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Five Years of Hard Work and Good Memories: Please continue your Healthy Journey without us

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"I’ve thought about [Healthy Kugluktuk's] project a great deal since setting this up with you.  I think it is one of the more interesting and innovative projects that I have been involved with.  I would be honoured to continue to be part of it."

Dr. Bruce Handley, 2014/15 


A Community '20 Hour' Challenge: Making a New Year's Resolution worth over $30 Million

The holiday season is a time to reflect on the past, and a time to plan for making personal changes in the new year. We all hope for positive things. We all hope for a good life. We all want the best for ourselves, our families and the community in which we live. 

This season, we invite Kugluktukmiut to consider making the ultimate New Year's resolution: working together to use up as much of the $30 million in emotional health services that are available to Inuit in Kugluktuk.

water skipping in KugluktukIn the same way you might do things to help your machine run better (i.e. changing the spark plugs or replacing the oil filter), or in the same way you might stop travelling for a while in spring to let your engine cool down, the same goes for your emotional health.

If you like water skipping, well skipping through life can be just as fun but there are skills and helpful tips to learn. And, your emotional safety is number one.

How? ... All you need to do is commit to 20 hours of your time over a few months and work on your very own personal tune-up; Health Canada calls it a personal Treatment Plan. If you need more than 20 hours, that's ok too.

There is no cost to you. The personal Treatment Plan program is run by Health Canada, not Healthy Kugluktuk, it's what Health Canada offers directly to Kugluktukmiut, as a way to support what Healthy Kugluktuk offers through the Resolution Health Support Program and what the Government of Canada funds to get done through the Government of Nunavut's Health Centers.

The personal Treatment Plan initiative is only available from Health Canada, and it's only for former residential school students and their families, in otherwords, most of Kugluktuk. Ask Healthy Kugluktuk to help you connect to the right Health Canada staff for more information, or call the Residential School Settlement office directly at 1-866-879-4913.

You'll get a qualified professional to talk with, you'll develop your very own plan, you'll talk in a nice private space, and have some snacks or cook something to eat if you want. It's all pretty relaxed. The work on fulfilling your plan is personal and private, and is as challenging as you want to make it. You can ask for Healthy Kugluktuk workers to help support you during your Treatment Plan process, or you can just keep working directly with Health Canada representatives.

Consider Health Canada's Treatment Plan offer as a way to get your very own personal trainer or mechanic, for free. Here are some examples of things you may wish to improve or work on  ...

  • Parenting,
  • Relationships,
  • Supportive relationships,
  • Self-confidence,
  • Grief and Loss,
  • Trauma,
  • Having been bothered,
  • Racism and prejudice,
  • Loss of culture,
  • Loss of a connection to family,
  • Blaming others,
  • Emotional guilt,
  • Anger management,
  • Being cranky all the time,
  • Violent outbreaks,
  • Obsessiveness,  
  • Anxiety
  • Safe talk - supporting a loved one
  • Issues you have from your parents or their parents
  • Depression, and/or
  • Emotional issues due to the loss of Inuit language abilities

Lots of people go to the Mental Health worker at the Nursing Station, and that's good. However, most people go when they are in crisis, which is an important time go talk with a professional; but, why not get support and helpful ideas before you are in crisis? It will be easier on you, and it will help you to avoid 'bubbling-up' to a point of being in crisis.

Almost everybody works on their machines some which way through-out the year to make them run better, so why not even invest 20 hours of your time to give yourself a tune-up too? If you like what you find from making a commitment to a 20 hour goal, more time is available.

This offer is available to all former residential school students (about 300 people in Kugluktuk) and their family members (which could be another 600-700 people, really) ... so, that's most of the community.

Why? ... imagine trying to have Frolic races with everyone having oily old plugs. Well, if we all clean-out our carbs or change our emotional plugs, we'll be good for some amazinga complete rebuild performance in our lives with family, at work, at play, or while just living from day to day. The 20 hour plan can be light, simple and focussed; or you may want to strip your emotional machine right down and work on a rebuild. It's totally up to you and how you commit to your plan.

