The major construction project for the new centre is to build three fourplex to lodge Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre employees by the end of 2020. While two building pads were prepared this summer for next year’s construction, the third fourplex is up already.
The construction of this fourplex started back in the Summer 2018 in Kuujjuaq with the preparation of the building pad. As soon as the first sealift arrived this year, Kautaq Construction began the construction of the residence. The original schedule was respected so that the fourplex is now at the stage of the interior finishing. The building should be accessible to Isuarsivik by the beginning of December 2019, ready to be furnished with appliances and furniture in the same month and available for employees in February 2020.
Alongside this fourplex four sheds will be installed to store equipment and materiel. Two of these sheds were built out of a Sanajiit carpentry workshop in partnership with Kautaq Construction, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq and the Kativik Regional Government.
As part of the Sanajiit Project, ten apprentice workers used their new skills to build two small sheds for employees of the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre (Isuarsivik). Both facilities will be installed alongside two other identical ones, next to the brand new quadruplex that will house the organization’s employees as of February 2020.
In partnership with Kautaq Construction, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, and the Kativik Regional Government, students participated in a Level 1—Charpentry workshop from September 17 to 27, 2019 under the guidance of Patrick Paquette. The Sanajiit Project aims to increase the number of Inuit workers in the construction industry.
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After less than three months of work, the construction of the access road is now completed. The contractor GÉLY Construction respected the proposed timeline and the workers are closing the site in the coming days. The private road will not be accessible until the construction of the new centre has started. During this time, rocks will be placed at the entrance of the new road to restrict access up to July 2020. The collaboration of all Kuujjuamiut will be required to not wander around this location because it remains a construction site environment.
Several steps were needed to build this new road including tracing the rough pavement, breaking rocks for excavation along the road, installing culverts and making drainage ditches. About 60 blasting activities were done in a well controlled environment. No incidents were reported.
Furthermore, the previous months have been busy on site not only for the construction of the access road but also of the parking lot for the new centre as well as the preparation of two building pads for the staff houses.
Our Isuarsivik team is pleased to have not experienced any delay in this first phase of a major $40.5 million project and is still strongly committed to make it a success at all levels in respect of the culture, the land, the vegetation and animals. While the aesthetic impact of the road was different than anticipated, the team has been proactive. Various strategies have been explored to mitigate and encourage regrowth of the flora at the site.
During the 2018–2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM), the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre (Isuarsivik)’s members announced the appointment of three directors to represent the community. Following a public call for interest advertised in the 14 Nunavik communities, several candidates had attracted the attention of the Board members. The members of the Board were impressed by the quality of the applications and the region’s people’s interest in our cause.
Interviews were therefore held on September 16 and after further administrative procedures, the three new members were announced. Sean McDonald (Kuujjuaq), Louisa Kuananack (Puvirnituq) and Minnie Maali Snowball (Kanqiqsualujjuaq) now sit with the six members already in office.
A native of Newfoundland and a resident of Kuujjuaq from an early age, Mr. McDonald has been the manager of Kuujjuaq weather station for over 23 years. He has also held various positions as a mechanic, educator, fisherman and manager. He is motivated by Isuarsivik’s cause because “never have there been so many broken families from trauma and substance abuse in the region to a point where children are taking their lives or going to Foster care. The cycle will not end until we heal,” he stated.
Ms. Kuananack, is an Isuarsivik’s individual healing program alumni from 2011. Coordinator of the justice committee in Puvirnituq, she has been leading a healthy lifestyle since her time at our Centre. Her touching testimony during the Isuarsivik’s 2017–2018 Annual General Meeting inspired many. She is a true model of perseverance for the region and especially for her children. By sitting on Isuarsivik’s Board, she wishes to give back what she has received to those in need because she reveals perseverance, courage and faith no matter the trauma and challenges.
Ms. Snowball is proudly representing the Inuit younger generation on Isuarsivik’s Board. She is the coordinator of Qarmaapik House in her hometown. A graduate of Ulluriaq School in Kangiqsualujjuaq, she is a strong advocate of various northern issues and has represented the region at numerous meetings and events. As a former Students on Ice alumni delegate, she attended the United Nations Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 and met with then Premier Jean Charest to share her impressions of the Plan Nord. She feels privileged to sit on the Isuarsivik Board because she believes that it’s fulfilling and empowering to be involved in different initiatives as much as it is to help others in need. By being engaged locally and regionally, she also wants to show by example to her children that we can together make a difference.
During the 2018–2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre (Isuarsivik)’s members, the Board of Directors (BOD) wished to publicly acknowledge the exceptional contribution of five Kuujjuamiut who contributed substantially to the organization’s growth over the past decade.
Isuarsivik President, Dave Forrest, accompanied by Vice-president, Mary Aitchison, and Directors, Martha Greig and Shirley White Dupuis, addressed a few words to acknowledge the contribution and special support of each of the supporters to Isuarsivik’s various projects and operations.
It is therefore with pride that Samantha David, Sammy Duncan, Alec Gordon, Sammy Koneak, and Tunu Napartuk received these honors. A personalized frame with an exterior view of the new Recovery Centre was given to them as a token of appreciation.
