Department of Family Services Minister Margaret Nakashuk has acknowledged and accepted the findings of the Auditor General’s reports regarding “sustainable and effective challenges to the child welfare challenges faced in Nunavut.”
In the legislative assembly on Oct. 19, she also spoke of the development of her department’s strategic plan as a response to the findings. This includes initiatives like hiring, training, onboarding, and providing wraparound staff supports.
“We are exploring professional education opportunities, employment incentives, partnerships, and other innovative approaches. The project involves close collaboration with territorial and regional staff in Family Services and other government departments,” said Nakashuk. “We’re bringing in a quality assurance process, better standards and chances for staff to grow. The plan also includes a way to carefully assess how well we’re helping our clients. I hope to table the strategic plan in this House in the coming months.”
The minister offered an apology for “systemic deficiencies” and the “very personal impact this has had on vulnerable Nunavummiut.”
She assured the legislative assembly that the best interests of families and children are being served with “immediate and sustainable steps.”
“I am committed to ensuring that history is not repeated,” she concluded.