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About Us

We are the first Child Advocacy Centre in Nunavut.

Our main function is to address the needs of children and youth who have experienced abuse.  The location provides a child-friendly space for mandated services to come to and coordinate around the child or youth to ensure that all legal and forensic evidence is gathered. Our two Child and Family Advocates and Trauma Therapist provide the children and their non-offending caregivers with the support that is necessary during the process of their case and healing.

We are also committed to  identifying and promoting evidence-based, Inuit-specific approaches to  therapy for children and youth and increasing the capacity of the community in providing these services.

Emma Akulukjuk-Hackett

I am one of the Child and Family Advocates at the Umingmak Centre, along with Laura. Laura and I support children, youth and their family members as they start the process of healing from difficult experiences. I was born and raised in Iqaluit and have a lot of family in Pangnirtung. I am also a skating coach with the Iqaluit Skating Club, and love to be out on the land or creating art.

Laura Churchill

I am one of the Child and Family Advocates at the Umingmak Centre. Emma and I are here for children, youth and families who are experiencing abuse and will do what we can to help families heal and move forward. Originally, I am from Clyde River, but have lived in Iqaluit for half of my life. In my spare time, I love sewing, and running my dog team.

Daniel Afram

I am the Clinical Director and Trauma Therapist at the Umingmak Centre. I work with children, youth and their families to build skills to work through challenging experiences. In my office, we use play and toys to talk about what is going on in life and build skills to help heal and cope. I was born in Ghana, grew up in Ontario, and have been in Nunavut since 2016. 

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