Healing and Wellbeing

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To overcome the challenges of poverty, we must help individuals, families, communities and our society improve our health and wellbeing. Mental health, self-esteem, and personal and cultural identity affect our relationships, education and development, access to employment, and ability to participate in the community.

Our discussions about this theme conclude that to reach our vision of our communities free of poverty we must pursue the following goals and objectives:

A. Support community-driven actions through the creation and ongoing support of community wellness plans

All efforts will be made to facilitate the creation of wellness plans for every community in Nunavut, building on the recent release of the Nunavut Community Wellness Planning pilot project report and the completion of six community wellness plans.

Community priorities identified through an inclusive process allow for community-based priorities to be the foundation for mutually beneficial relationships with outside agencies, and also allow for increased collaboration within the community.    

B. Further incorporate local resources in addressing mental health and addictions

At present, there is a broad patchwork of community-based initiatives that help people in need. Often, these resources are not known fully by the territorial mental health system or incorporated into a continuum of care for the individuals or families in need. 

All efforts will be made to further develop and incorporate community-based informal networks and formal community-based care with existing territorial services. This enhanced structure will allow for the appropriate care to be given by the appropriate care givers, and ensure culturally-relevant programs for addictions treatment. 

C. The creation of a territorial interagency committee to better integrate and administer wellness-related program funding

Funding for healing and wellness exists, but is scattered across government, non-profit organizations, and Inuit organizations. There is concern that the administrative processes for many funding programs in Nunavut sometimes function as a barrier to access or cause serious sustainability issues for community-driven initiatives.

We will work toward the creation of an interagency committee that will serve as a “single window” for communities who wish to access wellness-related funding. The committee also will explore ways to help overcome barriers for communities to access funding.