Qanuilirpitaa? (How are we now?) This is the question the Nunavik region is seeking is answer with the 2017 Nunavik Health Survey. This survey will follow-up participants of the 2004 Nunavik health survey, and will invite additional Nunavimmiut aged 16 years and older to participate. The survey will document physical and mental health outcomes, as well as the social and cultural factors associated with these outcomes. One of the new aspects of the survey is a focus on community conditions influencing health and well-being in each 14 Nunavik communities. Prof Riva is the scientific leader of the community component of the survey with her colleague Prof Christopher Fletcher from Université Laval. The community component aims to:

  • Define what is a healthy community from an Inuit point of view
  • Find ways to describe and measure community health so that changes for better or worse can be understood and actions taken.
  • Provide indicators of community conditions that are meaningful and useful to the communities of Nunavik.


Knowledge generated from the community component of the Qanuilirpitaa? 2017 survey will inform local and regional actions for community mobilization and development.


Qanuilirpitaa? 2017 is a collaboration between the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, the Institut national de santé publique du Quebec, and researchers from Université LavalMcGill University, and Trent University.


Data collection for the survey will take place on board the Canadian research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen which will sail to all 14 communities in Nunavik between August 19th to October 5th 2017.


For more information on the survey and the Amundsen's itinerary, click here.

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