Grants

Winter Camp – Detah, NWT

March 2017



Chloe Kilaodluk (12) & Kyla Komatsuit (13), from Cambridge Bay, flew to Yellowknife to join a Northern Youth Leadership camp involving Dene and Inuvialuit girls from across NWT. During their week in camp, the girls enjoyed a full program of new exciting activities: fishing through the ice (with great success!), preparation of traditional medicines, ptarmigan hunting, preparation of caribou skins, beading, cross-country skiing (with former Olympian Sharon Firth), traditional games, yoga, snowshoeing, and evenings of personal exploration through group discussion around the campfire. “I would love to come again,” said Chloe after the camp. And Kyla added: “Another camp? Yes!”

Chloe Kilaodluk (left) & Kyla Komatsuit

Chloe Kilaodluk with ptarmigan

Kyla Komatsuit scraping caribou hide

Kyla Komatsuit jumping for joy!



Encounters with Canada

March 2017



Candace Hiqiniq & Sheridan Kamookak, two Inuit youths age 14 from Gjoa Haven, travelled down to Ottawa, to participate in a week-long national program designed to introduce high school students to their peers from across Canada and to their nation’s capital. The girls selected the week with a theme of “Medicine & Health.” To watch a short (two-minute) video of the girls, click on the video above.

Click here for more information about Encounters with Canada.

Sheridan Kamookak (left) & Candace Hiqiniq in Ottawa



Traditional Drum Camp - Fort Simpson, NWT

October 2016



Corbyn Kavanna-Klengenberg and Dylan Evetalegak, both 14, from Cambridge Bay, participated in a Northern Youth Leadership traditional drum camp with a group of Dene and Inuvialuit youth. Each participant made his own drum and learned about the role of the drum in northern culture.”

Corbyn working on his drum

Dylan working on his drum



Encounters with Canada

September 2016

Nathaniel Anaittuq (left) and Michael Calvin Aqilriaq, both 14, from Gjoa Haven, Nunavut

Two Inuit youths from Gjoa Haven -- the first Ayalik Fund students from Gjoa Haven -- travelled down to Ottawa, to participate in a week-long national program designed to introduce high school students to their peers from across Canada and to their nation’s capital.

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The whole group of students from across Canada


Canoe Trip – Algonquin Park, Ontario

July–August 2016

Erika(left) & Annie at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto


Erika MacPherson Otokiak (16) and Annie Aktologaknak Haongak (15), both from Cambridge Bay, joined an Outward Bound Canada13-day canoe trip in Algonquin Park’s back-country. On their way to join the other youth participants, they spent a day in Toronto with an Outward Bound instructor, experiencing a big city for the first time, with visits to the CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum, before they headed north to Algonquin Park.

The funds to support Erika’s participation in this expedition were provided by the organizers and participants of the 2016 Wilderness & Canoe Symposium.

Click here to read the letters from Annie and Erika.

Annie (left) and Erika nearby Toronto’s CN Tower, en route to Algonquin Park

Annie (bow) and Erika (stern) on their canoe trip in Algonquin Park.

Annie at the end of a portage


Annie canoeing with a fellow camper

Erika proudly portaging her 70lb canoe

The whole team enjoying their day on the water


Canoe Trip – Great Slave Lake, NWT

July–August 2016

Ernestine in the bow of her canoe on Great Slave Lake.

Ernestine Lyall, 13, from Cambridge Bay, participated in a Northern Youth Leadership girls-only canoe trip on the North Arm of Great Slave Lake, from Behchokǫ to Yellowknife. She flew to Yellowknife, then joined a group of Dene and Inuvialuit girls for ten days of canoeing, camping, learning land-skills, hiking, swimming, and so much more. After this experience, Ernestine said that the biggest challenge for her was “being myself.”

Ernestine (front) with her new friends on the canoe trip



Sea-Kayak Expedition – Clayoquot Sound, BC

July 2016


Evik (left) and Robert doing some volunteer work during Cambridge Bay's spring clean-up as a way to earn their Ayalik Fund t-shirts for their upcoming summer trip.

Robert Taptoona and Evik Evetalegak, both 15 from Cambridge Bay, joined an Outward Bound Canada 13-day sea-kayak expedition on the west coast of Vancouver Island. On their way to join the other youth participants, they spent two days in Vancouver with an Outward Bound instructor, experiencing a big city for the first time.


Robert (left) and Evik exploring the beach in Vancouver, en route to joining their sea-kayak expedition in Clayoquot Sound.

Evik discovering a new sea creature - is it edible?

Evik showing his skills in a sea-kayak

Robert taking a break during a day on the water

The expedition team getting ready to depart



Gana River Camp – Mackenzie Mountains, NWT

June-July 2016

Carter Ehaloak and Roy Nanogak, both 13, from Cambridge Bay, participated in a Northern Youth Leadership traditional skills wilderness camp program in the remote and scenic Mackenzie Mountains, west of Norman Wells, NWT. The two boys flew to Yellowknife, then joined a group of Dene and Inuvialuit boys for eight days of camping, land skills, hiking, canoeing, swimming, learning traditional skills from elders, and so much more.
The two boys, Carter (orange t-shirt) and Roy (red ball cap) on top of a mountain – achieving new heights.

Carter (orange) and Roy (red) discovering lots of new things, including trees big enough to climb!

After this experience, Carter said that climbing a mountain was both the biggest challenge and his favourite part. Both boys said they would like to come back, and eventually participate in NYL’s “Leader in Training “ program. Afterward, Carter’s mother wrote to the Ayalik Fund to say: “Carter does not have opportunities to do things like this. Words cannot express how appreciative we are. He came back turned into a respectful young man. Thank you.”

Roy (left) and Carter swimming in the mountain lake.

Carter and Roy - their first time in a canoe

Roy (left) and Carter, back home in Cambridge Bay after their trip, proudly wearing their Ayalik Fund t-shirts.


Encounters with Canada

February 2016

Sebastian Hogaluk Malone, Lee Ann Ekpakohalok, Ethan Gillis-Kaiyogana (L to R)

Three Inuit youths, Sebastian Hogaluk Malone (15), Lee Ann Ekpakohalok (16), Ethan Gillis-Kaiyogana (16), from Cambridge Bay travelled down to Ottawa, supported by grants from the Ayalik Fund, to participate in a week-long national program designed to introduce senior high school students to their peers from across Canada and to their nation’s capital. We have heard back that the threesome “had a blast and that the trip really opened their eyes to another world!”

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The Ayalik Fund's First Grants

August 2015

This summer, the Ayalik Fund’s first grants provided two Inuit youth with the experience of a lifetime on an expedition organized by Outward Bound Canada in the Rocky Mountains. To see the report from Outward Bound, click here. Shania Angohiatok and Ian Kavanna, both sixteen, flew from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut down south (for the first time!) to Calgary, where they joined other youths from across Canada and from London, England.

Ian Kavanna


Shania Angohiatok

Together, this diverse group of teenagers hiked through the wilderness foothills of the Rockies, carrying all their gear and food; they learned to work together and to meet their personal challenges during an arduous back-country adventure. Such an experience cannot fail to broaden horizons, to build self-confidence and self-esteem.


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