Nunavik Inuit Health Survey 2004 : Survey Highlights

The Inuit communities of Nunavik have experienced profound change in every aspect of their lives over the last few decades. As contact with more southerly regions increased, the Inuit changed their living habits, adopting a more sedentary lifestyle, modern living conditions and new eating habits. The survey conducted by Santé Québec in 1992 demonstrated that these changes had an impact on the health status of this population. Ten years later, the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) deemed it important to make plans for a new survey in its region to monitor the evolution of the health status and state of well-being of its population.

Thanks to the collaboration of a number of professionals from the health network and the university milieu, 17 theme papers, a nutrition report, and a methodological report were produced in the context of the survey. The information gathered enabled a profile to be compiled of the health status and state of well-being of the Nunavik Inuit at a specific moment in time; it also provided data on a number of health determinants.

This document presents the key results from the Nunavik Inuit Health Survey conducted in 2004 by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) aboard the Amundsen, a Canadian Coast Guard ship.

Louis Rochette
Institut national de santé publique du Québec
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