"Qanuqitpit? Qanuippitali? Kanuivit?" "How about us? How are we?"
The 2007/2008 Inuit Health Survey for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut.

Our Purpose

Health survey
The Inuit Health Survey is the first comprehensive look at the health of Inuit in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut and Nunatsaivut. Inuit have expressed a desire to develop a health project that leaves a legacy for the future. So it is with “Qanuqitpit? Qanuippitali? Kanuivit? How about us? How are we?” that partners from the Canadian North and South will conduct a health survey that will discover information that Inuit want to know; information about the health and wellness of Inuit adults, children and communities throughout the North. Each jurisdictions' communities and Department of Health support the Inuit Health Survey. Research will respect Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, be conducted ethically and will respect the confidentiality of each participant.

Our Mission

“Qanuqitpit? Qanuippitali? Kanuivit?” strives to improve health care planning, personal health and community wellness for Inuit in each of the three regions by conducting a comprehensive and long-term health and wellness survey that:

  • uses up-to-date scientific and research practices
  • responds to Inuit needs and priorities
  • is culturally appropriate and acceptable
  • is developed in a participatory partnership and co-owned, in the long-term, by Inuit and community representatives

What will happen during the Inuit Health Survey?


Adult participants from randomly selected households complete initial parts of the survey on land, in their community. The second part of the survey is done on the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Amundsen, where participants have a clinical appointment. Approximately 1,117 people will be involved in the survey in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut in 2008. In 2007, 1,214 Inuit adults in 18 coastal communities in the Baffin and Kivalliq regions of Nunavut were involved. Thirteen communities in Nunavut were visited for the Child Health Survey in 2007 and four more communities were visited in the territory in 2008.

Click here for more information on the Inuit Health Survey for adults
Click here for more information on the Child Inuit Health Survey 

Who can participate?

Households in each community were randomly selected to participate in the Inuit Health Survey. From these households, Inuit women and men, 18 years and older, could participate. Appoximately 12% of people from each community will be randomly selected to participate.

What will happen with the results?

All adult and child participants will receive their personal results by mail after “Qanuqitpit? Qanuippitali? Kanuivit?” is completed. The information collected will be used to look at the overall health and wellness of Inuit in the three jurisdictions. Communities will receive information on the health of their residents and about where health promotion efforts may be needed.


Dental Care for the Whole Family

People are going to have vastly different needs when it comes to dentistry at different ages. Very young children are going to be dealing with the issues of teething and the loss of their first set of teeth. Older children are potentially going to need orthodontia and similar corrective tools, although adults can take advantage of those as well. All people are going to need cleanings, and adults are potentially going to need repair for their damaged permanent teeth. Older adults might need replacement teeth or dentures. Can make all the difference.

Family Dental Care

Many people are going to get dental insurance through their places of employment. They will usually be able to put most of their family members on their dental plans, which is going to make everything easier for them and for all of their family members. Purchasing dental insurance individually is going to be difficult at the best of times and certainly the worst of times, especially since different people are going to have vastly different dental needs, especially at different ages. Getting Calgary SE dentist can really make all the difference.

For many families, dental care is going to be most expensive when their children reach adolescence. Teenagers frequently experience crowding and they often have teeth that came in wrong by the time they reach adolescence. With very little kids, people usually don't even bother filling in cavities or dealing with those sorts of problems at all, since the kids are going to lose those teeth anyway. However, with teenagers, it suddenly becomes much more important for them to get a lot of tooth issues corrected. Teens are typically going to have a lot of new tooth problems that they'll get as a result of their lifestyles, which tend to be unhealthy compared to the lifestyles of their parents.

Adults typically have fairly lax dental needs, at least until later adulthood. They are usually just going to need regular checkups and cleanings in order to maintain what they have for a little while longer. However, adults who don't take care of their own teeth are often going to need significantly more help. All people are going to have different levels of luck when it comes to their dental health, and that makes family dental care that much more important for everyone involved. It's an essential long-term healthcare service.