In Communities

During the week of March 6-10, 2017, two of our Child and Youth Advocacy Specialists, David Korgak and Christa Kunuk from the Representative for Children and Youth’s Office (RCYO) visited the community of Pond Inlet. During their visit, David had the chance to meet with the students of the Ulaajuk Elementary School and Nasivvik High School to raise awareness about children and youth’s rights.
From May 5th to the 12th, Andrew Nunez and David Korgak, Child and Youth Advocacy Specialists, visited Baker Lake and Whale Cove. In that time, Andrew and David met with many members of each community.
While visiting Grise Fiord in May 2017, Colby, a Child and Youth Advocacy Specialist, felt that he was in the midst of one big family. Community members and professionals all meshed together to provide supports for each other. Colby was able to watch the RCMP team provide breakfast at the school for the students. He also had the privilege of taking part in a community feast and listening to one of the Elders share stories about his life.
RCY's Office Visits Kimmirut
During the week of February 6, 2017, one of our Child and Youth Advocacy Specialists, Christa Kunuk visited the community of Kimmirut, where she had the chance to connect with students from Kindergarten to grade 12 to raise awareness of their rights. This community visit was also a great opportunity to meet with a wide array of GN service providers including staff from the Department of Family Services, the Kimmirut Health Center as well as the Hamlet.
RCY’s Office Visits Sanikiluaq

During the week of January 15 – 19, 2017, Nancy Pellerin, one of our senior systemic investigators visited the community of Sanikiluaq. During the visit Nancy had an opportunity to spend time with students and staff at Nuiyak Elementary School. She also met with some of our territory’s future teachers; students enrolled in the Nunavut Teachers Education Program as well as other students attending Nunavut Arctic College.

RCY's Office Visits Arviat

During the week of January 15-19, 2017, RCY staff Lynn Matte, David Korgak and Katie Didham visited the welcoming community of Arviat. Lynn, David and Katie met with local service providers, including healthcare providers, educators, hamlet staff and members of the RCMP.

RCY team with Del Graff (centre), Alberta Child and Youth Advocate

In January 2017, RCY staff members Lynn Matte, Katie Didham, Nancy Pellerin, and David Korgak visited the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) in Edmonton, Alberta. The purpose of the visit was to assist our team in building its systemic and investigative knowledge base and capacity. Developing these areas of our work are key priorities for the RCY office over the upcoming years.


Our office visited Coral Harbour during the first week of October 2016. Here is what our child and youth advocacy specialist, Colby O’Donnell, had to say about his trip.

RCY's Office at Nunavut's Youth Parliament

On November 24, 2016, Nunavut’s Representative for Children and Youth took part in the Legislative Assembly’s televised Biennial Youth Parliament. At the event, the Representative spoke to youth parliamentarians about the RCY’s office and answered their questions on a variety of issues.

“This event was an amazing opportunity to connect with youth from across Nunavut and our office was honoured to take part,” Representative Sherry McNeil-Mulak said. “We were impressed with the issues youth raised and the caliber of the questions they asked.”


Kaajuk Kablalik, a child and youth advocacy specialist, recently visited Rankin Inlet with Sharon Reashore, our director of child and youth advocacy services. This is what Kaajuk said about his visit:

“This travel was supposed to be to Naujaat, but didn’t happen that way due to Mother Nature and her power. Instead, Sharon and I ended up in Rankin Inlet. It was a nostalgic experience for me as I had lived most of my life there!