Success Stories

The North West Company established the Healthy Horizons Foundation in 2015 with the specific aim of supporting healthy living for children and youth in the communities we serve by providing grants to community-based programs under the guidance of local, regional and national organizations.

The Healthy Horizons Foundation accepts grant applications twice a year, prioritizing youth-focused physical activity, nutrition, education and well-being programs. Some examples are: sports activities, exercise facilities, nutritional literacy, land-based learning, cooking workshops and community/family resource centres.

To date, the foundation has provided over $1.4 million to youth programming in over 110 Inuit, First Nations and Métis communities across Canada. Read some of the success stories below.

Traditional medicine camps empower and educate youth

In 2020, Food Matters Manitoba brought together Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Chiefs, Council members, and supporters from all across the province to organize a series of camps dedicated to connecting Indigenous youth participants to their heritage and traditional ways of life. Participants learned valuable survival skills, bringing them closer together as they developed their connections to the land and to their unique cultures.

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Healthy Horizons fosters connection between Elders and youth

The Soaring Eagle Friendship Centre (SEFC) saw through the difficulties imposed by the pandemic to provide opportunities for youth members in Hay River, NT to learn a variety of wholesome cooking recipes – while also fostering connections with their families and community. Following the postponement of its in-person programming in late 2020, SEFC continued its Youth Cooking for Elders program by sending recipe kits to youth aged 8-14 containing ingredients and written instructions on how to whip up meals for their families and an Elder of their choice.

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Healthy Horizons helps Cat Lake hit the ice

Hockey athletes aged 5-18 in Cat Lake, ON were overjoyed to see the pristine surface of their outdoor ice rink, following the efforts of Matthew Klockenga and the Great Commission Foundation (GCF) in making the facility fit for play. By working with the Healthy Horizons Foundation, Klockenga and the GFC acquired an ice resurfacer – affectionately named the “Ice Dragon” – to keep rinks game-worthy, by layering the rink with smooth sheets of ice.

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Lights On program strives to brighten Fort Simpson

Snowboarding is a sport that many Northern communities would like to practice, as they tend to have snow most part of the year, but not all communities have access to the equipment needed to enjoy the sport. Youth in First Simpson, NT had the opportunity to tread on the slopes for the first time thanks to Liidlii Kue First Nation’s efforts in acquiring boards, skis, winter gear, and instructors as it introduced a snowboarding component to its Lights On program in 2019.

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Discovering Beauval through an outdoor program

The banks of the Beaver River running along Beauval, SK saw new sets of paddles hitting its shores with the introduction of a new Canoe Healing Program, an initiative dedicated towards teaching Indigenous youth about their rich culture and heritage while also promoting an active lifestyle. With pristine waters ideal for facilitating leadership exercises and leisurely excursions, the Program also had social components directing participants to combat social issues and become stronger members of their community.

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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.

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List of Communities Impacted

  • Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation, SK
  • Akulivik, QC
  • Arctic Bay, NU
  • Arviat, NU
  • Attawapiskat First Nation, ON
  • Aupaluk, QC
  • Baker Lake, NU
  • Barren Lands First Nation, MB (Brochet)
  • Beauval, SK
  • Bloodvein River First Nation, MB
  • Brochet, MB
  • Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, MB
  • Berens River First Nation, MB
  • Black Lake, MB
  • Bigstone Cree Nation, AB (Wabasca)
  • Buffalo Narrows, SK
  • Bunibonibee Cree Nation, MB (Oxford House)
  • Cambridge Bay, NU
  • Cartwright, NL
  • Cat Lake First Nation, ON
  • Chesterfield Inlet, NU
  • Churchill, MB
  • Coral Harbour, NU
  • Clearwater River Dene Nation, SK (La Loche)
  • Cree Nation of Chisasibi, QC
  • Cree Nation of Waskaganish, QC
  • Cross Lake First Nation, MB
  • Cumberland House Cree Nation, SK
  • Dakota Plains First Nation, MB
  • Dakota Tipi First Nation, MB
  • Fond Du Lac Denesuline First Nation, SK
  • Fort Albany First Nation, ON
  • Fort McPherson, NT
  • Fort Severn First Nation, ON
  • Fox Lake Cree Nation, AB
  • Garden Hill First Nation, MB
  • Gjoa Haven, NU
  • God’s Lake First Nation, MB
  • Grand Rapids, MB
  • Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
  • Igloolik, NU
  • Île-à-la-Crosse, SK
  • Inuvik, NT
  • Iqaluit, NU
  • Island Lake, MB
  • Ivujivik, QC
  • Kangiqsujuaq, QC
  • Kangirsuk, QC
  • Kashechewan First Nation, ON
  • Keeseekoowenin, SK
  • K’atl’odeeche First Nation, NT (Hay River)
  • Kimmirut, NU
  • Kinngait, NU (Cape Dorset)
  • Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, ON
  • Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, QC
  • Koocheching First Nation, ON
  • Kugluktuk, NU
  • Kujjuuaraapik, QC
  • Kuujjuaq, QC
  • Lac Seul First Nation, ON
  • Lake Manitoba First Nation, MB
  • Lake St, Martin First Nation, MB
  • Leaf Rapids, MB
  • M’Chigeeng First Nation, ON
  • Manto Sipi Cree Nation, MB (Gods River)
  • Marcel Colomb First Nation, MB (Lynn Lake)
  • Meadow Lake, SK
  • Mathias Colomb First Nation, MB (Pukatawagan)
  • Mosakahiken Cree Nation, MB (Moose Lake)
  • Moose Factory, ON
  • Nain, NL
  • Natuashish, NL
  • Nibinamik First Nation, ON (Summer Beaver)
  • North Battleford, SK
  • Northlands First Nations, MB (Lac Brochet)
  • Norway House Cree Nation, MB
  • Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB (The Pas)
  • O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, MB (South Indian Lake)
  • Pangnirtung, NU
  • Paulatuk, NT
  • Pauingassi First Nation, MB
  • Peawanuck, ON
  • Pinaymootang First Nation, MB
  • Pine Creek First Nation, MB
  • Pond Inlet, NU
  • Poplar River First Nation, MB 
  • Prince Albert, SK
  • Puvirnituq, QC
  • Qu’apelle Valley, SK
  • Quaqtaq, QC
  • Rankin Inlet, NU
  • Regina, SK
  • Repulse Bay, NU (Naujaat)
  • Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation, MB
  • Salluit, QC
  • Sanikiluaq, NU
  • Saskatoon, SK
  • Sayisi Dene First Nation, MB (Tadoule Lake)
  • Shamattawa First Nation, MB
  • Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, NL
  • Smith’s Landing First Nation, NT (Fort Smith)
  • St. Theresa Point First Nation, MB
  • Stanley Mission, SK
  • Taloyoak, NU
  • Tataskweyak Cree Nation, MB (Split Lake)
  • Thompson, MB
  • Tuktoyaktuk, NT
  • Ulukhaktok, NT
  • Umiujaq, QC
  • Village of Fort Simpson, NT
  • Wasagamack First Nation, MB
  • Whale Cove, NU
  • Wollaston Lake, SK
  • Webequie First Nation, MB
  • Wunnumin Lake First Nation, ON
  • York Factory First Nation, MB