Nunavut Adoption Records

Nunavut adoption legislation (The Adoption Act and the Aboriginal Custom Adoption Recognition Act) is based directly on that of the Northwest Territories, and contains the same provisions regarding closed records.

1.  Post Adoption Disclosure

For information on adoptions that took place in the Nunavut contact:

Director of Adoptions
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of Nunavut
Iqaluit, NU

Telephone : (867) 975-5700
Toll Free : 1-800-282-1949

  • Post Adoption Services brochure (PDF)
  • For forms go here:
  • 2.  Obtain your Hospital Records

    Mothers can call the Medical Records department of the hospital in which the birth took place to obtain your hospital chart with respect to prenatal care, labour and delivery, post natal care, hospital stay, etc.  Mothers should also apply for their child’s hospital record.  (Hint:  Do not use the word “adopted” if possible,  and if asked why records are required the answer is “for my personal record”).

    3.  Maternity Home Records

    Mothers who resided in Maternity Homes may apply to the organization which ran the home for any records which may have survived:

    For Salvation Army Homes contact:

    Salvation Army Archives
    26 Howden Road, Scarborough, Ontario

    More Information:

     The Adoption Act (PDF)