Funding Partners

We cannot understate how the contributions from our funders and stakeholders this year and in years past have helped NYA bring out the best in youth across the north. They have helped generate positive momentum, and develop young leaders who are leading the way for the next generation. We are certain NYA can demonstrate good value for the investments made and that going forward working together we can help change lives, develop amazing opportunities and programming, help northern youth achieve excellence, and live healthy, happy, and prosperous lives.

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…)

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.


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.

The Counselling Foundation

The Counselling Foundation of Canada is a private foundation, which champions learning and career development to help Canadians nurture the gifts and talents within themselves. The Counselling Foundation has generously supported the NYA Next Program since 2017.

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.

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”.

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.

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) represents the collective Inuvialuit interests in dealings with governments and the world at large. IRC’s goal is to continually improve the economic, social and cultural well-being of the Inuvialuit through implementation of the IFA and by all other available means.

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.


The North West Company

The North West Company strives to help make a positive progressive difference within each community they serve. One of the fundamental operating principles of The North West Company is their commitment to local organizations and programs.

The North Face

The North Face supports the NYA Next Program through their Explore Fund Grant. The grant funds innovative ideas, both large and small in scale, that are changing the way we think about outdoor participation, accessibility, and protection of the environment.

Atuqtuarvik Corporation

Atuqtuarvik Corporation is an Inuit investment company that was incorporated in 2000 to ensure direct Inuit participation in major economic opportunities in Nunavut.  The Corporation plays a key role in business development in Nunavut by providing risk capital and assisting Inuit businesses in leveraging funds from other sources.

Atuqtuarvik Corporation has been a funder of NYA since 2017 and continues to sponsor our Nunavummiut Participants.

Akaitcho Territory Government

The Akaitcho Territory Government (ATG) represents the collective social, political, cultural, environmental and economic interests of its constituent First Nations. ATG continues to sponsor NYA Participants from the region.

The ATG exists to assist Akaitcho communities as they develop the self-sufficiency required to realize their individual and collective future goals and objectives. Its prime function is to facilitate and coordinate the transitional efforts of its members as they move toward meaningful First Nation governance.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada helps fund NYA through the Department of Culture and Heritage, International Experiences Canada, and Canada Summer Jobs.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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