Inuit Oral Health Survey Report 2008-2009

First Nations, Inuit and Aboriginal Health

Health Canada in partnership with:
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Nunatsiavut Government
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

March 2011


This report would not have been realized without the help of many individuals and organizations. I would like to take a moment to thank and acknowledge all those who have provided their time, assistance and experience to the Inuit Oral Health Survey.To begin with, I would like to acknowledge the immense support provided by the Inuit organizations. The National Inuit Committee on Health (NICoH), within Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) helped to craft the interview questions, found the recipients for the contribution agreements to hire the community survey staff, and brought their support and expertise to draft the participant’s consent form, information brochure and poster.

Special thanks must go to the various ethics boards such as Health Canada, Aurora Research Institute, the Nunavut Research Institute and the Nunatsiavut Department of Health and Social Development who have ensured that privacy and confidentiality of the Survey participants was respected.

The Inuit Oral Health Survey was built on the Oral Health Component of the Canadian Health Measures Survey, therefore, I want to extend my appreciation to the Oral Health Steering Committee who helped draft the survey tools and the examiner manual.

The survey would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada which allowed Regional Dental Officers to participate in the survey as dentist examiners.

We are grateful to Dr. Harry Ames who calibrated the examiner dentists to World Health Organization (WHO) standards and who also analyzed the data collected from the survey with the help of Ms. Suzelle Giroux from Statistics Canada.

A special word of thanks must go to all those at Health Canada for their contributions to the report, to Dr. James Leake for his enormous contribution to the final report and to Dr. Roger Bélanger, Public Health Dentist Advisor, Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.

I am especially grateful to my staff in the Office of the Chief Dental Officer and in particular to Valerie Malazdrewicz, Lisette Dufour and Amanda Gillis.

Finally, I would like to thank all those who participated in the calibration sessions and give a special note of thanks to the participating communities and to the 1216 Inuit, who by participating in the survey, made all of this possible.


Dr. Peter Cooney, BDS, LDM, DDPH, MSc, FRCD(C)
Chief Dental Officer, Health Canada

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