Talking, bonding, making qamutiit: GN program takes suicide prevention program on the road – Nunatsiaq News

Oct 11, 2022

Atii Angutiit brings men together for activities with the aim of suicide prevention

A program called Atii Angutiit has made its way through the High Arctic, with the goal of helping men gather and interact in the name of suicide prevention.

“The reception has been great,” said Sam Tutanuak, senior adviser with the Department of Health.

“It’s been well received in the communities.”

Tutanuak’s role is focused on how to reduce suicide rates among the male population of Nunavut. He’s one of six members of the Atii Angutiit team. The other members are Nunavut rapper Hyper-T, Jennifer Wakegijig, Patrick Beland, Joe Hadfield and Sikati Kusugak.

Atii Angutiit provides men a space to bond and have conversations about difficult topics during two-day community gatherings.

This September, the program went to Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay. Tutanuak says attendance was great, ranging between 20 to 70 people, with Pond Inlet bringing one of the bigger crowds.

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