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LUCY AQPIK - IQALUIT, NUNAVUT

Girls Action gave me strength to do what I want to do in life, what inspires me. Through Girls Action, I met a lot of girls with the same aspects as me. This made me want to make a difference in youth, especially young girls.

I am from Iqaluit, and originally from Kimmirut, Nunavut. I first got involved with Girls Action when I went to Make Some Noise North in Whitehorse. Young girls and women from across Canada came together for a one-week leadership skills workshop.

After taking that course I was like, “I wish every girl could take this!” It gave me a big boost of confidence to my self-esteem because I was really shy. When I came home, I could say to people, “I have this skill now” and “I have been to this training”…

One of the workshops we did in Whitehorse was about sexual health. That topic made me want to learn more and to bring that knowledge to educate other youth in Nunavut.

In my community, I don’t see a lot of confidence or knowledge about sexual health.  Teen pregnancy is one of the issues. Why don’t they wear a condom? Maybe they don’t have confidence and not enough resources. I think girls are usually shy, like, maybe you’re bad if you talk about this stuff, or “ewww!”

My dream is to give presentations to schools and communities to promote sexual health. I need to practice more to develop the skills, so I went to a Sexual Health Conference in Kujjuuaq and now I am a representative for an Aboriginal Youth STI Intervention Committee.

My hope for the girls in my community is that they can be more aware of their health and take care of themselves. I also want them to try new things, like I am doing, going to Girls Action retreats and the leadership training.