What is The Big Social? The Big Social is a cross-Canada food party that happens right in your own home or workplace. In Iqaluit, the event raises money for the Qajuqturvik Food Centre so we can give our community members better access to healthy food and programs that change lives.
How do you participate?
- Go to www.bigsocial.ca to register to host a meal in your home or workplace between Nov. 1 and 10. You could host a potluck, throw a dinner party, enlist your coworkers over lunch, or enjoy a family dinner with a higher cause. You could also join our own Big Social event as a guest – we’re hosting a dinner, comedy & trivia night!
- Set a fundraising goal for your meal.
- Invite your guests to attend, and ask them to make a donation instead of bringing a gift.
- Entertain some good!
Why join in? Because you love to bring people together over food. And because you want to make a difference in the lives of Canadians who are struggling with poverty and food insecurity.
What’s food insecurity? Food insecurity happens when someone can’t afford or access the food they need. Four million people in Canada are food insecure. It means they have to choose between paying rent and buying food, or have to skip meals so their kids can eat. Food insecurity affects their physical health, their mental health, and their sense of belonging. Together, we can help change the story.
What impact can my event have? The money you raise during The Big Social gives Canadians living on low incomes better access to healthy food and programs that build health, belonging, and empowerment.
Why is eating together important? Coming together over a shared meal is a great way to connect with family, friends, and co-workers. It’s also good for your health! And it can be a great way to learn and share different traditions, cultures, and experiences.
How much of the money I raise stays in our community? 75% of the money you raised will be used to directly fund programs for our community. The remaining 25% of funds will support Community Food Centres Canada to build more Community Food Centres and power a good food movement across Canada.
While the majority of the dollars raised (75%) in the local community will be for investment in QFC programming, it is critical that a small portion of the funds raised go to support CFCC. The Big Social is an opportunity for diners to support both the important local priorities while also providing funds that will help CFCC to continue to grow the national movement into new communities. CFCC also obtains national corporate partners who then fund QFC programming.
What does Community Food Centres Canada do? Community Food Centres Canada is a national nonprofit that improves the health and well-being of low-income Canadians through the power of food. We’re active in close to 175 communities across Canada.
- we build community centres and programs that change lives through food;
- we support local organizations to make change in their communities and contribute to a growing national food movement;
- we advocate for policies that reduce poverty, food insecurity, and poor health.
On October 15 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., the Qajuqturvik Food Centre will host an Eat Think Vote event that will give members of the community an opportunity to discuss with federal candidates their parties’ plans to address food insecurity, poverty, and other issues in Iqaluit and across the territory. The event will have interpretation in Inuktut and English.
The Eat Think Vote event is one of dozens of similar events being hosted by individuals and organizations across Canada to put food and income issues on the table. The campaign is led by Food Secure Canada. This event is presented in partnership with Community Food Centres Canada.
Attendees: Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (NDP), Leona Aglukkaq (CPC), Megan Pizzo-Lyall (LPC)
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ᐊᑦᑑᑉᐱᕆ 15 7−ᒥ – 9−ᒧᓄᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ, ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕐᕖᑦ ᓂᕆᑎᑦᑎᓛᕐᖓᑕ ᐃᓱᒪᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᓪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᖃᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕋᒡᓇᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᑦ ᓂᕿᔅᓴᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥᑦ, ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓂᑦ, ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᒍᑕᐅᔪᓂᑦ. ᑐᓵᔨᖃᓛᖅᑐᑦ.
On September 15 from 12:00-2:00 p.m., the Food Centre will host a Vote PopUp event in its space at 655 Mattaaq Cres. Vote PopUps aim to increase voter engagement and turnout by demystifying the voting process for first-time and infrequent voters. The PopUp will create simulated polling station in advance of the election and offer community members an opportunity to learn and participate in a vote before heading to the polls. An engaged electorate is key in drawing federal attention to the territory.
The Vote PopUp initiative is led by Ryerson University’s Democratic Engagement Exchange, which is supporting dozens of community organizations across the country to host events. More than eight million eligible voters did not cast a ballot in the last federal election. A disproportionate number of non-voters are new Canadians, young people, and racialized or marginalized individuals. At less than 60% turnout in the last election, Nunavut has the lowest voter participation rate in the country.
