This Indigenous organization has one goal: To provide Nunavummuit, people living in Nunavut, with English and Inuit literacy skills while keeping their teaching approach culturally rooted.
Executive Director Adriana Kusugak at Ilitaqsiniq Nunavut Literacy Council, told 6ixbuzz their mission is to empower Nunavummiut and help Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit develop the modern-day skills needed to support themselves, while consistently grounding their culture into these supports.
“Ilitaqsiniq is well-known and respected in Nunavut for the delivery of our unique embedded literacy, culture based programming, which contribute to making a real substantial difference in the lives of adults, children, families, and local communities,” she said.
One of the reasons the organization’s program is so popular is because of the culture-based programming they developed to make community members feel more welcome.
Recently, the federal government provided over $3 million in funding towards six organizations in Northern communities to advance gender equality and promote groups who are underrepresented, among other supports.
Ilitaqsiniq Nunavut Literacy Council was one of the six organizations that received the federal funding.
The Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal shared in a Twitter post last week that this initiative will promote “innovative, responsive approaches to issues that impact women and underrepresented groups.”
“For the first time in a long time, it [the funding] allowed our organization to build up and increase our internal capacity as an organization so that we’re able to better serve our clients…have a wider outreach…and further develop our programs,” Kusugak said.
The organization was also able to further develop their “train the trainer” program, a workshop dedicated to training community leaders on how the organization runs and why the organization provides the services that it does, she explained.
6ixbuzz reached out to other organizations that received this federal funding, but none of them responded in time before publishing.
If you’d like to support Ilitaqsiniq Nunavut Literacy Council and their strive to teach English and Inuit–among other goals–to Nunavummuit in the community, then feel free to securely donate online.