniq programs


attendance rate of participants in Ilitaqsiniq programs


of participants moving on to employment or advanced education/training


times children and their parents/caregivers accessed the pilot Pinnguaqta parent & tot program in Rankin Inlet


Many participants have been able to remove themselves from social assistance within six months following the completion of Ilitaqsiniq programs

Photo Credit: Justin Tang/Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP)


Our work has been recognized with national awards such as the Arctic Inspiration Prize (2012 and 2022) and the ABC Literacy Life Canada award for Innovation in Adult Literacy Programming (2015), as well as international awards such as the IBBY-Asahi Reading Promotion Program Award (2022).

Our Program Evaluation

For over a decade, Ilitaqsiniq has been committed to carrying out external evaluations of its programs. During this time, we have been able to demonstrate repeated, successful outcomes to our Collaborators. Just as importantly, we have been able to learn from the evaluations and turned this into improvement for future programs. Our comfort with evaluation frameworks was also the impetus for our research and development of the Inuit Evaluation Toolkit.

Starting in 2010, we undertook a large-scale, in-depth evaluation project of our Miqqut program, spearheaded by Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, Shelley Tulloch. The purpose was to assess Ilitaqsiniq’s model of non-formal learning – regardless of the cultural content.

“Solid, consistent and lasting outcomes for participants”

The project was able to demonstrate solid, consistent and lasting outcomes for participants, such as the following:

  • Effectiveness in improving literacy and essential skills of adult learners.
  • Participants reported improved language skills in Inuktitut & English.
  • Synergetic and overlapping results in the areas cultural skills, literacy and essential skills, and well-being, increasing the overall impact of Ilitaqsiniq programs.
  • In the area of cultural skills, participants learned new skills or improved their skills in traditional cultural activities – creating art and making traditional Inuit clothing. Traditional learning methods were most important for participants who had missed this experience because they went to residential schools or had lost a parent.
  • Building up participants’ self-confidence and essential skills which then supports them to move on to enrolling in further training and formal learning opportunities or joining the workforce.
  • Increased health, well-being and confidence.
  • Increased engagement and healthy participation in family and community life.

Join our Valued Collaborators

Ready to help Ilitaqsiniq continue to make a substantive impact on communities in Nunavut through its Inu-vative programs and research? Contact us to talk about funding and partnerships at