The Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk

March 04, 2014 12:00 ET

The Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk: Media Release

KUGLUKTUK, NUNAVUT--(Marketwired - March 4, 2014) - The Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk and Kugluktuk Radio Society are proud to announce that they are bringing Ariel Tweto to Kugluktuk to talk about Suicide Prevention. Ariel's presentation will inspire the people of Kugluktuk to dream big and to value the importance of goal setting. Ariel will be in Kugluktuk from March 16 until March 18.

"I'm super excited and flattered to be invited to Kugluktuk" Says Ariel. "I can't wait to meet everyone and share my thoughts and stories. I have been very lucky so far in life and I think it has a lot to do with my outlook, the people I surround myself with, my upbringing, family, and my goal setting. I want to share my experiences with others and hopefully inspire people to step outside of their comfort zone and to dream big." Ariel goes on to say, "I ask myself almost every day, what is my reason for waking up today? And most days I have an answer, if I don't have one, I go and find it! I want to help people find a reason to wake up....oh yeah, and I'm really excited to eat some home cooked country food!!!!"

Ariel and her family were featured on Discovery Channel's Flying Wild Alaska for 3 seasons. Ariel, who is an Alaskan Inuit, was born and raised in Unalakleet Alaska and has experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations of living in remote communities.

Mike Webster, the Executive Director for the Kugluktuk Radio Society (KRS), says "there's a real connection between the Iñupiaq of Western Alaska and here. The KRS Board welcomes the opportunity to help the Society for Building a Healthier Kugluktuk in its work with former residential school students and their families."

Suicide rates across the North continue to climb. School attendance, employability, addictions, teen pregnancies and mental health are often cited as going issues in Kugluktuk. Sheila Klengenberg, a founding member of Healthy Kugluktuk, says "Kugluktuk really needs to change so the whole community comes together to deal with trauma. Ariel's visit with her Dad is a game changer for the average person … here's a young Inuk woman who dreams big and works toward her goals with her family's support," said Sheila; "we appreciate Ariel coming here to talk around with youth, parents and elders."

"Meaningful friendships will develop," says Donna Pangun, one of Healthy Kugluktuk's Cultural Support advisors; "Ariel is a big inspiration to the youth here in Kugluktuk. Her happiness and love of life really catches on … she's just a lot of fun but she has a powerful message to share, a message that won't easily be forgotten."

The news of Ariel coming to Kugluktuk already has the community buzzing, "We are very happy Ariel is coming to visit us in Kugluktuk," said Wendy Bolt, a community role model in her own right. "My husband and I are big fans of Flying Wild Alaska, my youngest loves shows about planes, and it's not very often people from a TV show come here." Many people in Kugluktuk catching wind of Ariel's visit appreciate her wanting to help inspire people with their passion for fun, hard work and healthy living.

Ariel's goal is to travel to other remote communities in the future to talk and interact with the residents with a hope to make a difference and show people that there are options and the opportunities that exist are limitless.

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