- Better mental health support is requested for Faro communities.
- Victims of domestic violence, Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said facilities are available throughout the territory through Victim Services by calling on 1-800-661-0408.
Pelly-Nisutlin MLA Stacey Hassard is what he describes as “significant gaps in service and supports” for his riding of Faro.
During the question period in the legislature on Nov. 15, the Yukon Party MLA noted that facility was provided to the community immediately following October. Although 26 shootings are appreciated, permanent services are needed.
First speaking to supporters for victims of domestic violence, Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee said facilities are available throughout the territory through Victim Services by calling on 1-800-661-0408.
“Services are available to all Yukoners from Victim Services regardless of whether or not an application is being made to a court or any services which involve court cases,” she said. “Victim Services is open to all Yukoners who recognize themselves as victims and need support .”
Hassard, however, sent an email from a community member to the government. The letter notified that staff based in Carmacks are required to cover three other communities, also Faro, Pelly Crossing and Ross River.
Carmacks has four mental wellness hubs set up to serve rural communities. Others are in Dawson City, Haines Junction and Watson Lake.
“There is no way one person can provide enough support to four communities,” Hassard quoted from the email. “This hub worker is the only counselling support in Faro.”
Hassard also pointed to the impact that the amalgamation of the Faro and Ross River RCMP detachments several years ago has had on the community. There are only two members based in Faro, and a scheduling system “reportedly” results in one or even no members on duty.
“As highlighted in the correspondence to the premier and the deputy premier, this means that, on several occasions, the community of Faro has to wait for an hour for the RCMP to arrive,” Hassard said.
Both McPhee and Premier Sandy Silver emphasized the immediate response to the Oct. 26 shooting. However, McPhee also continued to point to Victim Services as being available to anyone in the territory.
“I know that there were specialists sent to help individuals at the school, both students and teachers,” McPhee said. “I know that there were specialists sent to help individuals in the community who felt concerned about what had happened and rightly so.”
Silver issued thanks to RCMP and others in government “who were there on the ground floor during these horrific events and putting extra supports in there on the short term.
“Over the longer period, we will continue to expand the programs that we have already expanded from the Yukon Party when it comes to mental health services . We will continue to make sure that long-term supports are available for all communities in rural Yukon.”
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