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Ayalik Fund seeks out programs which will foster new levels of self-confidence in our youth. The photo above says it all: these boys have achieved new heights beyond their imagination. We firmly believe that challenging activity – physically, socially, emotionally challenging – most especially in the wilderness, serves to build self-esteem. Accordingly, we have sent youth to all of these programs. We continue in that vein, and are always looking out for new possibilities. For more specific information, photos, and quotes from past participants, click on the logos below.

In our very first year, just a few months after inception, the Ayalik Fund sent two youths to an Outward Bound program in the Rockies. Ian Kavanna and Shania Angohiatok were 16 at the time, in 2015, recipients of the Ayalik Fund’s first grants. They are still talking, with pride, about their achievement that summer – they joined a group of other youth, and trekked into the high country near Banff, Alberta, carrying all the gear and food on their backs, learning to work together and to meet some personal challenges, as they broadened their horizons and developed new levels of self-confidence. Afterward, Ian wrote us a short note:

Since then, the Ayalik Fund has sent many more youths on similar trips every year. In total, now, several dozen youths from Nunavut have climbed mountains, canoed on barrenland rivers and in Algonquin Park, sea-kayaked in Clayoquot Sound, sailed in a tall-ship, learned traditional skills, sometimes winter camping and sometimes swimming in warm summer lakes, explored potential careers and new frontiers, always making new friends and discovering new strengths within themselves.

Tap or click on each of the logos below for more information

Tall Ships Expeditions Canada
Northern Youth
Encounters With Canada

Canadian Canoe Foundation (Coppermine River 2018)
Outward Bound Canada
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