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How did Qavvivik come about?

The need for health and social services for Inuit living in the south is not new. Reports going back more than 20 years have made this case. We have been working on the creation of an Inuit-specific service and clinic since late 2021. 

Qavvivik was registered as a non-profit organization in September 2022. In May 2023 we secured a location in the Verdun neighbourhood of Montreal for our administrative offices. Our Board of Directors adopted our by-laws in June 2023. 

Our plan is to start with a modest location that is accessible by public transit. This site would work with the frontline services offered by Projets Autochtone du Québec, Médecins du monde, Chez Doris and others while also welcoming families and individuals from across the city. In a second phase, a second site, probably on the West Island, would be developed, in conjunction with other organizations to serve the large number of Inuit there. The services are organized around a social determinants approach to health. This means we focus on improving the conditions that lead to health, like access to country food, well-baby clinics, disease prevention, education and family support, as well as frontline clinical services.

The Qavvivik team

Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is dedicated to helping Siqinirmiut achieve their goals in health and wellness. They bring a wealth of experience in government, education and community organizations.

President, Richard Budgell

Vice-President, Joey Partridge
Treasurer, Lisa Koperqualuk

Community Member, Rita Novalinga

Community Member, Natasha MacDonald

Community Member, Annie Baron

Youth member, Zoe Kroonenburg

The Board mandated Carolyn Stone and Christopher Fletcher to lead the development of the Qavvivik project. Carolyn is an Inuk from Inukjuaq with many years’ experience in managerial positions in Inuit organizations in southern Quebec. Christopher is a professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at Laval Université and lifelong ally to Inuit.


Carolyn Stone, Qavvivik project co-lead:

Christopher Fletcher, Qavvivik project co-lead:

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