9 Nunavut communities receive up to $25,000 each to support seniors

Federal program funds 12 projects addressing issues ranging from dementia care to roof repair

A project to bridge Inuinnait generations at the Kitikmeot Heritage Centre in Cambridge Bay is one of 12 projects focused on seniors in Nunavut that will receive up to $25,000 in federal funding. (Photo by Madalyn Howitt)

By Nunatsiaq News

A handful of hamlets across Nunavut will receive money for dementia care, ensuring access to food and cultural programming, among other initiatives.

Twelve projects will each receive up to $25,000 in federal funding from a total of $297,340 in grants from the New Horizons for Seniors Program.

They money will go toward community projects in Nunavut that support activities “where seniors are engaged, connected and actively involved in their communities,” states a May 25 announcement from Employment and Social Development Canada.

The following projects will each receive $25,000:

  • Arviat: elders support – Hamlet of Arviat;
  • Cambridge Bay: Bridging Inuinnait Generations – Pitquhirnikkut Ilihautiniq/Kitikmeot Heritage Society;
  • Chesterfield Inlet: community cultural seniors program – Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet;
  • Coral Harbour: elders social, cultural and on the land program – Hamlet of Coral Harbour;
  • Igloolik: Komatik making and sewing activities – Hamlet of Igloolik;
  • Iqaluit: roof repair– Royal Canadian Legion branch 4;
  • Iqaluit: marginalized Iqaluitmiut addressing food insecurity – Iqaluit Community Greenhouse Society;
  • Iqaluit: Dementia Circle of Care Phase 2 – Nunavut Inuit Women’s Association;
  • Kugluktuk: Kugluktuk Elder and Youth Hub – Hamlet of Kugluktuk;
  • Pond Inlet: elders teaching traditional Inuit tent making – Municipality of Pond Inlet;
  • Taloyoak: elders and youth program (traditional knowledge and skills) – Hamlet of Taloyoak.

One project will receive $22,340:

  • Iqaluit – elders fireside chat and crafting – Qikiqtani Resource Institute.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program supports projects across Canada that promote volunteerism among seniors and other generations, engage seniors in the community through the mentoring of others, and expand awareness of elder abuse.

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