Arctic Children and Youth Foundation

The Arctic Children and Youth Foundation (ACYF) was created in 2003 by the now Honourable Governor General Mary Simon and Senator Landon B. Pearson. They recognized that there were no organizations at the time that were dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the Canadian Arctic. ACYF is a Canadian charity based in Iqaluit.

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About us

About Us

We are a Canadian charity, based in Iqaluit, serving all of Nunavut. Our hope is that all Nunavut children and youth obtain standards of living and services similar to the rest of Canada in terms of educational, health related, social opportunities and well-being.

Since 2012, we have supported youth to:
• Know where to reach out for help,
• Learn healthy ways to cope,
• Create safe spaces for youth to talk about the heavy issues they face as Inuit youth in Canada,
• Attend cultural camps,
• Access virtual therapy services,
• And more

We currently house two services that provide critical services that aim to support our children and youth in obtaining equitable standards of living.
In 2019, we opened Nunavut’s first centre of excellence in response to child abuse in Nunavut, the Umingmak Centre. Please visit for more information.
In 2020, we opened the first Service Navigation office in Nunavut to support families in accessing Inuit Child First Initiative (ICFI) funding.

ACYF is open to receiving proposals for future community Initiatives. Contact us for more information.

Our Programs


ICFI Staff
The Inuit Child’s First Initiative (ICFI) Office continues to Grow
Within the past year, the Inuit Child’s First Initiative (ICFI)
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Play therapy training
Employees at the Umingmak Centre Receive their Play Therapy Certification
  Staff at the Umingmak centre along with mental health
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MOU Signing
ACYF celebrates the re-signing of the MOU
The Umingmak Centre has supported and helped over 250 children
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Donate to Us

ACYF is one of the only local charities in Nunavut focused solely on children and youth. We are Nunavummiut, striving to promote healthy child and youth wellness, finding innovative solutions to surpassing barriers in our communities.

With your support, ACYF can make positive impacts on child and youth wellness in Nunavut.
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