Unilingual Inuit in Ottawa seniors’ homes need translators, argues Nunavut MLA – CBC

Some Nunavummiut wait for more than 1,000 days for placement in long-term care facilities

Oct 24, 2016

Nunavut’s Health Minister says he’s exploring ways to provide full-time interpretation services for unilingual Inuit elders who move to Ottawa for long-term care because there aren’t enough facilities within the territory.

“A number of Nunavut elders are currently receiving care in Ottawa seniors’ [residences] with very little access to Inuktitut language services,” MLA David Joanasie said in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly on Friday.

“Nunavummiut go outside of the territory, out of not their own doing, but because the care’s not available.”

Earlier this year, the government tabled a 20-year strategy for improving continuing care in the territory which stated that at any given time 30 people are on the wait list for long-term care beds in Nunavut. At the end of February then-health minister Paul Okalik said 44 people were on the list.

Read More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/unilingual-inuit-elders-translation-1.3817348

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