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Igloolik: The Gift of Giving

Left to right: Stefan Hebert (Office Administration Instructor), Constable Mark Brown (RCMP), Stella Awa, Leah Anutiqjuaq, Bonnie Akearok, Amanda Taqta, Victoria (Hamlet), Corporal Terry Hamelin (RCMP), Maria Makik (Social Services), Arther Makik, Alina Ulayuk, Paul Hedges (ABE Instructor), Isa Amaaq (School Bus Driver), Sheryl Satuqsi, Lorne Towne (High School Teacher) and three high school students. Left to right: Stefan Hebert (Office Administration Instructor), Constable Mark Brown (RCMP), Stella Awa, Leah Anutiqjuaq, Bonnie Akearok, Amanda Taqta, Victoria (Hamlet), Corporal Terry Hamelin (RCMP), Maria Makik (Social Services), Arther Makik, Alina Ulayuk, Paul Hedges (ABE Instructor), Isa Amaaq (School Bus Driver), Sheryl Satuqsi, Lorne Towne (High School Teacher) and three high school students.

As we start a new year, we'd like to share a special accomplishment from Igloolik about the importance of giving.

It's a beautiful example from the students in the Igloolik Community Learning Centre of the IQ principles of Inuuqatigiitsiarniq: Respecting others, relationships and caring for people; Pijitsirniq: Serving and providing for family and/or community; Aajiiqatigiinniq: Decision making through discussion and consensus and Piliriqatigiinniq/Ikajuqtigiinniq: Working together for a common cause and an example of the true spirit of Christmas giving!

Initially, the Christmas Food Hamper project was a separate project for all of the different groups involved, but the Nunavut Arctic College students in the Office Administration Program and the ABE Program decided to unite the entire Christmas food hamper project into one big give away, involving all the groups.

Social Services, the three schools, the Hamlet office, the RCMP, the GN departments and community members all contributed to this Christmas food hamper project which included turkey, stuffing, fresh potatoes, apples, frozen veggies, rice, canned foods, toiletries, Christmas candies, and breakfast items like bread, eggs and juice.

Through the combined effort of the groups mentioned above, approximately 100 hampers were made and distributed to local elders, families with children, single parents, and income support clients in the community of Igloolik. All of the people who received the hampers were pleasantly surprised and grateful for the Christmas food hampers.

The volunteers for this huge project felt the surprise from the families when they came back to delivery more hampers. Some people even were dancing and gave a big THANK YOU!

Thanks to everyone who made this possible. Social services staff, Hamlet employees and drivers, GN staff in Igloolik, elementary and high school staff and students, Nunavut Arctic College students and staff, CO-OP and Northern stores, The RCMP staff and community members of Igloolik.





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