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NTI Recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day

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(September 10, 2005 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. President Paul Kaludjak today recognized World Suicide Prevention Day, Sept. 10, 2005.

To officially commemorate the day and to acknowledge its international importance, Kaludjak announced a new NTI initiative.

NTI is inviting Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Beneficiaries from across Nunavut to write down their thoughts about suicide, and to express what they think should be done to try to solve this problem in our territory, said Kaludjak. We are especially encouraging youth in Nunavut to participate in this initiative, he said.

NTI will collect the submissions and use them to raise awareness about suicide, its causes, effects and its solutions.

The latest initiative is part of NTI’s ongoing attempt to help bring an end to suicide. This work began in 2002 when the Board of Directors made suicide prevention a top priority for NTI’s Department of Social and Cultural Development. This led to a variety of new activities, including supporting the creation and implementation of the Isaksimagit Innusirmi Katujjiqatigiit Council (Embrace Life Council).

The council allows NTI and other organizations across Nunavut to work collectively to address the social challenges that lead to suicide.

By joining our efforts collectively and by working with the people most affected by suicide, we can start to overcome the causes and effects of suicide that impact Nunavut youth so deeply, said Kaludjak.

Information about NTI’s new initiative will be made available in communities across the territory this fall. Submissions can be sent to the Department of Social and Cultural Development at NTI’s offices in Iqaluit.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4914
Cell: (867) 975-1337
Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006