#CraftChange Partners: Tungasuvvingat Inuit

With nearly 30 years of highly successful experience in crafting the design, development, and delivery of a wide range of effective, client-centered services, Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI) is the lifeblood of our growing urban Inuit population in Ottawa. 

An estimated 3,000 Inuit call Ottawa-Gatineau home, making the National Capital Region the largest community of Inuit outside of the North.

TI has worked with almost all Inuit in our community, being there to welcome those unraveling the challenges of navigating urban living in the South, or those wishing to stay connected to their culture in the North.

TI is an Inuit-specific, provincial service provider that offers social support, cultural activities, counselling, and crisis intervention as a one-stop resource centre for the complex and evolving needs of Inuit in Ontario.

The Inuit are among those facing the hardest changes in their lifestyles across the world. Most Inuit faced severe cultural oppression, forced relocation, and even the systematic killing of their sled dogs in an attempt to be changed from nomadic lifestyles into settlements.

The struggles continue today, with many Inuit now being forced to leave their homes in the North in order for higher education, access to jobs, and better healthcare.

As a registered not-for-profit organization, TI is there to welcome those making the migration south. It offers more than 20 highly integrated, front-line services and, with the majority of its staff being Inuit, is the only Inuit-specific service organization of its kind in urban Canada. 

All of these facts are why we could not be happier to announce that Tungasuvvingat Inuit will be our #CraftChange Partner for part of 2017. During the months of April, May, and June, Maker House Co. will donate 2% of all sales will be donated to TI in order to help them continue to assist those in need. 

Learn more about Tungasuvvingat Inuit by visiting its website or watching the short video below.