It is thanks to a passionate group of volunteers that Nurrait|Jeunes Karibus exists. Without their time, generosity and passion for what they do with Nunavik youth, none of our work would be possible.
The coordination team works year-round to ensure every community has the resources and support necessary to carry out programming. Their constant brainstorming also means the improving existing programs and creating new projects.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTION COORDINATOR
It all started with an idea, motivation, and engagement.
2013-2014 Projet-Karibu – a source of inspiration In 2013-14, four adventurers - Bruno-Pierre Couture, Marie-Andrée Fortin, Jacob Racine and Sébastien Dugas - skied from Montréal to Kuujjuaq. Called Projet-Karibu, their trip inspired a group of Kuujjuaq youth, who wanted to spend more time out on the vast land of Nunavik, under their own power.
2014-2015 Kuujjuaq pilot project Spurred by the enthusiasm for Projet Karibu, we designed an annual leadership program with the objective of getting youth outside to train for and take part in a year-end ski expedition. Throughout that year 15 students took part in programming, and 7 actually went on the expedition.
2015-2016 Expansion of the program to 4 communities The success of the pilot project lead to the creation of the non-profit entity Nurrait | Jeunes Karibus. The project expanded into 4 northern communities, making it available to a greater number of participants. Some 50 youth took part over the course of the year, 30 of whom also did the culminating expedition. That year also marked the beginning of a collaboration between Nurrait | Jeunes Karibus and Parcs Nunavik.
2016-2017 Expansion of the program to 7 communities Riding a wave of success from the previous year, in 2016-17 Nurrait | Jeunes Karibus was able to reach 7 Nunavik communities, and attempted to standardize programming across the board. Some 45 students took part in expeditions on the Hudson and Ungava coasts, while 70 participated in the year long program.
2017-2018 Expansion of the program to 11 communities Given the success of Nurrait, it was time to establish a more solid base. This meant setting up an official coordination team, and finally offering programming to all 14 communities, 11 of which signed on. One community dropped out in the fall of 2017, but the remaining 10 continued all the way to the expedition. In the end, some 43 students from nine communities took part in three expeditions in Nunavik’s parks. Over the course of the year, 140 students from across the region took part in programming.