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The Nunavut Program

CHEO is committed to a collaborative partnership supporting children and youth from the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut with Ottawa Health Service Network Inc., the Government of Nunavut and other local Ottawa Inuit Organizations

CHEO’s Partnership acknowledges

  • A shared commitment:
    To the health and well-being of the children and youth living in or from the Qikiqtaaluk region
  • A shared goal:
    To provide quality care that is coordinated both in Ottawa and in Nunavut
  • A shared respect:
    For the rich Inuit culture and the importance of providing appropriate care and support
  • A shared responsibility:
    Led by Nunavut colleagues and service partners, to improve capacity to meet pediatric health and health care needs both in Ottawa and in Qikiqtaaluk

The partnership is grounded in Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: the values that are understood to be “the Inuit way of doing things: the past, present and future knowledge, experience and values of Inuit society”.

  • ᐃᓅᖃᑎᒌᑦᓯᐊᕐᓂᖅ | Inuuqatigiitsiarniq | Respecting others, relationships and caring for people.
  • ᑐᙵᓇᕐᓂᖅ | Tunnganarniq | Fostering good spirit by being open, welcoming and inclusive.
  • ᐱᔨᑦᓯᕐᓂᖅ | Pijitsirniq | Serving and providing for family and/or community.
  • ᐊᔩᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᖅ | Ajiiqatigiinniq | Decision making through discussion and consensus.
  • ᐱᓕᒻᒪᒃᓴᕐᓂᖅ/ᐱᔭᕆᐊᖅᓴᕐᓂᖅ | Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariaqsarniq | Development of skills through observation, mentoring, practice, and effort.
  • ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᖅ/ᐃᑲᔪᖃᑎᒌᖕᓂᖅ | Piliriqatigiingniq / Ikajuqatigiingniq | Working together for a common cause.
  • ᖃᓄᖅᑑᕐᓂᖅ | Qanuqtuurniq | Being innovative and resourceful. ᐊᕙᑎᑦᑎᓐᓂᒃ ᑲᒪᑦᓯᐊᕐᓂᖅ | Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq | Respect and care for the land, animals and the environment.


The landscape in Nunavut during the fall with clear blue skies and hills

 Photograph by Michael H. Davies, used with permission by author


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