ᑐᙵᓱᒋᑦᓯ tunngasugitsi Welcome!
Welcome to the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre, home of the Early Learning programs Sivummut Head Start and Tumiralaat Child Care; Youth programs like Bridging the Gap, the Tukimut After-school; and the Inuktitut language program, Uqausivut. In partnership with parents and the community, the OICC fosters strong and proud Inuit children, youth and families.
Call to All Inuit Youth!
Do you need volunteer hours? Would you like to learn how to write a resume? Learn how to get into postsecondary school? Do you need a safe place where you can hang out with friends? The OICC would like to invite all youth between the ages of 13-24 to attend our weekly Youth Steering Committee meetings. Every Friday, from 4:30-6:00, at our Youth Centre at 76 Queen Mary St.
A great day of Inuit food, music, games, and comradery was had by families and community participants at our 2015 Inuit Day celebration held on Saturday, February 7. A big appreciative ‘thank you’ goes to our generous sponsors: Aboriginal Best Start (City of Ottawa) via Makonsag and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Mark your calendar so as not to miss next years’!
Uqausivut, Lessons RETURN!
Are you interested in learning about the Inuit culture and language? Are you trying to integrate more Inuit culture into your teaching? We invite you to join us for Inuktitut language lessons and to visit our Resource Library for children and adult stories, reference books and videos! These are available to community organizations and local schools. Beginner classes on Wednesday evenings now available!
Her Royal Highness
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne honoured the OICC with a visit on November 11. Kevin MacLeod, the Canadian secretary, described the 2-day tour: “We will be focusing on those everyday heroes in Canadian society who do extraordinary things in building the future of our society who oftentimes go unnoticed and certainly oftentimes do not receive the credit they should.”
Project North and NHLPA’s Goals and Dreams Fund
When Michelle Valberg came up with an idea to send some used hockey equipment up north, she had no idea how it would blossom. On Monday, December 8, 2014, Project North donated $25,000 worth of equipment: 10 sleds and 10 sets of equipment to Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario and 25 sets of hockey equipment to OICC children.
Recommendations to the Province
An OICC report to the Ontario Ministry of Child and Youth Services who asked to develop recommendations for a provincial Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy from a research- and community-engagement process.
Learn Inuit Culture Online!
Our Inuit Cultural Online Resource, also known as ICOR, is undergoing some site development. It provides a central resource location for learning about Canadian Inuit culture and traditions. Its purpose is to offer a way of learning about what it means to be Inuit, including some basic vocabulary. Videos are available through this website.
Do you have questions about the Children’s Aid Society?
Would you like to learn more about fostering or adopting? Do you have an open file that you would like some support with?
Drop in to 76 Queen Mary Street any Friday between 1:30-4:00 to get answers from Heidi, the Inuit Liaison Worker.
OICC’s Bridging the Gap BTG
The BTG program supports Inuit students and parents; teaches Inuit culture and history; and assists teachers in meeting youths’ learning styles by building confidence and pathways to educational success. For information, call Rachel. 613-746-5400 ext 221.
Nomads From the Arctic
An article that explores some of our Ottawa Urban Inuit in the American Aljazeera’s magazine. This article highlights some of the challenges urban Inuit have had to overcome, and how they have come to realize that there is potential and value in everyone, including themselves.
The Aboriginal Best Start Committee Video
The Ottawa Aboriginal Best Start Committee is pleased to share “A Story of Impact”. It was created to promote awareness of Ottawa programs supporting Aboriginal children from 0-6 years. We hope you enjoy the video! When you have finished viewing it, please feel free to share it widely.
Propeller Dance –
Another wonderful project!
Propeller Dance is committed to providing accessible, inclusive and integrated dance training through its education and outreach initiatives. The programs are designed to serve those who are unable to take advantage of public dance progamming due to barriers related to travel, income, accessibility and exclusive dance teaching practices.
Go Shopping and automatically fundraise for the OICC!
Buy groceries, gas, clothing, and help raise funds for the OICC–automatically! It is all through a progam called FundScrip. You buy your favourite stores’ Gift Cards through FundScrip, OICC’s ID code 3VKC4R, then go shopping! It’s that easy. Call Sherry 613-744-3133, ext. 232. Please, consider fundraising with no donations or additional costs to you. Qujannamiik!!
Welcome to The Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre!