TUNGASUVVINGAT INUIT Tungasuvvingat
Inuit (TI) aims at empowering and enhancing the lives of Inuit. Since 1987, TI has been operating in Ottawa as a community-based
counselling and resource centre.
TI offers a supportive environment that attempts to duplicate the community spirit and cultural surrounding of the Inuit homelands. Visitors at the drop-in centre can make tea and bannock; catch up on news from home by reading northern newspapers, and socialize with other Inuit.
On the third Thursday of every month, Tungasuvvingat Inuit hosts a community feast. Inuit from all over Ottawa join us to celebrate our culture and camaraderie/fellowship within the community. The monthly feast features “country” foods as well as healthy food choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
During the feasts Inuit enjoy the opportunity to learn about programs offered by TI. Information and discussions are also promoted to encourage individuals in making healthy lifestyle choices, eating healthy foods, and getting active. This free exchange of ideas in information supports knowledge gain for prevention of diabetes, as well as achieving healthy weights.
TI’s community feast is made possible with funding from the Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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TI is the only organization of its kind in Ontario and as a result it is called upon to provide advice and support to other agencies across the province and country (eg. shelters, courts, hospitals, schools.) For these agencies, TI provides:
information on Inuit culture and values
resource information for Inuit specific programming
understanding of *Inuit Rights in the City
information on financial assistance for Inuit post-secondary students
TI focuses on providing clients with programs and services that:
include Inuit country food
assists with the adjustment to an urban centre
maintain client confidentiality
promotes individual and community healing through culturally appropriate programming
provides a place for Inuit to gather with other Inuit
TI's programs and services are possible with the support of our sponsors