Consider it a way to make a personal contribution to improve the liveability of our community, to help ourselves live happier, more productive lives, and to get the full amount of services that are available to our community. 

The cost of this opportunity is hard to calculate but it could easily be worth over $30 Million given the way the service is run and the number of people who are eligible to take advantage of it. However, the costs are not your concern. It's a free service that is available to Kugluktukmiut, but a service that isn't being used as much as it could be and has not really been promoted by those offering the service.

We just found out that we can have a big role in offering, supporting and promoting this service. Up to now, counselling company reps just flew in and flew out for a couple of days without working with us, often not letting anyone know they were coming, or had even been here.  

Incredibly, this service has been available for about the last 10 years! Long before Healthy Kugluktuk started. However, now, the service is due to end March 31, 2016.

After much effort, Healthy Kugluktuk has found quality counsellors that some people in Kugluktuk have worked with and recommend to others in Kugluktuk. Healthy Kugluktuk really wants to access this program. Note: Healthy Kugluktuk makes no money and does not collect any fees from accessing this program or service ... it's just part of what we can do to arrange this for you; all of the $30 Million goes to providing the service directly to clients ... we are not even present when you work on your plan; we simply make a nice space available in which to work at no charge. We'll even contribute the snacks! 

The community challenge? ... let us take a big bite out of that $30 Million!! After all, it's available to Kugluktukmiut and it might do some good. It's only for 20 hours, more if you need it.

kugluktuk racerImagine most of the town going in for an emotional tune-up. What a difference that could make. You can have one-on-ones, or develop a plan with a partner, your family, a group of people, or work to resolve problems with people that are 'stuck' in your life. Your plan is your plan. It's all about your healing journey (your learning journey). It's about your emotional health and relationship (reconciliation) with others.

Healthy Kugluktuk just thinks that since there is $30 Million dollars-worth of quality services available out there for our community, let's make the most of it. The Government of Canada was genuine to make the services available. So, regardless how the service has been made available to Kugluktukmiut so far, moving forward let's try to do what we can to race our best race in life by taking full advantage of the service. Just remember, that the tune-up is specific to you, it is very customized to your needs and your emotional health goals.

Something different anyways.

For more information or to schedule an appointment talk to Donna or contact us here. More information about this $30 Million service will be coming-out in the weeks to come; just give it some thought. 



A Holiday Greeting with a Heart-warming Story  

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So many survivors have inspiring truths to tell. Sylvia is no exception; she is sharing the Christmas Spirit with a positive message on her home crafted Christmas tree decorations: Suicide Isn't the Answer!

 Sylvia had family and friends die by suicide. But with the help of counselling and emotionally supportive people, Sylvia made some positive decisions in her life, and as she says: �my parents never born me to suicide. Thinking of suicide is pain to the brain. Suicide isn�t the answer. Loveable faith is the answer." Faith in yourself brings peace. 

Sylvia encourages people who are troubled or withdrawing to reach-out and talk to a professional, and for others to keep a caring eye open for people who may be distressed. Help one another; be kind to others and yourself.  

There have been other things that have been helpful for Sylvia's healing journey as well: 

�Caring for my son is important to me. My art and crafts have been helpful. I like to share my story and encourage others to choose life.  I help myself Sylvia's message of hope Healthy Kugluktukby helping others.� Sylvia also likes to write poetry. 

Sylvia crochets full-sized toques and miniature Christmas tree decoration toques.  She also sews wall hangings and mobiles.  Her work has ended up on people�s Christmas trees, walls and heads all over Canada.

