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Hands Up Canada

Registered Name: Hands Up Canada

Business No: 742288889RR0001

Giving basic necessities of food, clothing, education to vulnerable Canadians in both southern cities and small northern hamlets in Nunavut.

Hands Up Canada


Hands Up Canada has a vision of every Canadian getting the help he or she needs to have the basic necessities of food, shelter, clothing and education. We embrace the importance of of a shared community of values and traditions and a feeling of belonging and being part of a larger caring community. This sense of community expands beyond the smallest hamlet of a few hundred Canadians living near the Arctic Circle to the largest metropolitan centre of several million Canadians.

Our current initiatives:

Gift Envelopes for Inuit Children. Every year Hands Up Canada sends hundreds of gift envelopes to schools in Nunavut and Northwest Territories. This is always a very exciting and much anticipated time. Each envelope contains socks, a candy cane, a book, coloured pencils or crayons, a few small toys. For many of these children this is the only gift they will receive this Christmas.  In 2021 we have shipped over 1400 Christmas gift envelopes to northern students.

Community and School Programmes in Nunavut and Northwest Territories.  Hands Up Canada has sent boxes ranging from basic supplies to gifts for students and elders to items for community sales that support efforts to bring affordable items to some of the most remote areas of Canada and provide funds for students to prepare holiday food boxes and communal meals to be shared with the elders in the communities. 

Emergency Diaper Bags It is often when a woman is pregnant or has a newborn child that she flees an abusive relationship and ends up in a woman's shelter without even the basic necessities for her young baby.  These diaper backpacks are filled with sleepers, blankets, diapers, baby wipes, towels and toiletries to help her get started on her new life.  We work with women's shelters and local agencies to identify those in need.  To date we have given over 100 Emergency Diaper Bags to women in local Toronto shelters.  In 2021 we started sending Emergency Diaper Bags to Inuvik, NT.  We plan to reach out to more northern communities with this programme in 2023.

Emergency Backpacks give a child who is suddenly entering a foster or emergency shelter basic necessities, including clothes and toiletries and a soft teddy bear to call their own. Emergency Backpacks help to relieve stress and uncertainty and provide comfort and reassurance to help them navigate through their changing life.  At the moment our kids backpacks range from ages 1-4 but with the help of generous donors we will expand this age group right up to teens.

Food Banks and Soup Kitchens in Nunavut and Northwest Territories.  In remote fly-in only Canadian communities it is a challenge to get affordable food to feed impoverished people.  Hands Up Canada has supported food banks and soup kitchens in many Inuit communities including Hall Beach, Sanikiluaq, Whale Cove, Ulukhaktok.  

Headstart Summer Backpacks for Nunavut and Northwest Territories.  Each spring we send backpacks to young Inuit children from pre-school to grade 3.  Bags are filled with tools to encourage reading readiness, development of fine motor skills and basic number and math knowledge. Making learning fun helps get young students ready for school in the fall and sets them on a path of educational success. In the spring of 2021 we sent 238 Headstart Summer Backpacks.  We will begin collecting items in January for our 2022 programme of early learning backpacks.

Inuit Women's Shelters Hands Up Canada has been involved with women's shelters and support groups in Nunavut.  Currently we send supplies to The Kataujaq Women's Shelter's The Safe Haven Group.

Inuit Outreach Programme Inukshuk Guardian Society in Iqaluit helps homeless and impoverished people in the capital of Nunavut especially when temperatures in winter drop as low as -60C.  Hands Up Canada has sent boxes of supplies with thermal socks, hats, gloves, food, flashlights, etc.  

Our vision includes all of Canada.

Canadians helping Canadians.




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