Shelter Initiative for Inuit women and children

About Shelters

Inuit women, children, and gender-diverse Inuit face unique housing challenges, particularly concerning gender-based violence, where shelters play a crucial role in providing safety and support. For the past 40 years, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada has been advocating for federal support, leading to a 2021 commitment of $20 million from the government to fund the construction and operation of shelters in Inuit Nunangat and urban centers. This funding is part of a broader Violence Prevention Strategy, including support for shelters and transitional housing for Indigenous peoples nationwide.

Inuit-specific shelters and transitional housing initiatives are progressing across Inuit Nunangat, with approvals and applications underway. In Nunavut, approvals have been granted for shelters and transitional houses in Sanikiluaq, Pangnirtung, Baker Lake, and Gjoa Haven. Similarly, Puvirnituq in Nunavik has received approval for a shelter and transitional housing project. In Inuvialuit, applications for shelters in Aimayunga and Ulukhaktok and a transitional house in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, are under review. Additionally, Nunatsiavut has submitted a shelter application for Makkovik and for a transitional housing project in Nain, which is currently under Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) review.

Pauktuutit has highlighted the challenges posed by southern timelines on northern projects, advocating for flexibility as the project sunsets on March 31, 2026, which may not align with the needs of projects in Inuit Nunangat.

Applications for shelters funding are now closed. Further funding is unavailable.

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 below or 



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.


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