BACKPACKS FOR NAUJAAT, NUNAVUT

FINAL PROJECTS FOR 2019 – I DIDN’T KNOW CAMPAIGN

True North Aid is partnering with Naujaat, Nunavut to send backpacks filled with school supplies to Tunsarvik School. Backpacks and school supplies are often extremely expensive in the north and many families simply cannot afford them. Help True North Aid with the transportation costs associated with one of our final projects of 2019!

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Project Overview

Tusarvik School, located right on the Arctic Circle in Naujaat, Nunavut. We are a small school of 270 children and growing fast from Kindergarten to Grade 6. The school does its our very best to promote literacy in two languages with students and their families. Backpacks would be a great support to the students to help them take books back and forth to school, as well as school papers, art work, toys, and perhaps even snacks. None of the students have back packs so this will be a real treat for them! One of the greatest challenges in Naujaat is meeting basic needs: food and warm clothing, nice bedding and linens. Gifts outside of these basics are luxury items to our students and bring wonderful smiles all around.

The backpacks will be distributed during the school’s biweekly attendance award assemblies.

Backpacks are an essential tool for students in their:

  • learning and development
  • teaching responsibility for their belongings
  • gives them agency
  • allows them to take home important information such as homework, notes etc.

Mission & Goals

  • Provide 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to support children from K-6 who attend Tusarvik School in Naujaat, Nunavut.
  • Have librarian distribute backpacks at their biweekly attendance award assemblies

Who, What, Where & When

About Naujaat, Nunavut (formerly known as Repulse Bay) is an Inuit hamlet located on the shores of Hudson Bay. In Inuktitut, it’s name means “seagulls’ nesting place”). Transportation to the community is mainly by air, and by annual sealift. It currently has a population of 1100 people and relies much on traditional sealing, fishing, hunting, trapping and carving.

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