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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

25 January 2021
Due to increased cases of COVID-19 in Arviat, Income Assistance appointments will be done by phone as much as possible with in-person appointments as...
21 January 2021
The Department of Family Services is accepting proposals for projects within the 2021-2022 fiscal year for parenting and childrearing community...
07 January 2021
Income Assistance will return to the regular, full assessment and verification processes in January in all communities except Arviat and Whale Cove.
23 November 2020
The Department of Family Services would like to remind everyone that we all have a duty to report incidents of child abuse and neglect to the Family...
09 November 2020
Department of Family Services would like to recognize, honour and celebrate Nunavut’s adoptive families.
30 October 2020
The Department of Family Services is now accepting proposals for targeted employment and training initiatives to be delivered in the 2020-21 fiscal...
22 October 2020
Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child or youth?
22 September 2020
September 20-26 is Gender Equality Week in Canada. This year’s theme is “Because of you”, which recognizes and celebrates the activists and advocates...
09 September 2020
The Department of Family Services is accepting applications for the Income Assistance Appeal Board. This is a two-year term beginning October 17,...
28 August 2020
The Department of Family Services is continuing Nunavut-wide public consultations on the Apprenticeship Act this September.
04 June 2020
The Honourable Elisapee Sheutiapik, Minister of Family Services, today released the following statement:
13 May 2020
If you receive Income Assistance (IA), this is what you need to know when also applying for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB payments):
If you require immediate assistance, please click on the link below for contact information.


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 p...


Student Funding

Income Assistance for Seniors

Starting Your Career or Business

Apprenticeship Supports

Childcare Subsidy

Homelessness Initiatives Application