Sept 15-Dec 14
Pre-apprentice kitchen training with Qajuqturvik Food Centre. We are looking for people to participate for twelve weeks.
- Nutrition, health, hygiene, kitchen organization and food safety
- Basic preparation of soups, vegetables, grains and pulses as well as country food and other meats, fish, and birds, sweets, breads, and desserts
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Info System (WHMIS); Food Handler Certification; Food Services Code (FPTFSC)
- Respecting schedules and workplace rules, following directions, working as part of a team, and developing personal accountability
- One week of work experience with a food services company or organization in Iqaluit
Your support from Qajuqturvik:
- Twelve weeks of intensive training in the kitchen, supported by classroom time and work experience
- Help and support finding stable employment in Iqaluit or elsewhere in Nunavut
- $15/hr training stipend
- The possibility of housing and/or childcare for the duration of the program
ᓰᑏᑉᐱᕆᒥ 15-ᑏᓰᑉᐱᕆᒧᑦ 14
ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᕆᔪᒪᔭᒥᓄᑦ ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕕᒻᒥ. ᕿᓂᕋᑦ 12−ᓄᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕋᔭᖅᑐᓂᑦ.
- ᓂᕿᑦᑎᐊᕙᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᑦ, ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖅᑕᐃᓕᒪᓂᕐᒥᑦ, ᓴᓗᒪᓂᕐᒥᑦ, ᑰᖃᕐᕕᓐᓂᑦ ᐋᖅᑭᓱᐃᑦᑎᐊᖅᓯᒪᓂᕐᒥᑦ ᓂᖀᓪᓗ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᕆᐊᖃᓐᖏᓐᓂᖏᓐᓂ
- ᖃᔪᓕᐅᕋᓱᐊᕐᓂᕐᒥᑦ, ᐱᕈᖅᑐᒥᓂᕐᓂᑦ, ᐸᓚᐅᒑᕐᓂᑦ ᑲᔪᕐᓂᑦ ᐅᖁᒪᐃᓂᖏᓐᓂᓪᓗ ᓂᕿᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᓪᓗ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ ᓂᕿᓂᑦ, ᐃᖃᓗᒥᓂᕐᓂᑦ, ᑎᒻᒥᐊᒥᓂᕐᓂᑦ, ᓰᕐᓇᖅᑐᓂᑦ, ᓂᐊᖃᐅᔭᓂᑦ ᓰᕐᓇᖅᑐᓕᐊᕆᓯᒪᔪᓂᓪᓗ
- ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᕕᓐᓂ ᐅᓗᕆᐊᓇᖅᑐᓕᕆᓂᕐᒥᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᓂᕐᒥᑦ (WHMIS); ᓂᕿᓕᕆᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᐸᐃᑉᐹᖃᕐᓂᖅ, ᓂᕿᓂᓪᓗ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᓂᒃᑯᑦ ᒪᓕᒐᕐᓂᑦ (FPTFSC)
- ᖃᖓᒃᑯᑦ ᓴᓇᒋᐊᖃᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᕕᓂᓪᓗ ᒪᓕᒐᕐᓂᑦ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖅ, ᑎᓕᔭᐅᔾᔪᑎᓂᑦ ᒪᓕᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᖅ, ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᖃᑎᖃᑦᑎᐊᕐᓂᒃ ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂ, ᐃᒻᒥᓂᓪᓗ ᐱᔪᓐᓇᖅᓯᕙᓪᔾᓕᐊᒐᓱᐊᕐᓂᖅ
- ᐊᑕᐅᓯᕐᒥᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᒥᑦ ᐱᓕᒻᒪᔅᓴᕋᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᔨᑦᑎᕋᕐᕕᐅᕙᑦᑐᓂᑦ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᕐᕕᓐᓂᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ
- ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ 12−ᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᑰᖃᕐᕕᒻᒥ, ᐃᓪᓗᕈᓯᕐᓂᓪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓗᓯ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᓕᒻᒪᓴᕐᓗᑎᓪᓗ
- ᐃᑲᔪᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᓗᑎᓪᓗ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᖅᓴᖅᓯᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᐃ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ ᐊᓯᐊᓂᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ
- $15/ᐃᑲᕐᕋᑕᒫᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᔅᓴᓗᑎᑦ
- ᐃᓪᓗᑖᖅᑎᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓕᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐸᐃᕆᕕᓐᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ
ᐱᖃᑕᐅᔪᒪᓐᓂᕈᕕᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᓗᑎᑦ email@example.com ᐅᖄᓚᓗᑎᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ 979-4863
The Tuesday following Black Friday is increasingly known as Giving Tuesday, a day to remind everyone of the importance of philanthropy right on the heels of consumerist frenzy. As a registered charity that depends largely on donations we definitely support that awareness, but if we are to expect people to open their wallets for our sake it would help if people knew where their money was going. To do so it’s important to know where we came from, and where we are going.
