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The Inukness Within & Inspiring Change:

Celebrating Self-Growth with Stories, Photos & Song

Friday September 26th – Susan Aglukark, live interview on KRS radio 88.7 ‘Buzz’ fm à 7:30pm Mountain Time - for those who are out of town, click 'Listen Live'

Saturday September 27th – Susan Aglukark presents at the Complex à 7pm

Soup and Bannock Contest (bring anything to share as a potluck) - bring your own spoons, bowls and stuff

Prizes: $300, $150, $75 (best & most soup) and $150, $75 $50 (best & most bannock)

Sunday September 28th – Ariel Tweto presents at the Complex à7pm

Susan AglukarkDr. Susan Aglukark, OC

Come-out and welcome Susan’s return to Kugluktuk.

With 8 albums, Susan is Arctic Canada’s first ever Juno Award winning Inuk singer/songwriter. Susan has won 3 Juno awards and received The Order of Canada. Susan has met and performed for Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, the Honorable Jean Chrétien, the Honorable Brian Mulroney, Governor General of Canada Adrienne Clarkson, the President of France, Jacques Chirac, as well as the healing/reconciliation leader who inspired the now world-wide process of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, His Excellency Nelson Mandela. Susan is founder of the Arctic Rose Project and an Advisor on the Collateral Damage Project, Susan also spent 3 years with The University of Alberta as Distinguished Scholar in Residence. In 1993 Susan helped celebrate the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement officially proclaimed here in Kugluktuk. 

From Arviat Nunavut and an “inspiration to humanity,” Susan blends her singing with new and innovative messages of hope. She weaves words, music and songs to promote ideas for a better, hopeful and thriving future. Susan addresses universal issues such as health problems, how to cope with rapid social change and the effects of colonization.


Ariel Tweto Ariel wraps-up her all Kitikmeot community tour that Kugluktukmiut since her visit in March helped to shape for everyone’s benefit in the region. Described as “raw,” Ariel’s Popping Bubbles start in Kugluktuk focused on people during a regular day, ariel tweto in Kugluktukwithout Ariel wanting the distraction of performances, official meetings and a feast. To be sure, Ariel's first meeting and feast was respectfully with the friends and family of the late Sonia Akana.

This visit is different – Come hear what Ariel has learned about the positive energy and spirit that exists through-out the Kitikmeot. Celebrate how Kugluktukmiut inspire new ways and new reasons to look at self-care, suicide prevention/postvention and mental health as a shared, Kitikmeot goal.


  A special thank you to the dedication and hard work of former residential school students and their families for inspiring hope and change


A Weekend of Ceremonies with Uncle

... Inuit-Kalaallit Elder, Storyteller, Traditional Healer and Carrier of the Qilaut (wind-drum),

Angaanaq Angakkorsuaq from Greenland, August 8 - 11 2014


Inuit Healer in Kugluktuk

Uncle, as Angaangaq is frequently called, bridges the boundaries of cultures and faiths in people, young and old. Uncle's work has taken him to 5 continents and to over 50 countries, including South Africa, South America, Artic Europe, Russia and Siberia. 

Uncle's teachings are deeply rooted in the wisdom of the oral healing traditions of his people. In 2004 his community and family summoned him to a sacred mountain for his initiation as their shaman after his 57 years of practicing the ancient ways of healing.


Are you a registered Social Worker, Clinician or a traditional support worker?

Do you wish to work in Kugluktuk?

Interested in providing Resolution and/or Cultural Support?

jobs available

Contracted Service positions, Flexible Rotations, Self-catered Accommodations Available 

Contact Us to submit your Statement of Interest; we will reply if we wish your Résumé 

We thank all those who inquiry. However, only those with a desired combination of qualifications, skills, experience and interest will be contacted.  

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?