What is iSparx?
iSparx is a new project that Pinnguaq is facilitating in six Nunavut communities. The iSparx project is led by Chelsea Singoorie, supporting York in the development and localization process. The iSparx project is designed to have community youth design and then test the game that supports mental health. Youth who sign up to participate will be supported by project facilitators, elders, and other community members, and receive a lot of valuable training in making video games in Inuit cultural knowledge. They will also receive education in mental health principles and leadership, and participate in a youth retreat.
The iSparx team is a partnership between the Isaksimagit Innusirmi Katujjiqaatigiit Embrace Life Council, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre, Pinnguaq, and the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research (York University, Toronto, Ontario). iSparx commits to promote the resilience and wellbeing of Inuit youth, and to be community informed and community led. Nunavut communities will collectively own and control how the iSparx data is collected, used and shared.