Several years ago our organization operated on a minuscule budget that went almost entirely to food and utility costs. Every single day, volunteers would prepare and serve a daily meal to the public. A few super-volunteers were able to be there five or more days a week and provide the organizational stability necessary to keep the place running smoothly. However, this eventually proved unsustainable, as some of these volunteers moved on and replacements proved difficult to find. The budget barely allowed for a part-time staff, but even this was not enough to keep up with the multitude of daily tasks. Burn-out among volunteers and board members was intense.
Eventually, a solution was found: There is no shortage of public funding for training and education, so the daily meals became a skills-building exercise for trainees directed by professional chefs. With a professional backbone, we noticed immediate benefits: there was less volunteer burn-out, more stability in facility maintenance and operation, and the quality of our meals increased so much that our daily visitors surged.
However, funding arrangements are often very specific and never quite cover anything. There is a whole range of costs that fall outside of of them, including ballooning expenses for food and maintenance. But more importantly, funding that is not restricted to a specific set of outcomes can be set aside and used towards our future aspirations.
There are many organizations that we emulate, including many in Nunavut such as Rankin Inlet’s Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre or the Cambridge Bay Community Wellness Centre, but the model we have found is the best fit for us is that of the Community Food Centre (CFC). This concept has been developed by Community Food Centres Canada and currently there exist ten officially designated CFCs in the country. We aim to be the eleventh.
What it means to be a CFC varies tremendously, and it will vary even more if we are to become the first in Northern Canada, but at its heart it bridges the very obvious need among many for better food access with the less obvious solution of personal empowerment, reduced isolation and increased advocacy on issues affecting the community. Our aim is to turn our Centre from a place of need to that of pride for the entire community.
If you are ever curious about who we are and what we hope to achieve, do not hesitate to stop in for a chat (bldg 655) or contact our ED at firstname.lastname@example.org. Without the community’s awareness and support, we can go nowhere. You can help us in a multitude of ways, by donating, volunteering, or simply spreading the message. Thank you for your support.
The Qajuqturvik Food Centre (QFC, formerly Qayuqtuvik Society) has been an integral component to the lives of Iqaluit’s most food insecure individuals for as long as most Iqalummiut can remember. While there have been multiple locations over the years, our basic mission has always been to provide a daily meal without judgement. For the past decade we have operated out of Building 655 next to the Anglican Cathedral, a facility that was custom-built for our needs and which has become a recognizable fixture in the community.
The generosity and volunteer effort of community members have been fundamental to the QFC’s ability to serve the community, both past and present. In recent years, the limits of a purely volunteer approach have become clear, so thanks to the efforts of Nunavummi Disabilities Makinnasuaqtiit Society (NDMS) Inclusion Café was formed, a social enterprise that dramatically increased both the quality and the quantity of food we could produce, and which supports in-demand work training and food skills development in the community. We are proud of our efforts and are driven by a desire to do more in our community. The daily meal will always continue, but we would like to expand to address some of the root causes of food insecurity faced by our guests. The additional programming we have developed over the years has supported community members, but has been limited by volunteer capacity and strained resources.
After years of fundraising efforts we have at last found ourselves in a position to hire dedicated operational staff, and we are excited about what we might accomplish in the future. With this new potential, the Board of Directors’ role is about to experience a fundamental shift from operations to strategy and oversight. With our newfound staffing situation, we are now seeking nominations to the board from those who may not have had the time to commit in the past. We are particularly in need of those whose background, professional or otherwise, affords them a strong insight into the issues contributing to food insecurity and their potential solutions.
We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on May 22nd where we will be electing our board of directors for the coming year. We invite not only those who are interested in becoming potential members but anyone who is interested to know more about our aspirations. We encourage you to share this invitation with anyone you feel might help us in our mission.