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Top 10 Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut Charities that you should support today

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The North (Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut) is one of the most beautiful places on earth and rich in charitable groups as well as goodwill. There are plenty of local charities that need your help and donations.

It’s hard to know where to begin when deciding which charities the Northwest Territories (Yukon and Nunavut) need support. With years of volunteering experience and a social outreach philosophy, we have put together this list of some of the best causes and local charities in Canada that you can support in 2023.

10 Charities You Should Support in Northwest Territories of Canada

The Northwest Territories of Canada which contain Nunavut to the east and Yukon to the west are some of the most amazing places on Earth.

They’re also some of the most remote and under-resourced regions in Canada.

But many charities are doing important work to support people in need in these territories.

Here are the top 10 charities in the Yukon, NWT, and Nunavut for 2023:

1.    Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank

The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank is a charitable organization that provides food to people in need. The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank is located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. This charity was founded in 2001 to help reduce hunger in Iqaluit and Nunavut. The goal of the organization is to provide nutritious food to families and individuals who are struggling financially.

About 49 residents currently serve as NNNFB volunteers, who oversee the organization’s management and daily operations. All of NNNFB’s operating costs are covered via generous donations from businesses, organizations, and people; the federal government also provides some financing.

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2.    Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit

To ensure that everyone, everywhere has a simple, durable, affordable house to call home, Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide Christian nonprofit construction organization founded in local communities.

The mission of Habitat for Humanity Iqaluit (HFHIQ) is to alleviate poverty housing worldwide by partnering with locals to design, build, and renovate low-income homes in Iqaluit and elsewhere in the North.

In 2007 and 2009, HFHIQ completed Habitat for Humanity’s first-ever house building in Canada’s far northern regions. Their organization was also the first in Canada to accept funding from Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, which helps with both disaster relief and overseas construction projects. It was because of the unique conditions and difficulties of construction in the Arctic territory of Nunavut.

Their goal is to encourage home ownership as a path out of poverty by bringing together volunteers and local organizations to construct low-cost homes.

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3.    Iqaluit Music Society

The Iqaluit Music Society is a charitable organization that provides music education and performance opportunities for Nunavummiut (people of the land) in Iqaluit. The society also supports emerging artists and provides concerts, workshops, and other events.

Through its summer music camps, the Iqaluit Music Society introduces young people to both Inuit traditional music and modern music.

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4.    Yukon Learn Society

The Yukon Learn Society is a non-profit organization that aims to promote lifelong learning and literacy in the Yukon. It offers free tutoring sessions for adults and children, as well as literacy programs for aboriginal communities.

For almost 35 years, Yukoners have been able to take advantage of Yukon Learn Society’s no-cost adult literacy programs and services. To address the existing illiteracy issues facing Yukon adults, we work on the ground up to provide programs and services. They provide classes and one-on-one tutoring in the nine core competencies of digital literacy, document usage, critical thinking, reading, writing, numeracy, oral communication, working with others, and ongoing or lifetime education.

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5.    Humane Society Yukon

The Humane Society Yukon is a registered charity that provides animal welfare services across the territory. They also work to educate the public about responsible pet ownership and promote compassionate attitudes toward animals. The organization has been providing humane education programs and resources for schools since 1987.

Their mission is to provide safe and loving homes for the abandoned animals of the Yukon. They also work to educate pet owners on responsible pet ownership and provide low-cost spay/neuter services for pets owned by low-income families.

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6.    Autism Yukon

Autism Yukon is a non-profit organization that was started in 2007 to provide support and education for families affected by autism. They offer a variety of programs and services, including early intervention therapy, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and more.

They also offer educational resources for individuals with autism and their families, as well as the general public. The goal of Autism Yukon is to help people living with autism lead full lives by supporting them through all stages of life.

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7.    Foster Family Coalition of the Northwest Territories

Foster and adoptive families in the Northwest Territories have the FFCNWT’s back as they raise and care for the children and young adults in their care. The FFCNWT provides free, in-depth online training to prospective foster and adoptive care givers in addition to private online support groups and telephone help available five days a week for current caregivers. The FFCNWT also collaborates with government agencies to better the existing situation of child welfare and regularly performs recruitment drives to increase the number of care givers in the region.

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8.    Food Rescue (Yellowknife)

Food Rescue is a non-profit organization in the Northwest Territories (NWT). It was founded in 2008 by a group of concerned citizens who saw a need to address food insecurity in Yellowknife. Food Rescue is a volunteer-based initiative that collects excess food from grocery stores, restaurants, and other businesses in the city, and delivers it directly to front-line agencies such as soup kitchens, shelters, and Aboriginal Head Start programs. They also provide training to volunteers so they can learn how to safely handle food donations.

More than 1.6 million kg of food has been preserved and provided by their organization to Yellowknife residents since 2008.

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9.    Inuvik Food Bank

Inuvik Food Bank is a non-profit organization that has been helping the less fortunate in the community of Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Inuvik Food Bank works with local agencies and other organizations to ensure that everyone in need receives the help they need. They collect food donations from individuals, businesses, and organizations.

The food bank provides food to individuals and families facing a crisis. The food bank also distributes fresh produce to members of the community whose income is too low for them to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

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10. The Nunavut National Parks Scholarship Trust

The Nunavut National Parks Scholarship Trust was founded in 1999 by the Government of Canada to provide financial assistance to students from Nunavut who are studying in fields related to the management and protection of Nunavut’s national parks, national historic sites, and traditional Inuit knowledge. This is a great chance for young people who want to make a difference in their community, country, and world!

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The Northwest Territories is a place to support, and if you were looking to support charitable organizations in this area, we hope we’ve made your search just a little bit easier. No matter which charity you end up donating to, please keep the people of the Northwest Territories in mind.

The charities chosen are those that support people in a meaningful way and are sustainable. They make a difference in their communities and the world as a whole by turning their donations into real progress. When it comes to giving back, the following charities should be at the top of your list!

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