Tukimut Afterschool Program

Providing cultural, educational, and recreational activities for Inuit in grades 1 to 8.

Tukimut Afterschool program supports Inuit youth from ages 6-13 throughout the school year.

The program runs three nights a week from 4-7 pm with each night focusing on a different topic. Mondays are focused on culture with some homework support; Tuesdays we focus on active living with healthy eating; and Thursdays we focus on art and creativity.

Tukimut provides healthy meals and also transportation for those who don’t have any other way of getting to the program.

Each year we have graduating youth coming back and volunteering with the program.

Some of our popular activities:

Homework clubs • Culture nights • Recreation nights • Healthy food • Art classes • Flotilla for Friendship • Police/Youth Soccer Mentorship Program • Youth Steering Committee

Tukimut Rap Song: Take a listen to this song written by the youth. Back up vocals, beat boxing, and drums provided by the AAC.
Recorded and back beat by Mosha Folger.

2017 Highlights:

by Larysa Voss
Happy New Year from Tukimut! It has been an exciting year for the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre’s Tukimut Program.
I will be stepping out of my role as Tukimut Coordinator. Thank you for all the memories, laughter and learning experiences! I could not completely tear myself away (it would be too heart breaking) so I will happily be returning to Tukimut as an Art Teacher on Wednesday evenings.

I am very very happy to announce that in 2018 Tukimut will be led by the charismatic, caring and talented Interim Coordinator Jasmine Doig! Most of you know her well. She has not only grown up in the program but she has worked with the Tukimut kids and the community for many years so I am confident she is going to be an incredibly positive force for the program, a dedicated advocate for our youth!

New Year’s is also about reflection! Looking back on 2017:
We are so thankful for the amazing Youth Workers and Elders, and the incredible opportunities our youth have had to exhibit, perform and go on one of a kind field trips. Thank you for all your support as well!
Tukimut youth have had many opportunities to have their voices heard and their talent’s appreciated:

Our middle year’s art (the collaborative Polar Bear art piece and stencils) is currently on display at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario! Wyatt Boyd, the teacher involved with the project, will also be leaving after many years. Please wish him well when you see him! Tukimut youth’s art has also been exhibited in the OSA’s (Ottawa School of Art): Little Big Show in 2016 , 8×8 Show in 2017, and will once again be displayed at the OSA youth show in March of 2018.
APTN News joined Tukimut last school year and TVO Kids filmed the show Raven’s Quest (stay tuned for details on when the show will be on TV in 2018).
Thanks to Kayla, Youth created and wrote Valentine’s Day cards for Have a Heart Day – advocating for all indigenous youth’s rights to accessible healthcare and quality education. Two Tukimut participants throat sang and another read the cards out in Inuktitut at a gathering at Parliament Hill before the cards were passed to Prime Minister Trudeau.

In December our group made it passed the gate and performed inside Parliament for Senators in front of a gorgeous Christmas tree, thanks to an invitation from Senator Patterson, Senator of Nunavut.
I have many fond memories of playing two truths and a lie, sand man and pizza with everyone, but I am especially fond of my memories of playing (and often being beaten by youth) at Inuit Games.

One of the highlights of the this year was visiting the Arctic Exhibition at the Museum of Nature where educators and Senator Patterson told some incredible stories and let us touch the unbelievable growing ice and projection wall! Watching the group having fun running around, hiding in the ice wall and taking pride in recognizing all the animals, facts and objects on display was a delight!

Over the course of 2017, we watched the young ones deepen their cultural knowledge through art, sciences, storytelling and play – thanks in large part Elders joining our program! Uqitjuatsi, Julie, Serapio, Maria, Ernie and July’s deep knowledge, care for the Tukimut kids, and their dedication to teaching touched my heart, and really helped support the youth this year.

Brandon, Simon and I loved getting to know each of the Tukimut kids throughout the after school program. I learn so much from them every day!

I look forward to seeing you at community events in 2018.
ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒃ (Nakurmiik), farewell, and see you all soon,
Larysa Voss and the Tukimut Team!


Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
United Way/Centraide Ottawa

For more information, call Manager of Youth Programs: Lynda Brown, 613-746-5400, ext. 223 lbrown@ottawainuitchildrens.com

Link to Tukimut Family Handbook