Seemingly simple experiences can make such a big difference. Youth programs centred on self-examination and confidence building — such as on-the-land experiential programs, canoe trips, backpacking treks, sailing adventures, cultural immersions, special needs camps, international programs, and others — have an immeasurable positive impact. The Ayalik Fund was created to enable Inuit youth from Nunavut to benefit from such experiences, in order to help them find the maturity, confidence, and success that Eric achieved.
The Ayalik Fund has local liaison volunteers on the ground in several Nunavut communities, at present eleven and growing. With some guidance from the Ayalik Fund, these volunteers identify Inuit youth who fit the Ayalik Fund criteria: kids who are likely to benefit from the opportunity, and need the boost in self-confidence; kids who would otherwise not have such opportunities. For more detail, please see: Criteria for Grants. Every effort is made to match participants to suitable programs, allowing the individual youth to choose from the ever-expanding suite of available possibilities (see Youth Programs).
Each year, depending on funds and program options available, the Ayalik Fund grants approximately $100,000 toward participation of Inuit youth. This allows us to send 20 or more youths to a variety of programs. Administrative costs for the Ayalik Fund are subsidized; every dollar donated works directly to support Inuit youth, one child at a time. Laurie and David are happy to discuss financial details further with any donor – please contact us directly.
The Ayalik Fund gives Inuit youth who would otherwise not have such opportunities a chance to build self-esteem and confidence through challenging outdoor adventure, meeting other young Canadians, and social-cultural exploration.