QCFC and Community Food Centres Canada announce new partnership

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Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre and Community Food Centres Canada announce new partnership

TORONTO – June 1, 2020 | Amid an ever-deepening food insecurity crisis, Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) is proud to announce the launch of the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre in Iqaluit — the first of its kind in the northern territory of Nunavut. 

The Qajuqturvik CFC joins 12 existing Community Food Centres across the country that bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. These centres offer programs, such as drop-in meals and community kitchens, that increase food access, build skills and connection. As part of the partnership, Community Food Centres Canada provides funding to support core operations and programming.  

During COVID-19, all Community Food Centres have had to shift focus to preparing healthy meals and food hampers for takeaway and delivery. Nearly half of all households in Nunavut experience food insecurity, more than any other jurisdiction in Canada. And that was prior to the COVID-19 crisis, which has brought with it a soaring unemployment rate and increased need for emergency food aid across the country.

”We have a unique food environment in Nunavut, and we require novel approaches to addressing food insecurity,” said Wade Thorhaug, Executive Director of the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre. “Community Food Centres Canada has been crucial in supporting us to build a place for people to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food in a healthy, dignified manner. Now more than ever, the vulnerability of our food systems is clear, and by advocating for change with CFCC we hope to come out of this pandemic with a fresh approach to food security for Nunavummiut and Canadians.”

“Food insecurity has long been a challenge in Canada’s northern communities — the current crisis has only magnified this reality,” said Nick Saul, CEO of Community Food Centres Canada. “We’ve been working with the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre for several years and we’re excited to officially celebrate the partnership today. We’re proud to both support and learn from them as part of CFCC’s commitment to investing in Indigenous communities, and look forward to working alongside them as they adapt the Community Food Centre model to meet the needs of their community, in these uncertain times and beyond.”

First established in the 1990s as a soup kitchen, the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre has been responsive to the community’s changing needs over time. In 2016, the centre shifted its focus toward empowering programs that increase access to healthy food, build food skills and foster a sense of community — from a pre-employment culinary skills training program to an after-school cooking class for kids. Then, in 2018, Qajuqturvik CFC formed a collaboration with Community Food Centres Canada to deepen this commitment to empowerment.

The Qajuqturvik CFC is the second Community Food Centre in an Indigenous community, the first in Inuit Nunangat and one of 25 partners in CFCC’s Indigenous Knowledge Sharing Group, which creates a space for our Indigenous partners to share the unique experiences of their communities as they work to develop a culturally relevant “place for food.” CFCC has also provided grants to Indigenous communities through its Good Food Access Fund established in response to COVID-19.

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Media contacts: 

Wade Thorhaug, Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre, 867-979-4863, wade@qajuqturvik.ca 

Kennedy Sherwood, Community Food Centres Canada, 519-496-3743, kennedy@cfccanada.ca

About Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre  

The Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre is a welcoming space that brings the Iqaluit community together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food for all. By providing a dignified space for the community to connect and celebrate food, the centre works to address issues of food insecurity, poor health, and poverty.

About Community Food Centres Canada 

Community Food Centres Canada builds dynamic and responsive Community Food Centres and food programs that support people to eat well, connect with their neighbours and contribute, through advocacy and mutual support, to a more just and inclusive Canada. With our 200+ partners, we work to eradicate poverty, food insecurity and improve the health and well-being of low-income Canadians. Learn more at cfccanada.ca

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ Training Opportunity

Pre-apprentice kitchen training with Qajuqturvik Food Centre

Mar 2 – May 29

We are looking for people to participate for twelve weeks.

Your Training:

  • 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 experienceHelp and support finding stable employment in Iqaluit or elsewhere in Nunavut
    $15/hr training stipendThe possibility of housing and/or childcare for the duration of the program

If you want to apply, complete our online application, contact info@qajuqturvik.ca or phone 979-4863

ᔮᓐᓄᐊᕆᒥ 6 – ᐄᐳᕆᒧᑦ 3

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᕆᔪᒪᔭᒥᓄᑦ ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕕᒻᒥ. ᕿᓂᕋᑦ 12−ᓄᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕋᔭᖅᑐᓂᑦ.

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕋᔭᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᐃᒫᒃ:

  • 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

ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓃᑦ ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕕᒻᒧᑦ:

  • 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 info@qajuqturvik.ca ᐅᖄᓚᓗᑎᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ 979-4863

867-979-4863

Bldg 655 Mattaaq Cres, Iqaluit NU

Recipes from the QFC Kitchen

Sauces and Spreads
Cucumber-mint raita
Guacamole
Hummus
Mauritian rougaille
Pico de gallo
Tahini dressing
Tzatziki

Salads
Cucumber, carrot, and orange salad
Fennel and orange salad
Greek salad
Lentil salad
Mexican street corn salad
Seedy coleslaw
Tabbouleh

Soups
Borscht

Breads and Grains
Foccacia bread
Mauritian faratas
Naan (yeast-free)
Pilau rice
Quiche crust (quick & easy)

Vegetables
Eggplant parmesan
Fresh spring rolls
Garlic home fries
Greek zucchini balls
Roasted Greek potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes
Sautéed kale
Thai red curry with vegetables

Protein
Baked chickpeas
Bengali egg curry
Bengali roast chicken
Mauritian chicken curry
Mexican black beans
Mexican shredded chicken
Red lentil dal
Sesame garlic tofu

Pasta and Noodle Dishes
Mushroom lasagna
Pasta e Fagioli (Italian pasta and beans)
Pad thai
Pierogi

The Big Social – November 1st-10th, 2019

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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.

