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.

OICC Committees

The Board of Directors of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre has formed the following committees to do some important work this year. We would like to invite parents to contact us if you are interested in joining any of these committees.

Winter Session starts
January 14th

EVERYONE WELCOME! OICC will be offering:
(1) Family Class for children ages 5 to 12; (2) Adult Beginner Class for age 13 and up.
Saturdays 10 am to noon. Beginning January 14 to March 25, 2017, at W.E. Gowling PS, 250 Anna Ave. Register with Ooloosie by phone 613-744-3133, extension 249.

Inunnguiniq Parenting Program

The parenting program is culturally specific and respects the parenting styles and needs of parents/guardians raising Inuit children in an urban setting. The focus is to provide services parents/guardians want and need to so they can raise confident, capable, and proud Inuit children. For inquiries or an appointment, call Trudy Metcalfe, 613-744-3133, ext. 219

Culture and Indigenous Youth: A Pathway to Wellbeing

Don’t miss our upcoming Speaker Series event in partnership with the City of Ottawa Aboriginal Working Committee. Speaker Series Invitation, Tuesday, February 14th from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. Coffee at 8:00 am, program starts at 8:30 am at City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers).

Sananguaq Youth Small Business Art Studio

Mondays throatsinging. Tuesdays drum making. Wednesdays beading. Thursdays printmaking and painting. 4 to 6 pm. Check the monthly calendar for details. Art Studio located at 76 Queen Mary St. For youth 13 to 18. Funded by OFIFC. Call Charlotte to register.

Hope For Wellness

On June 13, the Government of Canada funded the creation of a national toll-free First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line. The Help Line, which is already operational, provides immediate, culturally competent, telephone crisis intervention counselling support for First Nations and Inuit, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Counsellors can also work with callers to identify follow-up services they can access. Service is available in Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut, English and French.

In 2018, all child and family programs, called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs), funded by the Province will become part of one unified system for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. The new centres will offer programs and services for children and their caregivers, i.e. playgroups, information workshops, and referrals to specialized services. The City of Ottawa wants community partners, parents and caregivers to take part in the OEYCFCs planning. Participate by completing an online survey before February 20, 2017! The online survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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. Would you like a presentation for your school or classroom? For more information, call Kayla. 613-744-3133 ext 214.


Your Opinion is Needed

ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᓂᖅ ᐱᑦᑎᐊᕐᑕᐅᖏᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᓂᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᓂᕐᓄᑦ ᐋᑐᕚ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐊᓂᒃ. The OICC is doing research on violence and abuse issues in the Ottawa Inuit community and would like to hear from you.. ᐋᑐᕚ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓱᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ ᐱᓕᕆᕝᕕᒃ ᖃᐅᔨᓴᐃᔪ ᐱᑦᑎᐊᕐᑕᐅᖏᑦᑐᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐱᓂᕐᓗᒃᑕᐅᔪᓄᑦ ᐋᑐᕚ ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᓄᓇᓕᐊᓂᒃ ᐊᒻᒪ ᐃᓕᒃᓯᓐᓂᒃ ᑐᓴᕈᒪᓪᓗᑕ. The information we collect will be used to improve services provided by Ottawa agencies such as the police, justice services, health care providers and social services organizations.

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.

Video by First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

Reconciliation Begins with You and Me. Follow the link below and begin to think about what each of us can do to contribute to Canada’s reconciliation with the First Nations, Metis and Inuit. Educate, discuss, and open your minds an hearts, just as the children on this video have.

Welcome to The Ottawa Inuit Children's Centre!