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Plan to scrap TB in North will need Inuit trust, collaboration, says Philpott

By Emily Haws      

Opposition critics say Liberal goal of eliminating tuberculosis by 2030 is unrealistic, given housing and the treatment money allocated to northern regions.

Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says community-led initiatives are key to helping reach the goal of eradicating tuberculosis among the Inuit, who have a history of mistrust of the Canadian government due to forced removal in the 1950s and '60s. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott says that treating Inuit tuberculosis patients within their own communities with an Indigenous-led plan will help to rebuild trust in the health-care system and allow the government to eradicate the disease in the North by 2030, but opposition critics say the plan is unrealistic based on the government's timeline and dedicated resources.  The Liberals recently announced a pledge to halve the rates of active tuberculosis (TB) in Canada’s North by in 2025, with

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