Premier Joe Savikataaq and Health Minister George Hickes released a joint statement Thursday in recognition of Embrace Life Day.

Health Minister George Hicks.
NNSL file photo

“Embrace Life Day means different things for different people – Reflection. Grief.
Learning. Change. Hope.

“For us, it’s a time to remember those we’ve lost and celebrate life. Mental health is just as important as physical health. We encourage all Nunavummiut to find time to practice self-care and positive coping skills. Every day is an opportunity to foster positive mental health and well-being, and to help support a healing journey – either your own or that of someone you love.”

If you need to talk, please contact:
• The Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line (available 24 hours a day, seven days a
week) at 867-979-3333 or toll-free at 1-800-265-3333;
• Crisis Services Canada’s online chat at, or call or
send a text 1-833-456-4566; or
• Isaksimagit Inuusirmi Kataujjiqatigiit Embrace Life Council toll-free at 1-866-804-
2782 or visit

“No matter what, hold on to hope. Reach out. Please know you’re not a burden and you
are not alone. You are loved.”


Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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