Studying how Inuit kids ended up in unlicensed care home could take month: Premier
Akeeagok faces questions from MLAs on the performance of Family Services Department
Premier P.J. Akeeagok was questioned in the legislature Tuesday over what the Government of Nunavut is doing to investigate circumstances that led to several Inuit children being placed in an unlicensed group home in Alberta.
Baker Lake MLA Craig Simailak told Akeeagok that news reports from late March “indicate that a lawyer in the south has been hired to conduct the review of what happened with these young children.”
Responding in Inuktitut, Akeeagok said, “As I indicated last month, there was going to be an investigation [into how] they were placed there.”
Akeeagok said the government was told the investigation would take up to one month to conduct.
“Once the investigation is complete, we will know the results of the findings,” he said.
CBC reported May 3 that a spokesperson for the premier said a third party had been contracted to review the incident with the Family Services Department.
Simailak’s questions in the legislature came as Canada’s auditor general, Karen Hogan, was set to release results of her audit of the Family Services Department.
“There have been two previous reports on this same topic, and it was felt that a third audit of these services was warranted,” Simailak said. “I anticipate that we will have some serious discussions in the near future.
“Can the premier explain what factors he took into consideration when determining the need for a formal investigation into this specific incident?”
Referring to the auditor’s report in general, Akeeagok said, “We will take [this under] serious consideration and the government as a whole will have to deal with this issue.”