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Nunavummiut voices reflected in suicide consultation report

IQALUIT, Nunavut (April 22, 2010) Nunavut’s Suicide Prevention Strategy working group today released a summary report of the 2009 community consultations on the development of a territorial suicide prevention strategy.

The working group focuses on public engagement to ensure all voices are heard in the process of developing a strategy. The intent of sharing this summary is to report back to Nunavummiut about what was shared by community members during the consultations. 

A total of 54 consultations were conducted in Nunavut in 2009, reaching more than 500 people. The feedback was split into two categories: general comments on factors associated with suicide and suicide prevention; and comments that lead to the development of seven focal points discussed in today’s summary report.

Based on the responses from the consultation and the findings of the working group, a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan is now being drafted. The expected completion date is June, 2010.The summary report, entitled, Towards the development of a Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy: A summary report on the 2009 community consultations, will be distributed to all communities and can be accessed through the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. website,, or the Government of Nunavut website,

The Suicide Prevention Strategy working group is comprised of representatives from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Government of Nunavut, the Embrace Life Council and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, ‘V’ Division.

For more information please contact:

Franco Buscemi                                                                   

Director of Communications                                                             

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated                                                    

Tel: (867) 975-4939 Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006                           



S.J. (Steve) McVarnock

Chief Superintendent Commanding Officer

RCMP “V” Division

Tel: (867) 975-4400


Lori Idlout

Executive Director

Embrace Life Council

Tel: (867) 975-3233 Toll-Free: 1-866-804-2782


Pam Coulter

A/ Director of Communications

Government of Nunavut, Department of Health and Social Services

Tel: (867) 975-5712

Towards the Development of a Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategy