The Kugluktuk family wellness office will be closed from May 18 until May 24 due to staff shortages, the Department of Family Services announced in a press release on Thursday.

The dates of the closure are subject to change pending staff availability.

In the release, the Department of Health assured it is “working with partners to ensure Nunavummiut have access to necessary services while addressing staff shortages.”

A limited number of staff will be available to provide select services during the temporary closure, such as family visits and assisting clients to and from appointments. However, delays should be expected when contacting the office’s on-call number.

Community members can find the contact numbers for other family wellness offices across the territory on the Government of Nunavut’s official website. In the event of an emergency, community members are encouraged to contact local RCMP.

The Taloyoak and Kugaaruk family wellness offices are both also currently closed due to staffing shortages. The Taloyoak office’s doors are expected to remain closed until May 26, while the Kugaaruk office will be shuttered “until further notice,” per a release earlier this week.

Gjoa Haven and Camrbidge Bay office’s experienced similar closures of varying lengths last year for the same reason.

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