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'Doing OK': Gjoa Haven beginning to heal after baby's death

The MLA for Gjoa Haven says his community is trying to heal following the death of a baby on July 4, which is under investigated by both the department of health and the coroner’s office.

A funeral has been held and the department of health has flown in counsellors to help

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The MLA for Gjoa Haven says the community is trying to heal following the death of a baby on July 4 which is under investigated by both the department of health and the coroner's office.

'The community, as usual, is always coming together,' says MLA Tony Akoak. (Courtesy Tony Akoak)
"The community as usual is always coming together, they seem to be doing OK right now," said Tony Akoak.

A funeral has already been held and the department of health has flown in three counsellors to help anyone who needs to talk.

"The people directly affected — they've been talking to them and helping them out and also anyone who needs to speak to them was invited to go to their sessions," said Akoak.

The sessions are being held in the afternoons as well as in the evenings until eight or nine.

On Wednesday, Nunavut's coroner confirmed that she's conducting an independent investigation into how the baby died.

This investigation will be independent from the one being undertaken by the ministry of health, which reported the death as a "critical incident."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sima Sahar Zerehi is a reporter with CBC North. She started her career in journalism with the ethnic press working for a Canadian-based Farsi language newspaper. Her CBC journey began as a regular commentator with CBC radio's Metro Morning. Since then she's worked with CBC in Montreal, Toronto and now Iqaluit.

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