Funding Partners

Government of the Northwest Territories

The Government of the Northwest Territories is a longtime partner of NYA initially playing a key role in supporting the pilot programs for both the Nunavut Youth Abroad Program in 1998 and the pilot expansion to the NWT in 2005 and since providing ongoing funding and support to NYA’s Programs and Participants. Funding is provided through the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs, and the Department of Education.

Government of Nunavut

The Government of Nunavut has provided considerable support to Northern Youth Abroad throughout the organization’s 18 year history. Funded through both the Department of Education and the Department of Culture and Heritage, support is provided to NYA’s Canadian and International Programs and has been pivotal in NYA’s ability to serve its more than 275 Nunavummiut Participants.

Kakivak Association

Kakivak Association has provided support to participants from the Qikiqtani region for almost two decades. This investment is made through the Inuit Career Promotion and Awareness Program and contributes to the development of Participants job skills and employment readiness. The program funds are made available through a service delivery partnership between Kakivak Association and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.


Canadian North

Canadian North has been a significant and constant supporter of Northern Youth Abroad for more than 15 years. By providing both discounted and complimentary travel Canadian North allows NYA to serve more youth every year. Canadian North’s contributions have provided more than one million dollars in value to NYA through sponsorship.

“Canadian North is seriously northern. We’ve proudly served the Northwest Territories and Nunavut for over 80 years now. Today, as one of the NorTerra Group of Companies, we’re 100% owned by the Inuvialuit of the Western Arctic.  (more…)

Tlicho Government

The Tłı̨chǫ Government has supported Participants from the four Tłı̨chǫ communities for several years. As the governing authority within Tłı̨chǫ Lands, the Tłı̨chǫ Government has the power to pass laws, enforce its own laws, delegate its powers and authority, and establish structure of Tłı̨chǫ Government and its internal management.  By supporting NYA Participants the Tłı̨chǫ Government is investing in the development of young leaders throughout the region.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

Nunavut Tunngavik Incoporated (NTI) is the organization which coordinates and manages Inuit responsibilities set out in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and ensures that the federal and territorial governments fulfill their obligations.

Government of Canada

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.


Kitikmeot Inuit Association

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association has provided support to Northern Youth Abroad for more than a decade, as an investment in Participants from all across the region. As a birthright development corporation representing and benefiting the Kitikmeot Inuit of Nunavut their mandate is “To represent the interests of Kitikmeot Inuit by protecting and promoting our social, cultural, political, environmental and economic well-being”.

Kivalliq Partners in Development

Kivalliq Partners in Development (KPID) was created by the Kivalliq Inuit Association to develop healthy communities by increasing economic capacity. KPID encourages and assists business development in Kivalliq, and provides assistance with planning, developing and implementing opportunities for economic development in the region. KPID’s support of NYA is an investment in the future workforce of the region.



Dominion Diamond Corporation

Dominion Diamond Corporation is a key contributor to NYA, and has been a committed partner for several years. As a Canadian diamond mining company with ownership interests in two major producing diamond mines situated approximately 200 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle in Canada’s Northwest Territories, the Company operates the Ekati Diamond Mine, and also owns a 40% stake in the Diavik Diamond Mine.


Sahtu Dene Council

The Sahtu Dene Council has supported Participants from the Sahtu Region since NYA expanded to serve youth in the NWT in 2005. Through this more than 25 Participants have completed one or both of NYA’s core programs. The Sahtu Dene Council/ Sahtu Secretariat Inc is the coordinating body for seven land corporations with the mandate to ensure implementation of programs and services under the land claims agreement for the benefit of the Sahtu people.

Nunastar Fund for Northern Children

Nunastar Properties Inc. is one of the largest residential landlords in Northern Canada with 345 residential units for rent in Iqaluit. Nunastar also owns and operates the Frobisher Inn in Iqaluit and the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife and has established the $1.4 million Nunastar Fund for Northern Children which is dedicated to the health, education and well-being of children and youth in NWT and Nunavut. NYA began receiving support through this fund in 2014.

TD Bank

TD is committed to building stronger communities and works to enrich them by contributing to their social and economic development in long-lasting, sustainable ways. Creating opportunities for young people is one of TD’s community investment priorities. Through this initiative, TD is committed to ensuring young people have the opportunities and support they need to reach their full potential. TD has been an NYA funding partner since 2012.

Dehcho Divisional Education Council

The Dehcho Divisional Education Council is responsible for implementing education for students in the Dehcho region of the Northwest Territories and operates schools in each of the region’s eight communities. NYA has received support from the Dehcho DEC in the majority of years that the organization has offered programs in the NWT.

Tachane Foundation

The Tachane Foundation is a charitable foundation setup by the Sutherland Family. Its focus for giving is Canadian Aboriginal initiatives and youth development. Tachane has been an NYA funding partner since 2014.

Nunavut Mining Symposium

The Nunavut Mining Symposium attracts professionals from Inuit organizations, regulatory agencies, various levels of government, and exploration and mining companies. Events include conference sessions, a one-day trade show, hospitality suites, entertainment, and a gala dinner and awards evening to celebrate the mining and exploration industry in Nunavut.

Arthur Kroeger College

Arthur Kroeger College houses a flagship undergraduate program of Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs. NYA has partnered with Arthur Kroeger College through hosting students in the cooperative education program since 2007 with their generous support.

M.S. Naidoo Memorial Education Trust Fund


In order to honour the lifelong commitment to education of their husband and father, the late Munsamy Shunnumugam Naidoo, the Naidoo family established the M.S. Naidoo Memorial Education Trust Fund. The fund, of which NYA is the sole beneficiary, was created in 2015 to help Northern students realize their dream of furthering their education.

Qikiqtaaluk Corporation

Qikiqtaaluk Corporation (QC) is a wholly Inuit owned birthright development corporation created by the Baffin Region Inuit Association (now called the Qikiqtani Inuit Association). QC’s purpose is to provide direct employment and financial opportunities for Inuit within and outside the Qikiqtani Region.


Sahtu Divisional Education Council

The Sahtu DEC was established on April 1, 1989, to provide K to 12 education to all students within the Sahtu Region. The Mission of the Sahtu Divisional Education Council is: To provide excellent, culturally relevant, educational opportunities for students, who will experience success in a caring school environment and become life long learners.

Burkes Fish Landing


Burkes Fish Landing is based on Cape Breton Island in the community of New Victoria, NS. This family-run business is the largest lobster and crab fishing operation in Nova Scotia. Burkes Fish Landing has close ties to the north and has been a generous supporter of Northern Youth Abroad for a number of years.

Ndilo District Education Authority

The Ndilo District Education Authority is the governing body of K’alemi Dene School in Ndilo, NT. Comprised of the elected Chief and Council of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, the NDEA’s mandate is to oversee the activities of the school, provide community input and ensure the committee’s compliance to approved policies, agreements and guidelines.



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