Tukimut Afterschool


Providing cultural, educational, and recreational activities for Inuit

Tukimut Afterschool program supports Inuit youth from ages 6-12 throughout the school year.

Currently, September 2020, Tukimut programs run from 3:30 PM to 7:15 PM at Hardini Community and Recreation Centre located at 235 Donald St, in Overbrook, Ottawa.

At the Tukimut program we provide a wide range of activities such as sports, arts and cultural teachings. Through the knowledge of our Elders, the Tukimut program provides the opportunity to learn traditional skills such as cooking and beading, as well as learning Inuktitut and syllabics. We are grateful for the many community partners that enhance our program. Some of our partners include: ACTUA, City of Ottawa, Let’s Talk Science, Ottawa School of Art, SAW and Right to Play.

While at Tukimut programming, the youth will be provided a healthy snack and supper every night. Nutritional accommodations for allergies and dietary restrictions can be made. Transportation is also available to eliminate barriers for accessing the program.

To register for the Tukimut After- School Program, the Intake officer, Clara, through Inuuqatigiit – Centre for Inuit Children, Youth and Families. Once this process is completed, the youth may be enrolled into the program for 1-2 days per week.

“Thank you so much for taking my son in. He’s super excited to be a part of Tukimut. He’s interested in his Inuk culture side and wants to know more, and I know Tukimut will give him that. Much of our time is spent in transit bussing and this eliminates some of our limited activities outside of school. Tukimut allows him a sense of belonging and to be part of the Inuit community. I know this will teach him part of his identity and will have a long-lasting effect on his self-esteem. I’m looking forward to seeing the growth in my son. I definitely recommend all Inuit in the Urban Inuk community to access these services.”
– Tukimut Parent

Each year we have graduating youth coming back and volunteering with the program.

Some of our popular activities:

Homework clubs • Culture nights • Recreation nights • Healthy food • Art classes • Beading •Sports • Field Trips

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Tukimut Rap Song: Take a listen to this song written by the youth. Back up vocals, beat boxing, and drums provided by the AAC.
Recorded and back beat by Mosha Folger.

For more information, call the Tukimut Coordinator: Alyssa Strasser,
613-746-5400, ext. 223 or 613-220-6114

Link to Tukimut Parent Handbook