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NEWS: Nunavut December 07, 2011 - 10:01 am

Tides Canada puts Ilisaqsivik on its Top 10 list

Nunavut centre among Canada's "most innovative and forward-thinking projects"

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Jusa Iqaqrialu, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative co-ordinator at the Ilisaqsivik Society, teaches about diabetes during its annual cultural and wellness retreat in September. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ILISAQSIVIK)
Jusa Iqaqrialu, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative co-ordinator at the Ilisaqsivik Society, teaches about diabetes during its annual cultural and wellness retreat in September. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ILISAQSIVIK)

Clyde River’s Ilisaqsivik Society received some unexpected recognition this week, when Tides Canada, the country’s largest public foundation dedicated to the environment and social justice, listed the centre among its “Top 10 recipients for 2011.”

The Tides Top 10 recognizes Canada’s “most innovative and forward-thinking projects and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision and real-world impact in addressing today’s most pressing environmental and social problems,” said a news release from the organization.

The honour doesn’t come with any money attached — but it’s intended to generate interest for Ilisaqsivik among potential donors and supporters.

Jakob Gearheard, Ilisaqsivik’s executive director, said “we are very happy to be recognized by Tides Canada for our work to promote a strong and healthy community in Clyde River.”

Ilisaqsivik was chosen for:

• creating a place for the community in Clyde River to learn and be actively involved in Inuit culture, developing programs on the premise that “the people themselves know best;”

• engaging all parts of the community – from Inuktitut language classes, to Inuit youth summer work experience programs and traditional hunting training;

• teaching that wellness often begins with changes to one’s thinking and actions – with the goal to better relationships, with oneself, with family and with the community.

Since 2003, Tides Canada has annually recognized 10 organizations that inspire people to take action and think in new ways to address environmental and social issues across Canada.

Visit http://www.tidescanada.org/tidestop10 to learn more about the Tides Top 10, view videos and images of their work — or to donate money.

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