It is with great pride and enthusiasm that the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre has been granted official certification by the Quebec Ministry of Public Security. Isuarsivik is now listed amongst 40 organizations recognized by Quebec correctional services as offering addictions services and inpatient programs.
This long-awaited accreditation is one more step in positioning the Centre as a recognized and specialized institution in the region. From now on, probation officers and detention centres across the province can refer potential guests to the Centre.
On September 23 and 24, 2019, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the members of the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre (Isuarsivik) was held in Kuujjuaq under the theme “Practice self-care.” All members of the organization were represented except for the Qarjuit Youth Council, which hold its AGM at the same time in Quaqtaq. The event was recorded and broadcast the same day on TNI, the regional radio.
Along with Isuarsivik’s management team, the members of the Board of Directors (BOD) were pleased to welcome the Executive Manager of the Ungava Tullatavik Health Centre, Mr. Larry Watt, the Director, Complementary and Compassionate Services at the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, Mr. Tunu Napartuk, the chairperson of the Kativik Regional Government, Ms. Jennifer Munick, the Executive Vice-president of Makivik Corporation, Mr. Adamie Delisle-Alaku, the Director, Research, archives, and documentation at Avataq Cultural Institute, Ms. Sylvie Côté Chew, the Executive Manager of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, Ms. Minnie Grey, the Mayor of the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq, Mr. Sammy Koneak and the Assistant Director of Social Services of the Inuulitsivik Health Centre, Ms. Lisa Sanschagrin.
The AGM annual theme was of particular importance to the Board, aware of the heavy workload of the entire Isuarsivik team. The marked growth of the organization brings an additional stress on the employees and they wanted to take advantage of this gathering to discuss with its members. Isuarsivik Vice-president, Mary Aitchison, and Director, Martha Greig, facilitated the exchange activity with all members present and good ideas were shared to better listen to our emotions and regularly take a wellness break. The Board concluded this moment by offering everyone an inspiring message, written on a postal card, along with a natural lip balm and a handmade body scrub.
On August 29, 2019, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec announced a joint investment to complete the funding package to provide Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre with a long-awaited facility. This confirmation came right on time to begin the construction of the new centre in the Summer 2020.
The first funding contribution was announced back in the Fall 2017 when the Kativik Regional Government and the Makivik Corporation each announced $1 million funding to kick off the project.
Then, the project received further support in late October 2018 from Indigenous Services Canada with a $6 million funding contribution. As a result, Isuarsivik was able to begin the construction of the access road before the confirmation of the entire funding.
Estimated at $40.5 million, the construction of the new centre includes the building of a new access road, a parking lot and three fourplexes to lodge staff. The funding of such project is made possible through five precious partners:
- 21 million from the Government of Canada, with Infrastructure Canada;
- 5 million from the Government of Quebec;
- 6 million from the Government of Canada, with Indigenous Services Canada;
- 75 million from Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre;
- 2 million from KRG;
- 1 million from Makivik.
In addition, the Société du Plan Nord (SPN) has supported the project by funding the technical and financial studies necessary for the design and construction of the building as well as contributing to the coordination of the project, with a distinct envelope of $1.5 million.
The new building will have 32 beds to accommodate individual and family program users, numerous office spaces, a daycare and school tutoring area for the clients’ children. The opening of the new centre is planned before the end of 2021.
On May 14th, Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre came to an agreement with the Société du Plan Nord regarding the final total budget for the construction project and the creation of a Construction Project Governance Structure. The Quebec government has shown positive leadership and commitment with our project over the past few months and we are delighted to confirm the official construction cost evaluated at $40.5 M. So far, $19.5M has been secured from Indigenous Services Canada, the Quebec government, the Kativik Regional Government, Makivik Corporation and seed money from Isuarsivik.
On June 4th, the Quebec government requested an allocation of $21M from Infrastructure Canada under the Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Program to complete the financial package. A 10 week period is necessary for Infrastructure Canada to process the application. A positive response is expected prior to August 29th, a significant date for Isuarsivik as the organization will host the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of the construction work for the new Centre.
The construction of the main facility is scheduled for next summer. In the meantime, we have to build the access road, parking and underground power line in order to be ready for 2020. Gely Construction was contracted to manage this specific project and has started their work since the end of July. The construction should be completed in early October.
The first fourplex to lodge employees will be built in the new town area of Kuujjuaq. The pad was completed during the last week of June by the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq. Kautaq Construction has started construction work and the building shall be made available for Isuarsivik staff sometimes in January or February 2020.
As for the two other fourplexs, the municipal council approved the derogation –on June 26th to zoning regulation to allow construction along the access road. Nayumivik Landholding of Kuujjuaq has already issued construction permits and geotechnical studies that will be completed during the summer to determine best construction method for both pads. Construction work is planned to commence in the summer 2020 and be completed by January 2021.
Besides Gely Construction, we also feel privileged to count amongst our construction partners SNC-Lavalin for civil engineering, EVOQ for architecture matters, NCK for structure expertise and BPA for electricity and mechanic knowledge.