Shelter Initiative for Inuit women and children


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About Shelters

Inuit women, children and gender-diverse Inuit face unique challenges and barriers to housing. For those who experience gender-based violence, a shelter is often the first step to accessing safety and taking the first steps in rebuilding their lives and breaking a cycle of violence.

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has long been calling on the federal government to urgently provide shelters for Inuit women. In 2020, Pauktuutit advocated for a $20 million commitment towards the building of shelters and second‐stage transitional housing in Inuit Nunagat and in Ottawa for Inuit women and children escaping violence.

In January 2021, The government of Canada committed to fund the construction and operation of shelters for Inuit women and children across Inuit Nunangat as well as in urban centres.

Funding for the new Inuit specific shelters is part of the comprehensive Violence Prevention Strategy as announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement. The strategy will also support new shelters and transitional (second-stage) housing for First Nations, Inuit and Métis across the country, including in the North and in urban areas.

The federal government has funding available for Inuit organizations to build and operate shelters and second-stage transitional housing for Inuit women and their children and gender – diverse Inuit escaping gender-based violence in urban areas and in Inuit Nunangat. The government is accepting applications for Urban Shelters and Transitional housing until October 31, 2023, and for regions in Inuit Nunangat until March 2024.

To apply for the funding, Inuit organizations must apply through CMHC’s Indigenous Shelter and Transitional Housing Initiative online portal. The online portal is a single application for both the construction funding from CMHC and operational funding from ISC.

Operating Shelters and Support

Pauktuutit does not operate shelter facilities. If you are in need of emergency housing or support, please contact a shelter in your region:



Inuvik Transition House Society

Crisis Line 1-867-777-3877
Tanya Dillon, Executive Director


Aimayunga Women and Emergency Foster Care Shelter
Crisis Line 1-867-977-2000
Sandra Elias, Executive Director


Cambridge Bay

Operational Arnat Qimavik – Cambridge Bay Wellness Centre Crisis Shelter
Box 81 Cambridge Bay NU X0E 0C0

Anne Isnor (Family Violence Contact) (867) 983-5232
Troy Clarke 867 983 4169


Operational Tammaaquik Women’s Centre – Family Violence centre
P.O. Box 205 Hamlet Office, Kugaaruk, NU X0B 1K0

Catherine Nipatuyuk 867-769-6100


Kugluktuk Women’s Crisis Centre

Beverly Bort (867) 982-3210


Baker Lake

Innutit Women’s Group Ikajuqtauvvik Crisis Centre

General Delivery Taloyoak NU X0E 1B0
Tel.: (867) 561-5902

Rankin Inlet

Kataujaq Society Shelter
P.O. Box 344 Rankin Inlet X0C 0G0
ED/Shelter Manager, Joyce Kent (867) 645-2214
Emerg/After Hrs (867) 645-6432



Nain Safe House
Women’s Shelter
709-922-1230 Nicole Dicker (Executive Director)


Kirkina House
Women’s Shelter
Desiree Wolfrey (Executive Director) 709-947-3583



Ajapirvik Women’s Shelter
Women’s Shelters and Transition Homes
Mary Atagotaaluk (Director) 819-819 254 1414


Qarmaapik House: A multi-use and safe place for families in Kangiqsualujjuaq
Safe House

Pilot Project
Maggie Emudluk, and Hilda Snowball Board Members – No contact information for location.


Tungasuvvik Women’s Shelter
Women’s Shelters and Transition Homes
(819) 964-0536 Sarah Tagoona Executive Director
(819) 964-2423


Initsiaq Women’s Shelter
Women’s Shelters and Transition Homes
Brenda Crane Martin (Director)
819-255 8045 or 819-255-8817


Cape Dorset

Tukkuvik Women’s Shelter

Box 69 Cape Dorset NU X0A 0C0
Tel.: (867) 897-8683
Crisis Line: (867) 979-4500


Qimaavik Women’s shelter
P.O Box 237 Iqaluit X0A 0H0
Tel.: (867) 979-4566


Tullivik Group

Box 204 Pangnirtung NU X0A 0R0
Tel.: (867) 473-8944


All actions undertaken should be grounded in evidence-based data to support responses. To ensure that the voices of Inuit women are heard, we support research, data collection, gap analysis, and allocation of resources.

The successful implementation of the creation of shelters for Inuit women will respond to the National Action Plan, safety being paramount in the 231 Calls for Justice.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this application, please write to Kerenza Plohman at, who can provide you with more information to help you complete the application.

Housing Solutions Specialists in your region.


Pauktuutit recommends contacting CMHC’s Housing Solutions Specialists to discuss potential or in-progress applications. CMHC staff are available to help at any point in the application process and can review parts of your application at any time. If you are interested in building and/or operating a shelter for Inuit women, gender-diverse individuals and their families anywhere in Canada, do not hesitate to reach out to CMHC. You can also send your questions to the CMHC mailbox at

Contact Anna Kirbyson
604 737 4087

Contact Bright Lubansa
867 988 3159

Contact François Sauvageau
514 283 5110
or Karine Prevost
514 437 3696

Contact Karine Prevost
514 437 3696

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