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Nunavut Inuit Participation in Pope Francis’ Visit to Canada

(June 23, 2022, Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Inuit interested in attending or participating in events relating to Pope Francis’ visit to Canada to apologise for the legacy of residential schools are asked to register with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI).

NTI, Inuit Tapariit Kanatami and the other Inuit regions are working together to plan:

  • Travel for Inuit to attend
  • Opportunities for Inuit to speak with the Pope on their experiences
  • Inuit cultural and spiritual ceremony
 by July 8, 2022. Forms are available at and from the Community Liaison Officer. All efforts will be made to include Nunavut Inuit who express interest in attending and priority will be given to Nunavut Inuit survivors and their escorts.

NTI is working with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to help plan the visit.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission concluded that spiritual violence was common in residential schools. Performances planned will demonstrate the strength and resilience of Inuit cultural and spiritual ceremony and the Inuit language.

NTI is aware leading up to the visit, the visit itself and afterwards may trigger emotional trauma from abuse for residential and day school survivors, their families and descendants. Please know that counselling services are available, including:

Residential School Survivors Help Line


Inuit and First Nations Hope for Wellness


Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line


Kids Help Phone

1-800-668-6868  or  Text 686868  and type “TALK” to start talking to a counselor

Nunavut Victim Services


Healing By Talking

IRS Counselling programs are available through:

Illisaqsivik 867-924-6565

Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre 867-645-2600

Tukisigiarvik Wellness Centre 867-979-2400

Cambridge Bay Wellness Centre 867-983-4670

For individual Community resource cards, visit


For further information:

Malaya Mikijuk

Director of Communications

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

Tel: (867) 975-4900/Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006


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