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Inuit Wellness

​​​​​Health services and prevention programs are particularly challenging in Nunavut as individual communities are not connected by road, and community health centres are the point of entry for a majority of health services.

While a strong government effort is being made to train more Inuit as nurses, mental health workers, midwives and other health professionals, the majority of service professionals in Inuit communities are still non-Inuit and largely transient. These professionals are not always aware of service needs in the context of Inuit culture, the complexities of Inuit history and the dynamics of individual communities.

Integrating traditional Inuit and Elders’ knowledge into health care

The Inuit Wellness Resources seek to enhance substance abuse prevention programs, healthcare service delivery, and education and training of wellness workers in Canada's
North. They integrate the traditional knowledge of Elders, family and community into healthcare practices in Inuit communities, providing additional resources that are grounded in cultural traditions and community-based program development.

The Inuit Wellness Resources were originally transcribed from handwritten Inuktitut manuscripts into English in partnership with Meeka Arnakaq (an Inuit Elder and healer from
Pangnirtung, Nunavut), the Tungasuvvingat Inuit community centre and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (​CCSA).

The English resources launched in 2010 with support from then federal health minister, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq. The Government of Nunavut, Department of Culture and
Heritage, provided funding to publish Inuktitut versions of the resources.

Download or print copies of the Meeka wellness resources

Download electronic copies from the Featured Resources in the ​sidebar or order print copies using one of two options:

  • Order copies directly from the Nunavut Arctic College bookstore at under the Library tab.

  • Download a Mission Stream order form, fill it out and fax it directly to the publisher at 613-270-8288.