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Cape Dorset gives social services back to GN

Jeanne Gagnon
Northern News Services
Published Monday, September 5, 2011

Nunavut is taking back the responsibility of providing social programs and services in Cape Dorset, it announced last week.

The community was providing those services for the last seven years after it signed an agreement with the territorial government on April 1, 2004. Both parties decided to end the agreement this past July, a decision effective Sept. 30.

"This is an important role in our community and we feel it should once again be back within the Department of Health and Social Services," Cape Dorset Mayor Cary Merritt stated in a press release. "By mutual decision, we believe they should do so again here in Cape Dorset."

Iglulik is now the lone community with an agreement with the territorial government to provide social services to its residents. The territorial government provides such programs and services to its other 24 communities.

"The most important thing is providing the best possible service to the children and families of Cape Dorset," Health and Social Services Minister Tagak Curley stated in a press release. "Together, we came to the conclusion the best way to do that is for the department to re-establish its role as social services provider in the community."

Curley said the government is working with the hamlet to ensure a seamless transition.

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