Kativik campaign encourages acts of kindness
Initiative by housing bureau aims to improve mental health, living conditions for Nunavimmiut
Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau has launched its first Acts of Kindness challenge, encouraging people to perform good deeds for others with the goal of improving mental health, living conditions and community spirit in Nunavik.
The challenge is a new mental health initiative, part of the bureau’s Pivallianiq program that promotes keeping public housing clean and maintained while preventing vandalism.
Nunavimmiut ages 14 and older can share the acts of kindness they perform in an online form on the bureau’s website and social media, with the chance to be recognized publicly and win prizes, said program manager Laura Lapointe.
“This challenge highlights the importance of wellness, and it’s really focused on positive mental health awareness, and also, being together as a community,” Lapointe said.
“We have to be there for people, and by doing acts of kindness for someone or good actions, that’s very positive.”
Submissions of good deeds can be made until November, when a winning act of kindness will be announced. As a prize, the winner will be able to go on a winter trip to a Nunavik national park with five family members or friends.
More than a dozen finalists, and the eventual winner, will be decided by a panel of judges made up of housing bureau and Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services employees.
Lapointe said she hopes the challenge inspires people all over Nunavik — not just housing bureau tenants — to perform meaningful acts of kindness and service for friends, family members and others in their communities.
Overall, she said she hopes it will bring attention to the region’s mental health needs, and also break the stigma people face when asking for help.
“This is really more about opening to people solidarity among the community, and rewarding good actions around because that’s what gives us strength,” Lapointe said.
“It’s more about the mental health awareness and the importance of reaching out, that we want to encourage people to be more open about this.”