For Immediate Release

Youth voice captured in Representative for Children and Youth’s Office review of child and youth mental health services in Nunavut

Iqaluit, NU – Representative for Children and Youth’s Office (RCYO) staff have been reaching out to young people in Nunavut communities for their input on mental health services for children and youth.


TORONTO (January 31, 2018) – Following last week’s emergency meeting on Indigenous child welfare in Ottawa, convened by Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) has issued the following statement:


TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2018 /CNW/ - As a national organization of provincial and territorial child and youth advocates, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) finds Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, which takes effect in July 2018, concerning in a number of areas.

This week, the Representative for Children and Youth’s Office (RCYO) will be delivering their made-in-Nunavut, self-advocacy workshop, “Raise Your Voice”, for students at Aqsarniit Middle School in Iqaluit.

TORONTO (November 20, 2017) – Today, as we mark National Child Day, the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates (CCCYA) is encouraging federal, provincial and municipal governments, and all Canadians, to remember the fundamental rights of children and youth. The CCCYA is an association of children’s advocates, ombudsman and representatives from across Canada whose mandates include advancing the rights of children and youth. We are all independent officers of our respective legislatures, and we work to address mutual concerns.


The Representative for Children and Youth is pleased to announce the 2017 winners of the annual Your Story, Your Voice Contest.

The contest helps to raise awareness of child rights and marks National Child Day, which is celebrated every year on November 20th. The theme for this year’s contest was “the right to play” and school classes across the territory were invited to participate. Classes were asked to submit murals that reflected this year’s theme.


Today, the Representative for Children and Youth's Office (RCYO) launched a formal systemic review into the Government of Nunavut's mental health services for young Nunavummiut. This will be the Office's first such review and marks the official launch of its systemic advocacy program.



Dear Senator:

The Canadian Council of Child & Youth Advocates is an association of children's provincial and territorial advocates who have mandates to advance the rights of children and youth and to promote their voices. Advocates are all independent officers of the legislature in their respective jurisdictions. Through the Council, we identify areas of mutual concern, and work to develop ways to address issues at a national level.


Nunavut’s Representative for Children and Youth will honour National Child Day this year by participating in the Legislative Assembly’s Biennial Youth Parliament. National Child Day is marked every year on November 20 to recognize the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Canada signing the international treaty.


The RCY’s office held an orientation with its new Elder Advisors this past June in Iqaluit. The life experience and knowledge of Inuit culture and history that our five Elder Advisors have are essential to our work supporting children and youth in Nunavut. 

Our Elder Advisors currently consists of five Elders from across Nunavut. They are: Meeka Arnakaq, Pangnirtung; Lucy Makkigak, Rankin Inlet; Regilee Ootook, Pond Inlet; Helen Iguptak, Rankin Inlet; and Bessie Sitatak, Kugluktuk.