The Umingmak Centre is doing great work in Iqaluit. We have created 7 new services available to children, youth and families who are experiencing trauma: 1) child and youth specific, Nunavut-centred trauma therapy 2) pediatric clinic for client 3) cultural counselling for caregivers 4) Nunavut-specific trauma therapy assessment development and training 5) Community of Practice for practicing mental health professionals 6) child intervew coordination of Police and Child and Family Services 7) subject matter expertise.
We have created a healing space for Elders and cultural counsellors.
From our caregivers: A mother upon her first visit with her daughter to the Umingmak Centre said, “I wish this was available for me when I was abused as a child…I am so happy that she will finally get the support that she needs…I am so thankful that this exists”.
From one of our advocates: Since I have started my position at the Umingmak Centre, there have been various positive changes. We have been able to create good relationships with our partners since the opening of the centre and I have noticed a stronger sense of communication between our team and our partners. I have also noticed a general increase in awareness of our organization. Because of the clearer communication and the increased awareness, the cases that come through the centre run a lot smoother in the process compared to the beginning. Our team has been able to reach out and connect with organizations and programs beyond our partners (e.i. the women’s shelter, the soup kitchen, and more) to be able to work together and help those in the community who need it most.
From a partner doctor: “the collaboration we have between partners was not here before the Umingmak Centre.”
From one of our Elder counsellors: When one of the Elder Ilisaqsivik counsellors came to the Centre to meet with us and discuss working with the caregivers, she had tears in her eyes. She took off her glasses to wipe her eyes and told us that when she was a girl, she dreamed of a place like this to help her people.