Embrace Life Day to be commemorated in Iqaluit with walk

Event organized by the Embrace Life Council

The walk for Embrace Life Day last year. This year’s walk starts at 4 p.m. at Inuksuk High School. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Embrace Life Council is leading a walk through Iqaluit for suicide prevention Friday afternoon to observe Embrace Life Day in Nunavut and World Suicide Prevention Day globally.

The event is meant to allow people to “remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones, comfort those who are grieving, and strengthen our connection with each other,” states a news release from the council.

“We really want this walk to show that are all in this together,” said Cecile Guerin, executive director of the Embrace Life Council.

The release also points out that the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting its own mental health challenges, and that people in Nunavut communities can help each other by reaching out to others who are struggling.

The walk coincides with the promotion of a handbook to help Nunavummiut who been affected by suicide. It contains information, guides and resources to help families with their grief. The handbook is available in every Nunavut community, Guerin said.

The Government of Nunavut added its own support for Embrace Life Day, releasing a statement Friday that highlights the importance of doing activities that help a person’s mental health, such as talking to family and friends, being out on the land and sewing. 

During these uncertain times, safeguarding our mental wellness is as important to our overall well-being as taking care of our physical health,” states the release.

The walk is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Inuksuk High School. Participants will head over to the Four Corners on Queen Elizabeth Road and end their walk at Iqaluit Square at 5 p.m.

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