Sylvia�s wish for all people of Nunavut and Canada:  �Have a Merry Christmas and live to enjoy the New Year!�




 The Inukness Within & Inspiring Change:

Celebrating Self-Growth with Stories, Photos & Song



Friday September 26th � Susan Aglukark, live interview on KRS radio 88.7 �Buzz� fm 7:30pm Mountain Time - for those who are out of town, click 'Listen Live'

Saturday September 27th � Susan Aglukark presents at the Complex 7pm


Soup and Bannock Contest (bring anything to share as a potluck) - bring your own spoons, bowls and stuff

Prizes: $300, $150, $75 (best & most soup) and $150, $75 $50 (best & most bannock)

Sunday September 28th � Ariel Tweto presents at the Complex 7pm

Susan AglukarkDr. Susan Aglukark, OC

Come-out and welcome Susan�s return to Kugluktuk.

With 8 albums, Susan is Arctic Canada�s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. Susan has won 3 Juno awards and received The Order of Canada. Susan has met and performed for Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, the Honorable Jean Chr�tien, the Honorable Brian Mulroney, Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, the President of France, Jacques Chirac, as well as the healing/reconciliation leader who inspired the now world-wide process of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, His Excellency Nelson Mandela. Susan is founder of the Arctic Rose Project and an Advisor on the Collateral Damage Project, Susan also spent 3 years with The University of Alberta as Distinguished Scholar in Residence. In 1993 Susan helped celebrate the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement officially proclaimed here in Kugluktuk. 

From Arviat Nunavut and an �inspiration to humanity,� Susan blends her singing with new and innovative messages of hope. She weaves words, music and songs to promote ideas for a better, hopeful and thriving future. Susan addresses universal issues such as health problems, how to cope with rapid social change and the effects of colonization.


Ariel Tweto Ariel wraps-up her all Kitikmeot community tour that Kugluktukmiut since her visit in March helped to shape for everyone�s benefit in the region. Described as �raw,� Ariel�s Popping Bubbles start in Kugluktuk focused on people during a regular day, ariel tweto in Kugluktukwithout Ariel wanting the distraction of performances, official meetings and a feast. To be sure, Ariel's first meeting and feast was respectfully with the friends and family of the late Sonia Akana.

This visit is different � Come hear what Ariel has learned about the positive energy and spirit that exists through-out the Kitikmeot. Celebrate how Kugluktukmiut inspire new ways and new reasons to look at self-care, suicide prevention/postvention and mental health as a shared, Kitikmeot goal.


  A special thank you to the dedication and hard work of former residential school students and their families for inspiring hope and change


A Weekend of Ceremonies with Uncle

... Inuit-Kalaallit Elder, Storyteller, Traditional Healer and Carrier of the Qilaut (wind-drum),

Angaanaq Angakkorsuaq from Greenland, August 8 - 11 2014


Inuit Healer in Kugluktuk

Uncle, as Angaangaq is frequently called, bridges the boundaries of cultures and faiths in people, young and old. Uncle's work has taken him to 5 continents and to over 50 countries, including South Africa, South America, Artic Europe, Russia and Siberia. 

Uncle's teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom of the oral healing traditions of his people. In 2004 his community and family summoned him to a sacred mountain for his initiation as their shaman after his 57 years of practicing the ancient ways of healing.


Are you a registered Social Worker, Clinician or a traditional support worker?

Do you wish to work in Kugluktuk?

Interested in providing Resolution and/or Cultural Support?

jobs available

Contracted Service positions, Flexible Rotations, Self-catered Accommodations Available 

Contact Us to submit your Statement of Interest; we will reply if we wish your Rsum 

We thank all those who inquiry. However, only those with a desired combination of qualifications, skills, experience and interest will be contacted.  

Independent Assessment Process

Final Report Consultation


These consultations are an opportunity for you to share your perspectives and provide insight which will help guide the development of the IAP final report.

1) In your view, what are the key objectives of the IAP?

2) What are some ways in which we can measure the IAP�s success in meeting these objectives?

3) In your opinion, what is important/what information would you like to gain from, or see in, the final report? Or, in your view, what would be some of the most important messages to come out of the final report?

For more information, please refer to the notification . If you have further questions please contact Tara Beauchamp ( Submission deadline was January, 2014


And if you need to talk at any time, phone Mary Ann (5344) or one of the 1-800 numbers below 

Aboriginal Support for Family and Community     Health Canada     

Note: The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada.

