Nunavut experiences rates of child abuse at 10 times the national average. Our Umingmak Child and Youth Support Centre will be the first Child Advocacy Centre in Nunavut. Funded in part by the government of Canada, our Centre will open in 2019.
The centre is designed to address the needs of children and youth who experience abuse, and always strives to meet the cultural needs of Nunavummiut. As a one-stop-shop, the centre will co-ordinate the efforts of the various service providers to ensure that all evidence is gathered with the best supports in place to support the child and caregivers. Our clinical director, advocates and partners work together to provide these children with the best opportunity to heal.
The centre will include:
- child-friendly interview room for use by police and family services;
- medical examination room;
- counselling office;
- offices for 2 bilingual (Inuktitut – English, ASL-English) advocates;
- accommodation space for families from out of community.
Our progress so far:
- 2014 Needs Assessment (click here to view);
- 2015 Feasibility Study (click here to view);
- 2016 Strategic Plan, working group formalized, location identified;
- 2017 Policies and Procedures drafted, evaluation plan, formalized partnerships;
- 2018 Memorandum of Understanding passed in Nunavut Cabinet, location purchased, staff hired;
- 2019 – Opening date October 15, 2019.
You can find more information about Child Advocacy Centres at the Department of Justice website here