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Qanuippitaa? – Inuit Health Survey

September 12, 2019

Inuit Tapariit Kanatami – The name of the project, Qanuippitaa?, echoes the names of the Inuit Health Survey that operated in Nunavik in 2004 and 2017 and in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut in 2007-2008. It is a permanent health survey, funded by a 2018 federal budget allocation of $82 million over 10 years with $6 million a year ongoing. Data collection is expected to begin in 2021 and take place every five years. All of the data will be owned by Inuit and survey questions will reflect Inuit health priorities.

“Through the work of this survey, we will overcome longstanding challenges regarding the availability and accessibility of data related to Inuit health and wellbeing. Reliable data that is owned and directed by Inuit is an essential component of good policy making to produce transformational change in the wellbeing of Inuit,” said Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

“The Inuit Health Survey has contributed greatly to our understanding of Inuit health in Inuit Nunangat. Inuit-supported research is critical to informing the design of policies that influence our quality of life,” said Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. The continued storage of the data and samples provides insight into changes in Inuit health over time. The regional Inuit organizations including Nunatsiavut Government, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation in partnership with McGill University are conducting the re-consent. This is being done in support from the Government of Nunavut, the Government of the Northwest Territories and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.