Major health study ‘by Inuit, for Inuit’ set to get underway in Nunavik – CBC

Medical exams for 2,000 randomly-selected people follows up on 2004 study

August 21, 2017

A major health study for Inuit in Nunavik is about to get underway, nearly 15 years after the last study highlighted a number of health and food security issues for the people living there.

Medical researchers on the Canadian Coast Guard’s Amundsen icebreaker will stop in the 14 Nunavik communities in northern Quebec over the next several weeks, checking in on the health of 2,000 randomly selected residents. Half will be between the ages of 16-30, while the other group will be 30 and older.

“The survey is being done by Inuit, for Inuit,” said Minnie Grey, the CEO of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services.

“We do have southern researchers, but we have a lot of Inuit participating as interviewers and assistants,” she said.

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