North West currently raises or directly contributes over $1 million annually toward a range of important community-based initiatives. To better focus the impact on the communities we serve, North West established the Healthy Horizons Foundation in 2015, with the specific aims of improving the physical activity, nutrition, learning and overall well-being of youth in our communities, collaborating on community-based priorities and helping bring local, regional and national organizations to the table.
Youth Runners Head to Big Island International Marathon
On March 20, 2016, 49 youth runners from northern communities such as Fort Chipewyan (AB), Cat Lake (ON), Iqaluit (NU) and Salluit (QC), challenged themselves with a 13.1 or 26.2 mile run at the Big Island International Marathon in Hilo, Hawaii.
Participation in the destination marathon was a fundraising initiative and active living event for The North West Company’s new Healthy Horizons Foundation. Each participant raised funds for the Foundation and The North West Company paid for the travel and accommodation costs associated with the event.
“For the youth that are here [in Hilo, Hawaii], I think this event is almost beyond words.”
-Maggie, Teacher from Salluit, QC
Healthy Horizons Foundation grant supports nutrition, literacy for Rankin Inlet students
Healthy Horizons is delighted to select Ilitaqsiniq as the inaugural Healthy Horizons grant recipient. An $8,200 grant was awarded to Ilitaqsiniq to support the launch of a six-week Kids Cooking Class program.
Over the course of the program, 15 students from Simon Alaittuq School in Rankin Inlet, NU, learned how to cook and bake wholesome, healthy meals from scratch. The students were also taught traditional Inuit food preparation practices, to help carry on their culture through cuisine.
“The program’s holistic approach is a great way to build the confidence of the youth and encourage healthy habits from an early age.” - Adriana Kusugak, Literacy Coordinator, Ilitaqsiniq.
To read more about the Kids Cooking Classes and Healthy Horizons’ first year check out our newsletter.
Watch our grant presentation in Rankin Inlet here.