In Communities

Two Representative for Children and Youth Office's staff recently traveled to Resolute Bay. Thanks to all the children, youth, and community members who welcomed them. They had a wonderful time getting to know everyone and were very excited to join the skating activities at the arena!

Olivia and Nubiya met with children, youth, community members, and service providers while in beautiful Pond Inlet. The community was extremely welcoming and the RCYO is grateful for the kind hospitality we received while there. Some of the highlights were taking a tour of the community wellness center and the women’s shelter, meeting with very engaging and caring community service providers, and presenting to the Hamlet Council.  Another great highlight of our visit was spending time with the high school students and teachers during our Raise Your Voice: Self-Advocacy Workshop.

Mariama and Katie had a wonderful, and busy, visit in Cambridge Bay. Some of the highlights were playing games and having pizza with a girls’ group at the Elders’ Palace and seeing friendly faces wearing RCYO hats out-and-about in the community. Thank you to the community of Cambridge Bay for making us feel so welcome!
While in Clyde River, Nubiya and Nancy met so many amazing children and youth! The highlights were many but we really want to give a big shout out to the staff and youth attending the Illisaqsivik Society as well as the vice principal, teachers, and students from Quluaq School for being so welcoming. It was wonderful to take a tour of the Piqqusilirivvik Inuit Cultural Learning Facility and eat their delicious country food. We took part in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation community BBQ and saw many young people wearing RCYO orange bracelets, toques, and tattoos that week.

Diana’s trip to Coral Harbour involved visits to various service providers and the Sakku school. Students seemed to enjoy participating in the Raise Your Voice: Self-Advocacy Workshop and Sila is Cold presentations. Thanks for the warm welcome and hospitality!



It was a great visit to Baker Lake for Diana. While in Baker Lake Diana delivered several Raise Your Voice: Self-Advocacy Workshops and Sila is Cold: The Igloo Game presentations. Thank you to both schools and the community for being so welcoming. A highlight for Diana was getting to know people at the Northern.

It was great to travel to Hall Beach, the community was lovely and the children and youth were great to chat with. My highlight was playing our communication game with the students and listening to there many ways on how to communicate. It was great feeling so welcomed in the community which allowed me to talk to many people with ease.

David and Jeff spent a week in Kinngait (Cape Dorset) running the Raise Your Voice: Self-Advocacy Workshop in the schools. They battled near blizzard conditions all week walking through town. One of the highlights was providing food supplies to make pizzas with young people at the youth centre. David and Jeff were also excited to be able to leave their handprints on the wall where others had. The youth drop in-pop and talk is a great mental health event held every second Thursday to give youth a space to speak about their issues in a safe and supported place.

It was an exciting time for Diana and Kim while in Whale Cove as there were a few polar bears in the area. They would like to thanks the community members who drove them from place to place making sure they were safe. Also, a big thank you to the young people who came to the youth centre and took part in a yo-yo contest.

David travelled to both Gjoa Haven and Kugaaruk to deliver the Raise Your Voice: Self-Advocacy Workshop and meet with community members. He saw several fantastic programs being delivered in each school and hopes to return to meet more youth and spread awareness of child rights and the RCYO!