A dedicated group of volunteers and a whole lot of heart planted the seed of Sirivik in 2013. In it’s early days Sirivik was a community kitchen program at the local Family House; a group of compassionate individuals distributing meals on a monthly basis to Inukjuammiut. During that time the need to have more permanent and reliable food services in our community became apparent. As a result after 5 successful years of growth the ‘Sirivik Soup Kitchen’ opened the doors of its very own facility and operational kitchen in April of 2018!
In the time since Sirivik has continued to flourish. We became a registered non-profit organization in May of 2020. We dropped our ‘Soup Kitchen’ title to better encapsulate the scope of our work. Operating as a food centre we are able to provide a wider array of programs and initiatives, finding creative solutions to addressing food security in our community.
Our name Sirivik comes from the expression we use in Inuktitut to demonstrate our gratitude and excitement before sharing a meal.
We continue to evolve our program to better meet the needs of our community, as Inukjuak continues to grow and change so will we. Contributing to an Inuit led food system that prioritizes our needs and celebrates our culture and community.
Hans is behind the scenes at Sirivik in all that we do. In the kitchen, in the office or in the field he keeps the whole operation in motion. When not at work he is at his happiest spending time with his sons on the land, mountain biking or reeling in a big fish.
Charles keeps Sirivik running smoothly. He’s always busy collaborating on the development and delivery of Sirivik programs. When not working Charles is busy playing board games and hanging out with friends on the land.
Joanassie first joined Sirivik as a guide in 2019, he now works to coordinate and guide our Ullurait outings. Otherwise, he can be found learning new skills in the kitchen or helping out the food box program. Joanassie is an avid hunter and talented athlete, when not at work he can be found on the land or on the court.
Daniel joined the team as a healthy lifestyle coordinator this summer, supporting the coordination of sports and activities for teens. Now back in school full time, Dan lends a helping hand in the evenings. Daniel is always full of curiosity and endless questions!
Sam has been helping out at Sirivik since 2018 where he began cooking in the after school program. He joined the team in 2019 working as a summer program coordinator. When not at Sirivik he likes playing sports, especially climbing!
A beloved elder in our community Caroline has been with the project since its infancy providing hands on volunteering, guidance and endless encouragement. An early bird Caroline is always up at the crack of dawn capturing the sunrise, while she spends her days visiting with her family.
Annie has provided continuous wisdom to Sirivik over the years as it’s steadily evolved and expanded. She was pivotal in the process of Sirivik finding independent and stable shelter as an organization. Annie’s contribution goes beyond the board table, she’s also joined us in the kitchen to teach youth her delicious imarpalajuaq recipe!
Jessica has brought passion and dedication to Sirivik since it’s inception. A radiant energy, when not working as a community nurse Jessica is crafting, creating and enjoying quiet time in nature.