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 Learning from Each Other & Making New Friends:

Popping the Bubble of What Divides Us to Grow a Healthy Future


 Arieal Tweto poppingbubbles with Healthy Kugluktuk Healthy Kugluktuk with Ariel Tweto  


 Ariel Tweto's visit to Kugluktuk (March 24 - 27, 2014)

The connection between the Iñupiaq of Western Alaska and Copper Inuit of Kugluktuk goes back several generations . This spring, the connection comes alive. Ariel Tweto is coming to Kugluktuk to inspire people to dream big, and to value the importance of setting goals.

Ariel's visit does come with a message about bullying and suicide prevention.  The message is fresh, passionate and down-to-earth, like Ariel; her natural zest for 'giving back' inspires everyone with a new way of looking at ourselves and the world around us ... to find a purpose, to develop a good work-ethic, and to go beyond the confines of living in a self-made bubble.  

Ariel's roots are Alaskan Iñupiaq (Inuit); she was born and raised in Unalakleet Alaska. Her Grandmother and some of Ariel's relatives went to residential school. Ariel has experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations of northern living as a woman from a remote, fly-in community. But, Ariel rises above the clouds and truly does fly wild.

Ariel and her family were featured on Discovery Channel’s Flying Wild Alaska for 3 seasons. Ariel is an accomplished athlete in traditional Inuit games and she perfected the “seal hop” on the TV show Wipeout . Ariel has also appeared on David Letterman’s Late Show and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. With several projects on the go, Ariel is currently a host on the FNX/Sundance Institute’s show Native Shorts .

“I'm super excited and flattered to be invited to Kugluktuk” says Ariel. “I can't wait to meet everyone and share my thoughts and stories. I have been very lucky so far in life and I think it has a lot to do with my outlook, the people I surround myself with, my upbringing, family, and my goal setting. I want to share my experiences with others and hopefully inspire people to step outside of their comfort zone and to dream big. I ask myself almost every day 'what is my reason for waking up today?' And most days I have an answer; if I don't have one, I go and find it! I want to help people find a reason to wake up.”

In our work with former residential school students and their families, the Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk welcomed the Kugluktuk Radio Society’s help to make this opportunity possible … and, to share something life changing with some amazing people in loving memory of a young radio volunteer, the late Sonia Akana .

  Healthy Kugluktuk remembers

Healthy Kugluktuk extends its deepest gratitude to David and Cora DeVos, formerly of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and now Saskatchewan. Koana Dave and Cora, all of this is possible because of your love and passion for life!


Independent Assessment Process

Final Report Consultation


These consultations are an opportunity for you to share your perspectives and provide insight which will help guide the development of the IAP final report.

1) In your view, what are the key objectives of the IAP?

2) What are some ways in which we can measure the IAP’s success in meeting these objectives?

3) In your opinion, what is important/what information would you like to gain from, or see in, the final report? Or, in your view, what would be some of the most important messages to come out of the final report?

For more information, please refer to the notification . If you have further questions please contact Tara Beauchamp ( Submission deadline was January, 2014


And if you need to talk at any time, phone Mary Ann (5344) or one of the 1-800 numbers below 

Aboriginal Support for Family and Community     Health Canada     

Note: The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Government of Canada.

Welcome to our website: updated 'News' articles keep us fresh for you

  We are very thankful to offer something special to those of you who like to return to our website ... fresh and thought provoking articles.

Articles are posted regularly by leading professionals. Their special features are found under the 'News' tab. So, check back when you are feeling like you want a good read. 

Announcements promoting new articles are made on our Twitter page; follow us @HealthyKugluktu

If you wish to become a regular contributor yourself, please contact us 
The goal of the articles is to assist people with the reconciliation process; and, to embark on the learning experience together. Articles cover a range of topics, being inclusive of anyone who supports the building of healthy and optimistic relationships. 

Download books for self-care, education and healthcare service delivery  

jpg The Meeka series was written by Meeka Arnakaq, an Inuit Elder and healer from Pangnirtung, Nunavut. 

The series takes a holistic approach to Inuit healing, healthy living, child rearing and teamwork. The illustrations and exercises evoke a traditional approach to storytelling.

The series seeks to enhance substance abuse prevention programs, health care service delivery and training of wellness workers in Canada's North. However, the series is applicable to any program, service or training initiative that wishes to draw from the experiences of others.

Healthy Kugluktuk's Board of Directors wish to thank Anna Tyers of Earthlore Communications for permission to help promote and distribute Meeka's important work, and to Manon Blouin of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse for helping to make this possible. Meeka's books are available to download with various readers at no cost by visiting our Cultural Resources: Wellness Manuals tab.

carving wall promo DSC06261 Moving Forward with a Purpose in Kugluktuk after Residential School

Dr. Handley developed this article based on the counseling format he finds best suits working with survivors and their families, and then tailored it to assist our unique program for Kugluktukmiut. 

This article addresses the process of sharing, healing, reconciliation, and personal growth. Effective listening is essential to the process of healing and personal growth.

True reconciliation, whereby a person moves forward with a healthy sense of purpose in life, is very much aided by 'enculturation,' or a sense of belonging and identity with one's culture.

It is with this sense of cultural belonging in mind that helped us to develop a Copper Inuit perspective for NTI's work on informing the Personal Education Credit mechanism for Nunavut.

Ultimately, our goal for Moving Forward is to help build healthy relationships and a healthy community. Read more: Moving Forward with a Purpose in Kugluktuk after Residential School        

Canada's Apology

Canada's apology on June 11, 2008 stands as a significant milestone in the Federal government's commitment to help address residential school impacts on culture, heritage, language and aboriginal people across Canada. 

For Kugluktuk's small place in this commitment to new solutions and new relationships , we are locally organized and national funded to provide cultural and emotional support to former students Kugluktukmiut and their families. We also assist former students as they navigate the CEP   and IAP   process, and the now passed final application deadline of September 19, 2012 (please note: the help line remains open  1-866-699-1742 ).

Canada's commitment is much more than financial. However, in the case of the CEP, it stood as a one-time payment for the experience of residing at an Indian Residential School - eligible applicants received $10,000 for the first school year (or partial school year), plus $3,000 for each following school year. In Kugluktuk's case, there were about 258 CEP applications filed with Service Canada, 216 of which were eligible. The average payment was $17,790, for a total amount paid to former students from Kugluktuk amounting to almost $3.9 million. (photo credit: PMO photo). Read more: Canada's Apology and other resources

Do you want to talk with someone right now?
Are you in crisis? Do you need help?

Would you like to talk about an issue you are trying to figure out while on your journey toward reconciliation?

In Canada, phone 1-866-925-4419 toll free, anytime 24/7

Other free, culturally safe and private help lines

  • Women’s help line (24/7) 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)
  • Kids’ help line (24/7) 1-800-668-6868
  • Kids/Youth Help, Live Chat, 4pm – 9pm Kugluktuk Time (Mountain Time) on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
  • Click here for LIVE CHAT
Contact your lawyer for assistance; or, phone Gayle McCarthy, Residential Schools Advisor, AWOC, 1-800-994-7477 or email:
What does reconciliation mean to you?