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Nunavik sexual abuse intervention flying team project

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Funding Sources: National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy - Regional Innovation Fund
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Summary of the Initiative

A fly-in treatment team is proposed as a way of bringing experienced sexual abuse counselling services to the population of Nunavik. This is a practical way of addressing the issue of the currently limited number of experienced counsellors in the region who are comfortable with the issue of sexual abuse. This is a solution that can be developed quickly and easily to provide a rapid response to the urgent need for treatment services, providing mid- and long-term treatment to child & youth victims and their families, children with sexual behaviour problems, as well as adult victims across the region.


The desired impact of the project is to ensure that victims of sexual abuse are able to meet with experienced and competent professionals on a regular basis to receive treatment to overcome the negative impacts of the abuse and reduce the likelihood of more abuse. Another desired impact is for the fly-in treatment team to share knowledge and tools with local front-line psychosocial workers during their visits so that local workers can continue to work with victims and families and offer support between the fly-in team’s visits. This will develop the capacity of local workers to address sexual abuse and increase their confidence in the services they offer to victims.


It is expected that the following outcomes will be observed when the flying team is deployed:

Improved child protection services and other supports for families in crisis;

Increased access to supports for healing among mothers and fathers (to reduce intergenerational trauma);

Increased access to supports for healing among mothers and fathers (to reduce intergenerational trauma);

Strengthened emotional coping skills among children (which would contribute to resilience and positive coping behaviours throughout their lives);

Strengthened skills and knowledge among parents and caregivers to prevent or respond to child sexual abuse (CSA);

Enhanced capacity to support child and youth survivors of sexual abuse; and,

Strengthened community engagement in family violence prevention.

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Lead Organization

Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services

Other Collaborators

The Ungava Tulattavik Health Center (Kuujjuaq)
The Inulitsivik Health Center (Puvirnituq)
The Regional School Board
The 14 Nunavik Northern Villages
The Wellness Committees in each community