In Communities

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!


Nancy, our systemic investigator and Odile, our manager of communications, recently came back from meeting young people and service providers in the communities of Chesterfield Inlet and Rankin Inlet. Here is what Nancy had to say about their trip:


Colby, one of our child and youth advocates, recently came back from meeting young people and service providers in the communities of Taloyoak, Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay. Here is what he had to say about his trip:


We had the pleasure of going to Cape Dorset March 29 to April 1, 2016.

We met so many amazing children and youth! The highlights were many but we really want to give a big shout out to the students, parents and guardians and staff from both Peter Pitseolak High School and Sam Pudlat Elementary School.


Sharon, our director of advocacy services, and Colby, one of our child and youth advocates, visited Gjoa Haven and Kugaaruk in February 2016.


Sherry, the Representative, and Christa, one of our child and youth advocates, visited the communities of Igloolik and Hall Beach in February, 2016.

One highlight was going to the schools in Igloolik and Hall Beach and meeting directly with young Nunavummiut. “They were very engaged and we enjoyed hearing what they had to say,” Christa said.

We celebrated the opening of the office in Iqaluit on October 23, 2015. We had a tour of collectibles during the next few years!