Our Publications

Below are publications related to our various programs. They are offered in PDF format as they are a common standard format and allow for easy download as well as printing if you like.

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Promising Child Welfare Practices

General practices in child welfare have led to an over representation of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children in care. Research has shown that this is linked to the poverty, intergenerational trauma, family and community breakdown caused by historical factors including residential schools, the sixties scoop, racist attitudes and general lack of cultural safety of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.
The Inuit, like other Indigenous peoples in Canada, have faced significant changes to their lives resulting from their experience over the past few centuries. There has been a great deal of research on the effects that these disruptions have had on family life and current Inuit realities such as violence, family breakdown, addictions, sexual abuse and poverty can be traced directly to this impact on Inuit traditional life.2
There is a broad movement currently underway across the country seeking reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s “Calls to Action” included specific recommendations regarding child welfare practice.3 Those involved in the child welfare sector are seeking ways to participate and contribute to this movement. The Federal Indigenous Services Minister calling an emergency meeting and announcing $635 million in funding for Indigenous child welfare services is a facet of this reconciliation movement.

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Provincial Assessment on FASD Programs for Inuit

Inuuqatigiit’s report serves to assess current capacity for FASD service provision for Inuit women, children, youth and their families and caregivers across Ontario.

The following report serves to assess current capacity for FASD service provision for Inuit women, children, youth and their families and caregivers within Ottawa and across Ontario. The purpose of this report is to build culturally relevant foundational FASD supports for Inuit communities.

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Atuaqsijut: Following the Path Sharing Inuit Specific Ways

This resource provides Inuit specific knowledge and cultural practices regarding pregnancy and parenting. It shares best practices for service providers who work with biological, foster, and adoptive parents of Inuit children aged 0 to 6 years old. Inuit parents living in Ontario are often caught between two worlds – their familiar world in the north and a new world in the south. A Best Start Resource for Service Providers.

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Aboriginal Children in Care: Report to Canada’s Premiers

This report to Canada’s Premiers provides examples of existing programs and services that have been shown to reduce the number of Aboriginal children in child welfare systems and/or improve outcomes for Aboriginal children in care. The report highlights a number of issues and challenges, and profiles some best and promising practices along three strategic child welfare themes: root causes of abuse and neglect; prevention and early intervention strategies for Aboriginal families; and better supporting the capacity of the child welfare workforce.

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Report on the 2015 Review of the
Child and Family Services Act

The report summarizes what children, youth, families and service providers in Ontario said about the ways the Act affects their lives – and the things about the Act that could be strengthened or improved. Thank you to all those who participated in the review.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Provincial Roundtable Report

The enclosed report is a culmination of a months-long commitment on the part of dedicated roundtable attendees to share their valuable insights about how to best improve outcomes for individuals affected by FASD across the lifespan. It includes diverse perspectives on how Ontario can best support awareness and prevention efforts, and improve services for individuals living with FASD.

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Research Report: Background for an Inuit Children and Youth Strategy for Ontario–Final Report

January 2015
The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre is engaging with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to develop an Inuit-specific element of a provincial Aboriginal Children and Youth Strategy. To help inform that strategy, literature on promising practices was reviewed.
Most of the literature consulted for this study is Inuit-specific, however there are also references to some Indigenous studies which specifically included Inuit communities and/or participants.
The review includes both promising and recommended practices. This means that some of the practices reported here have been tested and the literature summarizes the experience of communities, clients and practitioners with these practices. The review also includes practices that Inuit organizations and/or community members recommend, which may be based on their experience or on what would be effective in their judgment.

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Nipivut – Our Voice

In January 2009, the Inuuqatigiit received funding from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (Urban Aboriginal Strategy) to conduct a community needs assessment for Inuit children 0-18 years of age and their families living in Ottawa. The purpose of the project was to collect information from parents that would support long-term planning, enhance program and resource development, increase collaboration, raise awareness and improve advocacy.

Nipivut Executive Summary – Inuktitut (8 pages)

Nipivut Full Report – Inuktitut (108 pages)

Nipivut Executive Summary – English (8 pages)

Nipivut Full Report – English (108 pages)

Our Children’s Songbook: Ilagiinut

A selection of popular children’s tunes in English, Inuktitut, and Roman Orthography.

Click here to download yourself a copy of the “Inuuqatigiit Songbook” in PDF format.

Tracks Tracks
Tarralikitaak Butterfly Song
The String Song
Anaana, Ataata Family Song
Quluppaajusi Juggling Song
I, pi, ti, ki Alphabet Song
Siqiniq You Are My Sunshine
Pirunaqsaq Cleanup Song
Aasivaruti Hunting Song
Sinittuapiit Sleeping Bunnies Song
Niaqu Tui Head and Shoulders
Qamutiinni Sledging Song
Ullaakkut Good Morning Song
Tallimat Mitiralaat Five Little Ducks Song
Inuksuk Building an Inuksuk
40-nit Arraagunit Forty Years on an Iceberg
Quviasuliqpunga Upcoming Spring
Nukakuluk Are You Sleeping?
Quviasummarikkuvit If You’re Happy
Tavauvutikalautaa Goodbye Song
Nauli Kullu Where is Thumbkin?


Funded by Canadian Heritage, Inuuqatigiit, and Tribe. A new selection of Inuktitut songs for children.

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Tracks Tracks
Pinasuarusiit Days of the week
Ilagiit Family
Amiat Colours
Ikpiniaqniq Feelings
Nirjutiit Animals
Ilinniaqtugut Words we learn
Tunganarniq Greetings
Naasautit Numbers
Apiqqutiit Questions
Timiga My Body

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Inuuqatigiit Program Handbooks:

Early Years’ Parent Handbook English

Tukimut Parent Handbook

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Parents as Authors Books Project

With funding provided by Public Agency of Canada (PHAC), nine Inuuqatigiit parents wrote stories which resulted in 14 books, 13 of which have been translated into Inuktitut. The Bookmaking Facilitation Manual by Cynthia Andersen is available to facilitate a Parents as Authors program at your organization. The manual is also available in French and Inuktitut.

Download the PAA Books:
My Cat Mitten by Deborah Tagornak
Samuel’s Family by Deborah Tagornak
Princess Angnowya and her dog Diamond by Sue Qitsualik
Colours by Christine Kudluk
My Body by Deborah Tagornak
I am Inuk by Lynda Brown
And Baby Makes Tallimat by Jane Truelove
Little Clown by Louise Metcalfe
Little Inuk Hunter Patunguyaq by Sue Qitsualik
Aqsarniit by Lynda Brown
Nattiq’s Big Adventure by Heidi Langille
Mommy Now by Barbara Cayer
Things to do Outside by Maryann Appa Mark
Counting by Lynda Brown