“Working at OICC is important to me because it connects me to my community.”
Occupation: Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre (OICC) Youth Worker Assistant for the Tukimut Afterschool Program.
Simon is a presenter for OICC’s Bridging the Gap Program.
He relishes both roles because they connect him to the Inuit community while helping to celebrate Inuit culture and traditions.
Simon provides cultural information, educational presentations, resources and support to both students and teachers in schools across Ottawa.
The workshops he presents in high schools touch on: Inuit Traditional Living, History and Trauma, Current Issues and Strengths of Inuit, Inuit Games, Inuit Myths & Legends.
Simon joined OICC as a summer student following graduation from the Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School Program.
He was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut and moved to Ottawa as a youth with his family.
This experience has proven invaluable – enabling him to relate directly to OICC students, and help them reconnect with their Inuit roots.
Words that best describe Simon are “artistic” and “creative.” Whatever he does, Simon always gives one hundred percent. “I try my best, whether it be painting and sketching, poetry, or sewing and beadwork,” he says.
When he has free time, Simon likes to bead, listen to music and admits that he is a self-proclaimed “connoisseur” of “streetwear and sneaker culture!”
From October to November 2017, Simon Coady performed in the Canada 150 From the North cultural festival showcased in Whitehorse, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, Ottawa, Montreal & Vancouver.
From the North brings together musicians, visual artists, media artists, storytellers, dancers and Dene and Inuit athletes from the territories on a tour of the northern capital cities – Whitehorse,
Yellowknife and Iqaluit – followed by stops in Ottawa, Montréal and Vancouver. The show is made up of three distinct components: an evening gala performance, an afternoon fest and a touring visual arts exhibit.
Showcasing performers from all three territories, our evening show weaves together stories, music and dance from some of the North’s most talented artists: IVA, Riit, Quantum Tangle, NÀHGĄ Sophie Villeneuve, Borealis Soul, and the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and DASH.
Featuring throat singing, hip hop dancing, electronica-infused traditional drumming, dancing, and singing and storytelling in French, English and Inuktitut, we will share the stories of the North, how we see the world and who we are as Northerners.