"From the moment we learned about the AIF, to the development of our program manual, we have loved working with the AIF since they have catered to our needs as a small non-profit organization, and have been so flexible as a result."
"The Pirurvik Preschool sought the support of the Arctic Indigenous Fund to assist us with the financial support we needed in order to write, and develop, a program manual that would outline the heart of our programming at the preschool. The Arctic Indigenous Fund saw value in our work, and has honoured it with great encouragement along the way. This project could be a turning point in the strength of the heart and the foundation of our non-profit organization, and we have the AIF to thank for it. We feel very grateful for the whole team at the AIF - everyone we are in contact with have been so helpful, thoughtful, and a total joy to work with.
From the moment we learned about the AIF, to the development of our program manual, we have loved working with the AIF since they have catered to our needs as a small non-profit organization, and have been so flexible as a result. We feel honoured and inspired by their commitment to empowering smaller organizations such as ours. They seem to be working towards a goal of empowering voices in communities, and we feel very lucky to have had their unconditional support."
"The AIF’s grant helped create an Inuit curriculum to use in Nome Elementary Kindergarten classroom..."
"Inuusiq Incorporation in partnership with King Island Native Community utilized Arctic Indigenous Fund’s (AIF) grant to network.
The AIF’s grant helped create an Inuit curriculum to use in Nome Elementary Kindergarten classroom taught by Kiminaq Madelyn Alvanna-Stimpfle. Inuusiq used this grant to help create the curriculum localized to Sitnasuak’s (Nome) traditional ways of life including Sitnasuak Inupiaq dialect language, subsistence lifestyles, weather patterns, from an Inuit education perspective. It provided elder stipends to elders who help translate with this project, travel to conferences related to Indigenous education and early childhood education, travel to Iqaluit, Canada, or North Slope Borough, hire a graphic designer to create indigenous classroom materials with the Inupiaq atchga.
Inuusiq Board members travelled to learn their Inuit community programs to help connect schools, families and community. This is the first step towards including Inuit culture within the actual education system."
"I just wanted to send you a message to let you know and thank you for making it possible."
"I would like to say thank you for the grant to make the new book. We recently received "Sammeli and the Stoat." from the printer. I just wanted to send you a message to let you know and thank you for making it possible. There are very few learning materials for Inari Saami speaking children so this book will be very welcome. I have made another book already with the grant you kindly provided. The story and pictures are already made, we are just waiting on the translation and layout before we send it to the printer. I have included some photos from the most recent book. Thanks again."
Anarâškielâ servi ry. / Inari Saami language association
Inari Sámi, Finland