Nunavut grapples with one of the world’s highest suicide rates, casting a shadow over the entire Territory.
The profound grief experienced by those left behind is complex, and without adequate support, individuals can feel isolated and find themselves at risk. This crisis not only impacts families but reverberates throughout communities, making collective support critical.
In many Nunavut communities, resources and support are scarce, compounding the challenges faced by grieving families. Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Katujjiqatigiit (“Embrace Life Council”) has taken on the initiative of assembling and distributing Grief Care Packages as a way to connect with families to show compassion and empathy and offer much needed support after a tragic loss.
Funding provided through the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund (IRF) ensures the continuous procurement and distribution of these packages. The Care Packages go beyond conventional support by including self-care items like foot soaks and healing stones, and materials for cultural activities such as mitts making patterns, sealskin and fur, fish jigging kits, and beads.
The hope is that these packages become helpful coping tools, fostering community building and supporting families with care and sensitivity. In the spirit of reconciliation, the packages offer solace and a pathway to healing for those navigating the challenging landscape of grief in Nunavut.
Archdiocese of Toronto