Our Philosophy

Strong culture, strong families, strong community

Our Mission

In partnership with parents and the community the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre fosters strong and proud Inuit children, youth and families.

Our Objectives

To provide Inuit children and youth with a learning environment that will enhance their overall development; to foster positive parenting through support and education; and to promote the retention of the Inuit culture and language.

Our Mandate

To serve Inuit children and youth, and their families.

Our Values

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit are the values that are understood to be “the Inuit way of doing things: the past, present and future knowledge, experience and values of Inuit society”. The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre reflects these values in the way we work.

Pijitsirniq : We recognize that each person has a valuable contribution in serving =
our community.

Pilimmaksarniq : We learn from each other and through experience.

Piliriqatigiingniq: We work collaboratively toward common goals.

Aajiqatigiingniq: We respect and consider different perspectives when making decisions.

Qanuqtuurungnarniq: We find solutions and use our resources effectively.

Avatimik kamattiarniq: We respect and nurture our relationship with the environment.

Our Partnerships with Families

We are committed to building strength and resiliency within families and within the Inuit community.  We believe that families who are healthy and strong are able to raise healthy and strong children.

Tapping into the strengths of families from a place of resiliency and capability is a philosophy that permeates all of OICC programs. The staff of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre supports the belief that it is a parent’s right and responsibility to be involved in all aspects of the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of their child’s programming.

The philosophy of the OICC is holistic, child-centred and community driven.  We recognize that serving a child means serving a family.  On a daily basis, we provide a multitude of family support services that includes but is not limited to one on one support, court accompaniment, Children’s Aid Society access visits, individual advocacy and referrals. Our approach is to support a family on their journey to physical, spiritual and emotional well-being by providing a caring, supportive and culturally based hub of services that meets  their individual needs.


The staff of OICC participates on a variety of committees and networks to ensure that the perspective of Inuit children and families living in an urban setting is at the forefront of key decision making. The breadth of these activities illustrates the potential that the OICC offers as a valued contributor during municipal, provincial/territorial, and national discussions that involve Inuit and their children. These activities have provided the OICC with the opportunity to educate and to ensure that the voice of the Inuit urban community is heard when programs or policies are being developed.

City of Ottawa Aboriginal Working Group
Eastern Ontario Children and Youth Health Network
Ottawa Leadership Table for Children and Youth
Best Start Aboriginal Working Group and Steering Committee
Ontario Aboriginal Head Start Association
Ottawa Network for Children Services
Children’s Aid Aboriginal Working Group
Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa Committee
CHEO, Multicultural Advisory Committee
Ottawa Carleton District School Board, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

In terms of advocacy and outreach, OICC representatives have:

  • met with the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs,
  • met with the Honourable Senator Charlie Watts,
  • hosted Mary Simon, President of ITK,
  • hosted the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth,
  • hosted the recipients of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education,
  • met with Jim Grieves, Assistant Deputy Minister, Early Learning Division of the Ministry of Education,
  • hosted several “Seeing is Believing” tours of our programs for
    the United Way,
  • presented to His Worship, Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, and many municipal councillors about the importance of affordable child care,
  • presented at the regional Urban Aboriginal Conference in 2011 on our Youth Programming and program sustainability,
  • presented to senior staff at the Regional Office of the Ministry of Children and Youth about the needs of Inuit children and youth,
  • presented at the Aboriginal Policy Research Conference (2008) about the importance of Inuit-specific programs for Inuit children, and
  • presented in 2009 in Halifax and Toronto, in partnership with the Urban Aboriginal Strategy, about the needs of urban Inuit.