ᑲᒪᔩᑦ (Kamajiit) Program
The Kamajiit (Caretakers) Program is a youth leadership development program designed to mitigate the root causes of high school dropout rates in three communities in Nunavut.
The program offers access to healthy food, clothing, hygiene products, as well as hands-on creative activities grounded in Inuit culture and language for youth in Grade 12. Youth are also given access to mentors and local job opportunities.
The program is a Laureate of the 2019 Arctic Inspiration prize.
About the Arctic Inspiration Prize: As the largest annual prize in Canada with a focus on the Arctic, the Arctic Inspiration Prize (AIP) encourages, enables and celebrates the inspiring achievements of the people of the North. The AIP recognizes diverse teams and enables their innovative projects in the fields of education, sustainable housing, community economic development, health, performing arts, traditional knowledge, language, and science. Each year, the AIP awards up to $3 million: one $1 million prize, up to four prizes of up to $500,000 each, and up to seven youth prizes of up to $100,000 each.
The AIP is owned and governed by the northern-led AIP Charitable Trust and supported by Indigenous organizations, governments, industry, philanthropy, and many other partners from the North and South, with management support provided by the Rideau Hall Foundation.
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The Arctic Rose Foundation is a charitable organization that grew out of the Arctic Rose Project, started by Inuk singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark in 2012. Officially designated as a registered charity in 2016, and incorporated in 2020, the Arctic Rose Foundation works to support Northern Inuit, First Nations and Métis youth through the creation of Indigenous-led, arts-based after school programs, and other engaging cultural and creative projects.