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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.

Eat Think Vote ᓂᕆᓂᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᓂᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᖅ

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)

Join our Facebook event for updates!

ᐊᑦᑑᑉᐱᕆ 15 7−ᒥ – 9−ᒧᓄᑦ ᐅᓐᓄᒃᑯᑦ, ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕐᕖᑦ ᓂᕆᑎᑦᑎᓛᕐᖓᑕ ᐃᓱᒪᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᑦ ᓂᕈᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᓗᑎᓪᓗ ᓄᓇᓕᓐᓂ ᐅᖃᖃᑎᖃᕈᒪᔪᑦ ᒐᕙᒪᑐᖃᒃᑯᓐᓂ ᓂᕈᐊᕋᒡᓇᐅᔪᓂᑦ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᓂᑦ ᓂᕿᔅᓴᖃᕐᓂᕐᒥᑦ, ᐊᔪᖅᓴᖅᑐᓂᑦ, ᐊᓯᖏᓐᓂᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᖃᓄᐃᒍᑕᐅᔪᓂᑦ. ᑐᓵᔨᖃᓛᖅᑐᑦ.

ᓂᕆᓂᖅ ᐃᓱᒪᓂᖅ ᓂᕈᐊᕐᓂᕐᓗ ᐊᒥᓱᑲᓪᓚᓐᓂ ᑕᐃᒪᐃᓘᖅᑎᑦᑎᔪᒫᕐᖓᑕ ᐃᓄᓐᓂᑦ ᑲᑐᔾᔨᖃᑎᒌᓐᓂᓪᓗ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᓂᕿᓕᕆᓯᓐᓈᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᔅᓵᓂᓪᓗ ᐅᖃᐅᓯᖃᕐᓗᑎᑦ. ᓂᕿᔅᓴᖅᓯᐅᕐᓂᕐᒧᑦ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ ᐊᐅᓚᑕᐅᓛᖅᑐᖅ. ᑖᓐᓇ ᐱᓕᕆᖃᑎᖃᕐᓂᐊᕐᒥᔪᑦ ᓄᓇᓗᓐᓂ ᓂᕿᓕᕆᔨᓐᓂ ᑲᓇᑕᒥ.

Vote PopUp 2019

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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.

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ Training Opportunity

Training Opportunity

Sept 15-Dec 14 

Pre-apprentice kitchen training with Qajuqturvik Food Centre. We are looking for people to participate for twelve weeks.

Your Training:

  • 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

If you want to apply, complete our online application contact info@qajuqturvik.ca or phone 979-4863

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕈᓐᓇᖅᑐᑦ

ᓰᑏᑉᐱᕆᒥ 15-ᑏᓰᑉᐱᕆᒧᑦ 14 

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᕆᔪᒪᔭᒥᓄᑦ ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕕᒻᒥ. ᕿᓂᕋᑦ 12ᓄᑦ ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕋᔭᖅᑐᓂᑦ.

ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕋᔭᖅᑐᑎᑦ ᐃᒫᒃ:

  • 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

ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᖅᑕᐅᓃᑦ ᖃᔪᖅᑐᕕᒻᒧᑦ:

  • ᐱᓇᓱᐊᕈᓯᕐᓄᑦ 12ᓄᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᑰᖃᕐᕕᒻᒥ, ᐃᓪᓗᕈᓯᕐᓂᓪᓗ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓗᓯ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔭᓕᒻᒪᓴᕐᓗᑎᓪᓗ
  • ᐃᑲᔪᖃᑦᑕᕐᓗᑎᑦ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑐᐃᓗᑎᓪᓗ ᐃᖅᑲᓇᐃᔮᖅᓴᖅᓯᐅᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂᐃ ᐃᖃᓗᓐᓂ ᐊᓯᐊᓂᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ
  • $15/ᐃᑲᕐᕋᑕᒫᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ ᑮᓇᐅᔾᔭᔅᓴᓗᑎᑦ 
  • ᐃᓪᓗᑖᖅᑎᑕᐅᑐᐃᓐᓇᕆᐊᓕᒃ ᐊᒻᒪᓘᓐᓃᑦ ᐸᐃᕆᕕᓐᓂ ᐃᑲᔪᖅᑕᐅᓗᑎᑦ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᓂᖏᓐᓂ

ᐱᖃᑕᐅᔪᒪᓐᓂᕈᕕᑦ, ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᓗᑎᑦ info@qajuqturvik.ca ᐅᖄᓚᓗᑎᓪᓘᓐᓃᑦ 979-4863

Giving Tuesday

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 ed@qajuqturvik.ca. 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.

Come to our AGM!

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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.