Life in the North
Gaps in education
Access to safe spaces and healthy food
The youth in these communities are among the most vulnerable in Canada, but they have little to no access to programs, supports or safe spaces. The Arctic Rose Foundation seeks to help address these challenges.
The legacy of the residential school system has left a mark on families who struggle with social issues as well as having the highest rate of suicides.
The population growth rate in Nunavut is three times the national average. The stress on the system creates many challenges.
Health and wellness
Northerners face challenges due to income and housing discrepancies, access to healthy food, and culturally relevant mental health counselling
Another pressing reality in many northern communities is a lack of housing resulting in over-crowding in many homes, and a shortage of safe spaces for programs. The majority of our current participants come from overcrowded homes where they don’t have their own space, and almost 100% of our participants have experienced or witnessed abuse in some form. By offering them their own space that they control, they are given power and choice: control over their project and creations, thus helping to awaken their own sense of power. They are also taught healthy interactions with adults and peers, and strategies to cope with the challenges they face. Furthermore, this project provides families with respite by providing safe, supervised after-school programs in welcoming and creative spaces.
Education is consistently an issue that is flagged by government and community-based organizations and individuals alike. As detailed, in an indictment of Indigenous Services, in the Spring 2018 Reports from the Auditor General regarding socio-economic gaps on First Nations, the Department lists education as critical to improving well-being in communities, yet the gaps in high school graduation rates is increasing in Indigenous communities. One reason for this is lack of meaningful engagement by the department with the communities in order to improve services. Money is provided, however opportunities to meaningfully transform education, and work in partnership with the community providers, is not. The Arctic Rose Foundation works with the community school to ensure the program is directed by the community and its participants.
We believe that providing creative and culturally relevant after-school programs, combined with a supportive network of peers and staff, youth will become more engaged in their education which will help support their future success. The ARF is conducting research and tracking participant outcomes for all its programs.
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The Arctic Rose Foundation is a charitable organization that was created by Susan Aglukark in 2012, and officially designated as a not for profit organization in October 2016.
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