Iqaluit education authority takes Nunavut gov’t to court over blocking support workers – CBC

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Nov 30, 2023

‘This seemed to be a way to get the government to talk,’ says lawyer

The Iqaluit District Education Authority is taking the Government of Nunavut to court, alleging the territory’s Department of Education blocked access to assessment services it wanted to provide for students.

The education authority says it received $120,000 from the federal Inuit Child First Initiative earlier this year to screen 28 children for emotional and behavioural challenges.

The group claims the GN barred some support workers from helping students in need by preventing professionals from entering schools to conduct assessments and encouraging the contractor of the services to withdraw its contract.

The Department of Education told CBC News it would respond to a request for comment by the end of the day Thursday.

Anne Crawford, the education authority’s lawyer, said the group wants the Nunavut Court of Justice to review the situation through mediation.

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