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Canada’s Arctic needs investments in infrastructure, health, economic development, education

By Marika Morris      

The Inuit TB Elimination Framework recognizes the need to improve social and economic conditions to eradicate TB, but the dollars put toward Inuit housing, health, education and economic development do not even meet the current needs, let alone the needs of a growing population.

The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national organizations representing Inuit in Canada, and headed by president Natan Obed, has long advocated for a holistic, Inuit-centred approach to TB. The Hill Times photograph by Same Garcia

What if someone came into your home, took away your food, your livelihood, your kids, your land, lied to you, told you to move, abused you, assigned you a racially based identification number and commanded you to wear it at all times, eliminated your only means of transportation and hunting for food for your family (mass sled dog slaughter), denied you the right to make your own decisions, indoctrinated you from early childhood that you were inferior, tried to get rid of your language, culture and spiritual beliefs, invested billions of dollars in other people but not in you, and then blamed you for being in your position? This is what happened to Inuit and is the root of the physical and mental health issues Inuit experience today.

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