We caught up with Kanayuk Naulaq, our Iqaluit-based Child & Youth Care Worker at Ilagiittugut, to ask her what words of wisdom have most inspired her that she now passes on to today’s youth:

“No matter what you’re going through, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”

Kanayuk has been working with youth at Ilagiittugut since February 2018. Kanayuk began on casual shifts and eventually moved into a full-time role in October 2018 as a Community Connector, and now a Child & Youth Care Worker. Kanayuk has built positive and caring relationships with the youth who reside at Ilagiittugut – they all enjoy spending one on one time with her. Kanayuk has invested in learning about youth care and is always looking for guidance and advice on how to improve her own practice.

Since 2013, she has been working with preschool kids and running after school programs at the Pairivik Daycare. Kanayuk’s enjoys sewing, being on the land, fishing, hunting, and taking photos of the land.