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Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic

by Arctic Children and Youth Foundation
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Improve Response to Child Abuse in the Arctic
Our Child and Youth Advocates
Our Child and Youth Advocates

The Umingmak Centre has been open for 5 and half months. We have coordinated 31 investigations with the RCMP Special Victims Unit, Child and Family Services and the paediatricians. We see 3-4 clients and their families per day for follow-up services and therapy, and have held bi monthly clinics for pediatricians to provide follow-up exams. 

During the COVID pandemic, we have closed the Centre except for investigations of abuse. Many of our clients don't have access to internet due to a lack of devices so we have purchased tablets so we can connect and continue therapy sessions. We also loaded them with educational and wellness activities. We have created wellness care packages and given out food vouchers. We have also started one-on-one outdoor activities with each client so that our advocates can still maintain the relationship.

We still continue interagency meetings meetings with our partners online.  After 2 community consultations, meeting with over 40 partners, we developed a Nunavut-specific mental health assessment for children and youth and a training program for professionals and paraprofessionals who wish to increase their skill and knowledge working with children and youth. A community of practice has arisen out of the group that attended training and continues to meet bi monthly online. 

Learning from Elders
Learning from Elders
Our waiting area
Our waiting area
Our building in spring
Our building in spring

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Advocate

The Umingmak Centre officially opened October 15, 2019. We have 2 Inuit advocates and one clinical director of child and youth specific therapy. We have had great responses from clients and their caregivers. Many of the caregivers say they wish this service had been around when they were young and many of the kids connect with our advocates so well they want to come back to see them more often than they are scheduled for appointments. 

Our partners are working very well together, we have 100% attendance at meetings and trainings. Service coordination of different departments and agencies is challenging and will require continuous relationship building to bring all partners together in a constructive way. 

The database is working well, our logic model and indicators have been created. The collection of data is ongoing and we won’t be doing a full evaluation this year. We will be monitoring for learning. 

Our clinical director and advocates are working with our partners to development a Nunavut-appropriate framework for counsellors, clinical therapists, and paraprofessionals that work with children and youth. We have had 2 workshops with multiple stakeholders to determine a) what practices are already being done b) what training is needed by each partner c) how we can create appropriate assessment and treatment for Nunavummiut.

We are looking for funding to create a new healing space for Inuit counsellors and Elders to work with the caregivers. This will be a space to connect to culture and healing through activities and counselling (See picture 8 for our vision).

The Umingmak Centre was one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls recommendations, under Calls for Justice for Inuit, section 16.39. We also won the Canadian Social Pediatrics Award (see picture 9). 

Advocate
Advocate
Clinical Director
Clinical Director
Front Waiting Room
Front Waiting Room
Interview Room
Interview Room
Therapy space
Therapy space
Medical Room
Medical Room
New healing space needed
New healing space needed
Canadian Social Paediatrics Award
Canadian Social Paediatrics Award

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Arctic Children and Youth Foundation

Location: Iqaluit, NU - Canada
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Sarah Clark
Iqaluit, NU Canada
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