Visit to Toronto for first Overcoming Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness symposium

Daniel Kooveanatuk, a youth artist from Nunavut, shared his experiences at the symposium.

The symposium brought together many incredible leaders from all walks of life and different cultures. Everyone was there because they wanted to help other people feel less isolated. They also wanted to connect with other people who want to help others build good connections and relationships.

Some of the people I met were Jennifer Corriero from Taking IT Global, Kim Samuel from the Oxford University Poverty & Human Development initiative and the Samuel Family Foundation, Dr. Lisa DeLong from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, Owen Monroe from the Yukon and Kluane Adamek who is a Jane Glassco Fellow. She’s from the North too!

I got involved in this amazing exhibition when I was encouraged to take part in the Explore 150 project with Taking IT Global. I learned about it from the Arviat Film Society and was encouraged to try. And I’m glad I did because it led to this amazing experience.

One of my favorite experiences of the whole week was meeting the many amazing and different people from different places of the world. I couldn’t have thought of a better place to be during the week.

One of the coolest people of everyone I met at the conference was Owen Munroe. Owen was one of the first people I met at our day gathering in Toronto. Owen came from Yukon for the exhibition. He’s a young artist and what he made was a beautiful torch for the Special Olympics.