Map - Tuberculosis in Inuit Nunangat


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Organization : Indigenous Services Canada

The rate of TB among Inuit living in Inuit Nunangat is over 300X the rate of non-Indigenous, Canadian-born population in 2016.Footnote *

Average rate of active TB per 100,000 (2006-2016) - Source: Canadian Tuberculosis Reporting System, February 2018
Region Rate per 100,000 population
Inuvialuit 1.5
Nunavut 179.1
Nunavik 234.5
Nunatsiavut 248.4

Commitment to eliminate TB across Inuit Nunangat by 2030

Inuit and Inuit Nunangat

There are four Inuit regions in Canada, collectively known as Inuit Nunangat. The term “Inuit Nunangat” is a Canadian Inuit term that includes land, water, and ice. Inuit consider the land, water, and ice, of Inuit homeland to be integral to the Inuit culture and way of life.

Inuit are an Indigenous people living primarily in Inuit Nunangat. The majority of Inuit population lives in 53 communities spread across Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland encompassing 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline. Inuit have lived in their homeland since time immemorial. Inuit communities are among the most culturally resilient in North America. Roughly 60 percent of Inuit report an ability to conduct a conversation in Inuktut (the Inuit language), and harvest country foods such as seal, narwhale and caribou to feed their families and communities.

Want to know more?

Visit Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s website for more information on the National Representational Organization protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada.

Visit the Government of Canada’s website for more information on tuberculosis. Learn about the illness, its causes, symptoms, risks, treatment, prevention and surveillance. You will also find information for health professionals.


Footnote 1

The rate of TB among the non-Indigenous, Canadian-born population in 2016 was 0.6 (per 100,000)

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