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Mission and Vision

Mission: Our Mission is to enhance the well-being and self-reliance of Nunavummiut through integrated and innovative services.

“One Client, One Plan”

Vision: A Caring Community where all Nunavummiut thrive.



  • We believe in respecting others, nurturing relationships and caring for people.
  • We believe that the wellbeing of Nunavut depends on the wellbeing of each of its physical, social, economic, and cultural communities.
  • We believe that ready access to the government and its programs is essential to good government that is inclusive and welcomes the participation of citizens in planning the future.
  • We believe that as communities, and as a government, we are connected and reliant on each other to care for those in need.
  • We believe that it is only by developing a culture of lifelong learning that Nunavummiut can achieve their full potential.

Latest News

24 June 2022
Do you want to be a voice for women in Nunavut? The Minister responsible for the Status of Women, the Honourable Margaret Nakashuk, encourages...
18 March 2022
If you are receiving Income Assistance, please be advised that you must file your 2021 Income Tax Return to ensure you receive the benefits entitled...
18 March 2022
In April, Income Assistance will return to the regular, full assessment and verification processes in all communities.
07 March 2022
The Department of Family Services is accepting proposals for projects in 2022-2023 that support community-based childrearing programs and aim to...
07 March 2022
The Department of Family Services is now accepting proposals for community-based projects that promote women’s empowerment and that provide services...
28 February 2022
The Nunavut Food Security Coalition is now accepting funding proposals for projects that will address food security in Nunavut in 2022-23.
28 February 2022
The Department of Family Services is now accepting proposals for community-based initiatives that are focused on creating safe youth transitional...
14 February 2022
On September 1, 2021, The Department of Family Services established a Seniors Burial Benefit to help relieve some of the strain of losing a close...
01 February 2022
The Department of Family Services is now accepting proposals for targeted employment and training programs to be delivered in the 2022-2023 fiscal...
20 January 2021
As of this morning Nunavut has 175 positive cases of COVID-19.
30 December 2021
Due to increased cases of COVID-19 in Nunavut, Income Assistance appointments will be done by phone as much as possible in January with in-person...
03 December 2021
The Department of Family Services would like to advise residents of Clyde River that the Income Assistance Office in the community is closed due to...
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Foster Parenting   What is the role of a foster parent? Foster parents (foster families) provide a nurturing environment for a child that is unable to remain in their family home.
Fact Sheet Burial Coverage In certain, specific circumstances, the Government of Nunavut is responsible for burials. Who is covered? Individuals under the care of the Department of
What is a Productive Choice? A Productive Choice is the name given to any activity that will benefit the community or develop your skills to be as independent as possible. Productive Choices can

Did you know?

Arviat - September 30, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Community hall, John Ollie Complex.
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Arviat - Le 30 septembre 2020 – 19 h
Salle communautaire, complexe John Ollie.

Iqaluit - September 15, 2020 – 7...


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