Isuarsivik challenging Nunavimmiut to go alcohol free in February – Nunatsiaq News

Region-wide Pingngupaa sobriety challenge registration closes Friday

More than 800 Nunavimmiut have taken on Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre’s annual challenge over the past five years to take a break from alcohol during the month of February.

The Pingngupaa Challenge — which roughly translates to “tired of consuming” — is set to return for its sixth edition next month.

The goal is to offer people the chance to find the incentive and discipline to take a break from alcohol, even if it’s just temporary, said George Kauki, Isuarsivik’s Inuit values and practices co-ordinator.

“Some people want to take that one-month break for their families,” Kauki said in an interview with Nunatsiaq News.

Throughout February, participants will be able to join in various activities, online and in their communities. Kauki said registered participants will be notified by Isuarsivik staff and on social media when events are happening.

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