Winter Bike for Tuktoyaktuk ‘House of Hope’

The Beaufort Delta region has experienced a heartbreaking amount of suicides.

In reaction to a number of young adults lost in the small hamlet of Tuktuyaaqtuuq (Tuktoyaktuk), youth have been demanding more safe spaces for themselves. Since the passings in September, young adults Agnes Krengnektak, Nathan 'Muk' Kuptana, Blaire Bernhardt, and other youth have been volunteering their time nightly for the opened space of Tuktoyaktuk's Kitti Hall for older youth.

As the community continues to develop sustainable supports, let's show these volunteers our appreciation by helping cover costs including food. Requests from young adults include a piano and music books.

Join me on my first long-distance overnight bike trek down the winding 150km gravel Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway (ITH). Temperatures in mid-November are currently between -10 and -20 C with arctic tundra winds.

If these youth continue to stay up to make sure others have a sober place amidst a housing and mental health crisis…

I will take the challenge as the Western Arctic winds continue to freeze everything over.

Based in the nearest community of Inuvik (2-hour drive), as a video journalist who has been spending time in Tuktoyaktuk asking in what ways I can help, I’ve seen and heard just how important keeping this space open is!

All proceeds are given to the Hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk under 'House of Hope' which the youth leads will have access to make program purchases. The first exchange was December 1st.

More Info:

Inuvik woman raises over $4,000 for suicide prevention by biking Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway -

'A long heartbreak': Tuktoyaktuk vigil calls for greater mental health supports (Aug 13) -

'A storm is brewing': Counsellors head to Tuktoyaktuk as mayor says town is in a mental health crisis (Sept 25) -

VIDEO CBC North - The Beaufort Delta is grappling with recent deaths by suicide. Back to back vigils in Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk brought people together to grieve. -
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Karli Zschögner
Inuvik, NT

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