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.

Her Royal Highness
Princess Anne

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.”

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.

Feb 7 Inuit Day
1 to 4 pm

Come out to celebrate Inuit Day at the OICC. It’s a family event with Inuit games, elder’s tent, throat singing, palaugaaq, quaq, and community. All are welcome. Dress warmly as we are outdoors for the entire time. Saturday Feb 7, 2015 from 1 to 4 pm.
Call Natalie for more information.

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 Agency language lessons, Saturday morning lessons and to visit our Resource Library! Our lending library is available to community organizations and local schools.

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.

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.

Natalie speaks on building wellness and cultural identity

On February 13, 2014, CYCC held their second Wisdom2Action event here in Ottawa. OICC was invited to be there and asked to speak on how we have successfully woven Inuit Culture into our Early Years and Youth programs to help build wellness and a strong sense of cultural identity into our programs. For more information, check out the cyccnetwork.org.

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!