Troubled western Nunavut town wants mental health facility – NunatsiaqOnline

September 15, 2017

But health minister says “there are a lot of competing interests”

A long string of deaths and violent incidents have left residents in the Nunavut community of Gjoa Haven shell-shocked, and its MLA says the hamlet is in critical need of a mental health facility.

“The community of Gjoa Haven has suffered a series of sad and tragic events in recent times,” Gjoa Haven MLA Tony Akoak said during a member statement at the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, Sept. 12.

“It has become increasingly difficult for the residents to recover and move on towards healing without professional mental health support.”

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