Bill is the founder of the Bill Prankard Evangelical Association. BPEA has been working among Canada’s Inuit for the past forty years. Bill Prankard and BPEA have mentored Christian leaders and pastors and conducted numerous conferences and church meetings. During the forty years Bill has established a positive relationship and rapport with several communities and community leaders in Nunavut.
Steven is the Director of the Arctic Hope Project and as a 25-year-old Inuk, has overcome the effects of sexual abuse. Given his experience, he is able to relate to many who have sustained traumatic experiences. Through his personal story, he is able to bring hope to all Inuit youth that have been victims of abuse. Steven has been active in the Ottawa-Inuit community, having worked at the Mamisarvik Healing Centre as well as the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter, Claire.
Becky is the Administrator of The Arctic Hope Project and the wife of Steven Carleton. She previously worked as an Executive Assistant to Members of Parliament on Parliament Hill, as well as to a CEO in the Private Sector. She and Steven carry the vision of the Arctic Hope Project. In many ways, they embody what emotional restoration can look like after overcoming traumatic experiences.
Tagak Curley is an Inuit leader, politician, and businessman from Nunavut. As a prominent figure in the negotiations that led to the creation of Nunavut, Tagak was considered a living father of confederation in Nunavut. He is a former Nunavut Government Cabinet Minister, and is one of the most respected Inuit in Nunavut. His ability to dream and persevere through adversity will inspire and teach the AHP youth participants how to develop purpose for their lives.
Reepa Evic-Carleton is the treatment coordinator at Tungasuvvingat Inuit’s Mamisarvik Healing Centre in Ottawa. Mamisarvik is the only comprehensive, Inuit-specific, residential, trauma-and-addiction program of its kind in Canada. She is an Inuk from the Baffin Island-community of Pangnirtung and co-founded Mamisarvik national eight-week program in 2002, working as a trauma-and-addiction therapist. The program ranges from pre-treatment through intensive bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment to continuing care and transition housing. She is deeply committed to helping Inuit develop healthier lifestyles by ending substance dependence and recovering from the effects of individual and cultural trauma.