Tuberculosis in Inuit Nunangat: poster

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The rate of TB in Inuit Nunangat was more than 300 times higher than in the Canadian-born, non-Indigenous population in 2016. In 2016, the rate of TB among the non-Indigenous, Canadian-born population was 0.6 (per 100,000).

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

Commitment to eliminate TB across Inuit Nunangat by 2030

In March 2018, the Government of Canada and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announced their commitment to eliminating TB across Inuit Nunangat by 2030 and reduce active TB by at least 50% by 2025.

Inuit and Inuit Nunangat

There are 4 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 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% of Canada's landmass and 50% 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% 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.

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