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    Provincial prizewinner

    OSEntreprendre Challenge

    Students (Project Girls) at Jaanimmarik School in Kuujjuaq decided to make and sell their own bath and skincare products.

    The students had identified the people in their community who found it difficult to obtain personal care products. The climate in the region is hard on the skin. Thus was born the UVVAUTIK Soap Factory, which manufactures soap, skin creams and lip balms. These products are made with essential oils from local plants harvested by the students themselves.

    Level of education

    Secondary School - Special Education

    Students involved

    12 Students

    Nature of the project


    Results observed

    Having identified a need in the community, this team of girls operates a very successful enterprise! Demand is so great they are unable to distill enough essential oils to manufacture all the product they require. The students are aware the community applauds their hard work and initiative, which boosts their self-esteem and leaves them with a sense of accomplishment. They have decided to support the Isuarsivik Regional Recovery Centre by donating $2 to from every sale.

    Involvement and support

    The Kativik Regional Government has supported the project by funding the purchase of two distillers, as well as paying for the students' specialized training. Christine Nakoolak and Martin Roy mentored the girls by sharing their entrepreneurial expertise and experience. Both the Nunatsiaq News and journalist Sophie Langlois with Radio-Canada covered the project in their respective medium.

    Major steps

    • Search for bath and skincare product recipes 
    • Harvest ingredients 
    • Distill ingredients into essential oils
    • Make bath and skincare products 
    • Sell products

    Project materials needed

    • Electrical distillers
    • Room reserved for making the products
    • Various natural ingredients

    Connection with the Québec Education Program

    Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit is excellent for integrating skills from the Preschool and elementary education program and the Secondary education program.

    Broad Areas of Learning

    Subject Areas

    Intellectual competencies

    Methodological competency

    Communication-Related competency

    Personal and social competency

    Positive influences on student retention

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