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Nunavut plans to build four new shelters for women fleeing violence – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on March 9, 202067 Views

9 March 2020

Nunavut plans to increase its spending on family violence services and emergency support for 2020-21, in a move widely praised by regular MLAs.

“I appreciate the efforts made to restructure and strengthen service delivery to increase focus on Nunavut’s most vulnerable,” Iqaluit-Manirajak MLA Adam Lightstone said on March 5 in his member’s statement to the territorial legislature.

Two years ago Lightstone tabled a report in the legislature from the Nunavut Coroner’s Office and the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, with recommendations aimed to prevent domestic violence.

“On numerous occasions, members have called on our government to increase support to address domestic and family violence, to do more for women fleeing from violence, and children that have been subjected to abuse. I cannot express how encouraging it is to see substantial progress,” Lightstone said.

“I would like to thank this government on behalf of all of the most vulnerable Nunavummiut for taking such a significant step to ensuring their well-being; namely, the homeless, the victims of domestic violence, and the children who need a safe space.”

The GN plans to spend more than $2 million on new and existing homeless shelters and will promote the establishment of more safe houses and shelter services across Nunavut, according to discussions on March 4 during the committee of the whole’s look at the budget for the Department of Family Services.

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