Making Our Shelters Strong

In consultation with shelter directors and staff, Pauktuutit developed the Making Our Shelters Strong project, which includes workshop training materials, and a website including a blog and secure space for workers for peer support, networking and sharing information. The goal was to invest in sustainable training which includes information exchange and knowledge transfer so that shelter workers and other front-line workers can effectively support their clients and thereby reduce the tolerance and incidence of abuse and family violence in Inuit communities. After the first delivery of the training workshop in several regions, participants identified the need for more information and training on working with children who witness violence, and additional material was developed. Future training needs identified by shelter workers and directors include self care and dealing with vicarious trauma. Unfortunately a proposal to develop this content has not been approved for the current fiscal year.


( Shelter Strong website

( Shelter Strong blog


Government of Nunavut Departments of Justice, Victims Fund.

Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Women’s Program.

Inuit Women Shelters:


  • Nain Safe House
  • Hopedale Safe House


  • Tungasuvvik Women’s Shelter, Kuujjuaq
  • Initsiaq Inuit Women’s Shelter, Salluit
  • Tunngavik Women’s Shelter, Kuujjuaraapik
  • Ajapirvik Women’s Shelter, Inukjuaq


  • Qimaavik Transition House, Iqaluit
  • Katauyaq Society Crisis Centre, Rankin Inlet
  • Ikajuqtauvik Shelter, Taloyoak
  • Cambridge Bay Community Wellness Centre—Shelter
  • Tukkuvit Women’s Shelter, Cape Dorset

Northwest Territories

  • Women and Children’s Shelter. Tuktoyaktuk
  • Inuvik Transition House Society, Inuvik
  • Alison McAteer House, Yellowknife


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Making Our Shelter Strong: Training for Inuit Shelter Workers, Participant Handbook


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