QPID expanded its projects into Nunavut for the first time in the summer of 2000 by sending interns to help run literacy camps. Although the camp locations have changed over the years, QPID’s relationship with Nunavut remains strong in 2016.
In Nunavut, QPID partners with the Hamlet of Arviat. For two months, QPID interns organize and run a cost free day camp as a healthy and safe summer recreational alternative for a community that has a high proportion of children and teenagers. Youth participate in interactive workshops for literacy in English and Inuktitut, physical education, lake safety, and healthy eating options. As well, QPID interns supervise physical activities at the community gym, arts and crafts workshops, and provide swimming lessons. QPID hires local students in the region as camp leaders in order to incorporate the Inuktitut language and the Inuit culture within camp activities. This network between older and younger generations provides a safe environment to learn leadership and team building skills as well as allow community members to recognize leaders in their own community.
For the summer of 2016, we are sending 2 interns to run the summer camp from mid-June to mid-August. They have already started working closely with the Hamlet of Arviat to plan the activities for the summer. They are also planning on filming a documentary during their time in Arviat to document the way of life as well as the work that QPID has been doing.