The KRG social circus program is being implemented in close collaboration with Cirque du Soleil®. It is a five-year project to encourage youth to make positive lifestyle choices, putting to use circus arts to reach out to youth. By fostering self-esteem, a sense of belonging, artistic and creative expression, not to mention perseverance and discipline, the KRG program aims to promote education and employment, reduce alcohol and drug abuse, and discourage violence. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil’s outreach program, Cirque du Monde, the KRG program was launched in the fall of 2009 in consultation with the Kativik School Board and the Makivik Corporation.
The KRG social circus program is inclusive, targeting all youth: students as well as young people who are no longer attending school. Encompassing different forms of performance and visual arts (juggling, acrobatics, dance, music, clowning and set design, among others), the program appeals to a wide range of interests and encourages youth to incorporate elements of their own culture.