Presented by Children First Canada

Chloe Quassa

Igloolik, Nunavut

Chloe Quassa is a passionate champion for the rights of Inuit children and youth to grow up free from poverty and hunger. At just 16 years old, she embodies exceptional leadership and community dedication in Igloolik, Nunavut. She takes proactive action by organizing winter and summer youth programs at the Igloolik Recreation Center, addressing the lack of recreational opportunities for Inuit youth in a region where access to such activities is limited.

Chloe’s commitment extends further as she volunteers at the local soup kitchen three times a week, serving families facing food insecurity and participating in vital community events like the Christmas games. Her involvement in Junior Rangers and collaboration with the Hamlet to provide recreational programming and support food security initiatives underscore her multifaceted impact.

Despite personal challenges like overcrowding and food insecurity in her own household, Chloe’s resilience shines through as she uses her earnings to buy food for her family and provides childcare due to limited options in Igloolik. In a community grappling with chronic poverty, intergenerational trauma, and a lack of access to basic needs like safe housing and clean water, Chloe’s initiatives stand out as beacons of hope and resilience. She mentors around 40 children during each camp session, serves approximately 50 people nightly at the soup kitchen, and quietly supports friends and family members with their needs, embodying the values of community care and support.

Chloe’s impact goes beyond immediate assistance; she is a catalyst for holistic well-being and community bonding. By providing opportunities for youth to engage in structured recreational activities, she addresses mental health challenges, substance abuse issues, and promotes overall well-being based on community values. Her work disrupts the status quo by fostering community resilience and empowering youth to take action in their surroundings.

Recognizing the transformative potential of her efforts, Chloe’s nomination for the Future is NOW award represents a significant step towards national recognition of her quiet yet profound contributions. This recognition not only celebrates her achievements but also provides her with opportunities for skills development, leadership experience, and networking that can fuel her journey towards meaningful, sustainable, and long-term impact in her community.

Chloe’s story is one of resilience, determination, and unwavering dedication to making Igloolik a better place for everyone. Her humble excellence serves as an inspiration, highlighting the crucial role of strong Inuit leaders in addressing community challenges and fostering positive change.