Welcome to our website: updated 'News' articles keep us fresh for you

  We are very thankful to offer something special to those of you who like to return to our website ... fresh and thought provoking articles.

Articles are posted regularly by leading professionals. Their special features are found under the 'News' tab. So, check back when you are feeling like you want a good read. 

Announcements promoting new articles are made on our Twitter page; follow us @HealthyKugluktu

If you wish to become a regular contributor yourself, please contact us 
The goal of the articles is to assist people with the reconciliation process; and, to embark on the learning experience together. Articles cover a range of topics, being inclusive of anyone who supports the building of healthy and optimistic relationships. 

Download books for self-care, education and healthcare service delivery  

jpg The Meeka series was written by Meeka Arnakaq, an Inuit Elder and healer from Pangnirtung, Nunavut. 

The series takes a holistic approach to Inuit healing, healthy living, child rearing and teamwork. The illustrations and exercises evoke a traditional approach to storytelling.

The series seeks to enhance substance abuse prevention programs, health care service delivery and training of wellness workers in Canada's North. However, the series is applicable to any program, service or training initiative that wishes to draw from the experiences of others.

Healthy Kugluktuk's Board of Directors wish to thank Anna Tyers of Earthlore Communications for permission to help promote and distribute Meeka's important work, and to Manon Blouin of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse for helping to make this possible. Meeka's books are available to download with various readers at no cost by visiting our Cultural Resources: Wellness Manuals tab.

carving wall promo DSC06261 Moving Forward with a Purpose in Kugluktuk after Residential School

Dr. Handley developed this article based on the counseling format he finds best suits working with survivors and their families, and then tailored it to assist our unique program for Kugluktukmiut. 

This article addresses the process of sharing, healing, reconciliation, and personal growth. Effective listening is essential to the process of healing and personal growth.

True reconciliation, whereby a person moves forward with a healthy sense of purpose in life, is very much aided by 'enculturation,' or a sense of belonging and identity with one's culture.

It is with this sense of cultural belonging in mind that helped us to develop a Copper Inuit perspective for NTI's work on informing the Personal Education Credit mechanism for Nunavut.

Ultimately, our goal for Moving Forward is to help build healthy relationships and a healthy community. Read more: Moving Forward with a Purpose in Kugluktuk after Residential School        

Canada's Apology

Canada's apology on June 11, 2008 stands as a significant milestone in the Federal government's commitment to help address residential school impacts on culture, heritage, language and aboriginal people across Canada. 

For Kugluktuk's small place in this commitment to new solutions and new relationships , we are locally organized and national funded to provide cultural and emotional support to former students Kugluktukmiut and their families. We also assist former students as they navigate the CEP   and IAP   process, and the now passed final application deadline of September 19, 2012 (please note: the help line remains open  1-866-699-1742 ).

Canada's commitment is much more than financial. However, in the case of the CEP, it stood as a one-time payment for the experience of residing at an Indian Residential School - eligible applicants received $10,000 for the first school year (or partial school year), plus $3,000 for each following school year. In Kugluktuk's case, there were about 258 CEP applications filed with Service Canada, 216 of which were eligible. The average payment was $17,790, for a total amount paid to former students from Kugluktuk amounting to almost $3.9 million. (photo credit: PMO photo). Read more: Canada's Apology and other resources

Do you want to talk with someone right now?
Are you in crisis? Do you need help?

Would you like to talk about an issue you are trying to figure out while on your journey toward reconciliation?

In Canada, phone 1-866-925-4419 toll free, anytime 24/7

Other free, culturally safe and private help lines

  • Womens help line (24/7) 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)
  • Kids help line (24/7) 1-800-668-6868
  • Kids/Youth Help, Live Chat, 4pm 9pm Kugluktuk Time (Mountain Time) on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
  • Click here for LIVE CHAT
Contact your lawyer for assistance; or, phone Gayle McCarthy, Residential Schools Advisor, AWOC, 1-800-994-7477 or email:
What does reconciliation mean to you?