Inuuqatigiit Centre supports Inuit children and youth in Ottawa, to be strong, healthy and proud community members with knowledge of their culture, connection to the local Inuit community, equitable access to services and supported by their families. We do this through culturally strength-based programs and individualized services for the children, youth and their families that improve their ability to live a good life. All of our programs and advocacy work are rooted in the components of head start and guided by the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles.
We are committed to building strength and resiliency within families and within the Inuit community. We believe that families who are healthy and strong are able to raise healthy and strong children.
Tapping into the strengths of families from a place of resiliency and capability is a philosophy that permeates all of Inuuqatigiit programs. The staff of the Inuuqatigiit Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families supports the belief that it is a parent’s right and responsibility to be involved in all aspects of the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of their child’s programming.
The philosophy of the Inuuqatigiit is holistic, child-centred and community driven. We recognize that serving a child means serving a family. On a daily basis, we provide a multitude of family support services that includes but is not limited to one on one support, court accompaniment, Children’s Aid Society access visits, individual advocacy and referrals. Our approach is to support a family on their journey to physical, spiritual and emotional well-being by providing a caring, supportive and culturally based hub of services that meets their individual needs.