Nunatsiaq News
LETTERS: Iqaluit June 04, 2012 - 9:54 am

Iqaluit Katimavik house closes June 22


Regrettably, Friday, June 22 will be the last operating day for the Katimavik house in Iqaluit.

This Canada-wide youth volunteer organization is closing its doors for now after three years of volunteer service in Nunavut, having given about 150 young Canadians the chance to live in their country’s North, to learn about Inuit culture and to help the people of its largest community in a variety of projects, from working with at-risk youth and the disadvantaged to helping at Toonik Tyme and other community events.

Its participants have worked every month of Katimavik’s three years in the territorial capital, have provided over 75,000 hours of volunteer work in that time, translating into well over $750,000 worth of service.

Katimavik has over 1,000 17- to 21-year-old participants volunteering for six months in over 50 communities across Canada, with Iqaluit being the most northerly one.

The Katimavik experience offers young people the chance to grow, by exploring their country, by learning the meaning of citizenship, by doing volunteer work in communities, by gaining life and leadership skills, by having fun living as a group and by their efforts in making this a better country.

Unfortunately, federal funding, which formed a major part of Katimavik’s income, is being discontinued, bringing about the closure of the Iqaluit house and putting the overall survival of the program at risk.

Despite the warmth and generosity of many individuals and organizations in the North, despite the fact that more sponsorship funding was raised in Iqaluit than anywhere else in Canada, the need to find at least $228,000 annually to continue the program is now beyond our means.

On behalf of Katimavik, we would like to thank the community of Iqaluit and all our sponsors and work partners for allowing us to live and work among you for three years, thus providing so many young Canadians with the opportunity to taste the magic of Nunavut.


Ann Boiteau

Nick Newbery
Board of Directors

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