Tungasuvvingat Inuit kicks off 35th anniversary celebrations
Ottawa-based Inuit organization planning large community barbecue for summer
Tungasuvvingat Inuit kicked off a week of virtual contests on Monday to celebrate 35 years serving Inuit in Ontario.
The organization is a support system for Inuit in Ottawa, providing a wide range of services that include childcare, youth programming, substance abuse treatment, elders programming, education, employment services and housing.
“When I think of all the time, tears, joy, and love that has gone into building our organization into what it is today, I am so grateful,” Kaajuk Kablalik, president of Tungasuvvingat Inuit, said in a news release.
“We have so much work to do but I also know that if we stay true to the teachings of our elders, we will continue to grow and thrive alongside the community we serve.”
Despite the Ontario government’s easing of COVID-19 gathering restrictions, the celebrations planned for Monday to Friday this week are limited to social media events for Inuit living in Ottawa and Gatineau, such as games and contests, said communications manager Joël Lamoureux.
Prizes include grocery gift cards, seal skins and country food bundles.
The organization is planning a larger celebratory barbecue for the community in the spring or summer.