Join Our Inuit Wellness Summits

Calling frontline community workers! Ilitaqsiniq is hosting several Inuit Wellness Summit events in October and November to gather information and assess the needs of frontline community workers across Inuit Nunangat.

Together, we will explore:

  • Frontline community worker resiliency,
  • Well-being and support, and
  • Discussion topics such as self-confidence, coping skills, self-care and boundary setting.

There will be a particular focus on how these are practiced and how Inuit have taught and learned these concepts. We also want to hear about participants’ hopes and dreams for their communities.

“The Pilimmaksaijuliriniq Project seeks to articulate how we, as frontline workers, can best support ourselves so we in turn can better support our people,” says Ilitaqsiniq’s Panikuluk Kusugak.

Summit Dates & Locations:

  • Rankin Inlet, October 17-19
  • Cambridge Bay, November 14-16
  • Iqaluit, November 27-29

Spaces are limited to 25 participants per summit. If you are interested in participating in Ilitaqsiniq’s community needs assessment of frontline community champions in dealing with Inuit Wellness, please email

Ilitaqsiniq will provide snacks and refreshments. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover any participant travel or accommodation costs.

Stay tuned for an announcement about the summit coming to Inuvik, Kuujjuaq and Hopedale in early 2024.

Background on the Pilimmaksaijuliriniq Project

In 2022, Ilitaqsiniq piloted a “train the trainer” workshop called “Developing Community Leaders in Non-Formal Programming.” Based on a holistic, integrated approach founded on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, this workshop provided frontline community workers with the support they need to engage in:

  • Program development from a trauma-informed perspective.
  • Embedding the literacy and language skills central to Ilitaqsiniq’s non-formal cultural programming.
  • A deeper understanding of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in our modern-day context.
  • Ilitaqsiniq’s style of project management skills.

The Inuit Wellness Summits will support the development of an expansion to the pilot program based on what we learn about Inuit wellness teachings and additional front-line resiliency. The overall project will also involve research, Elder and Knowledge-keeper forums, and new, expanded workshops to be announced.

This work is made possible thanks to our funders the Arctic Inspiration Prize, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Department of Health – Inuusivut, Agnico Eagle and MakeWay. Thank you!