What We Do
Inuit Tuttarvingat collects and shares information and knowledge on a wide range of health and wellness issues of concern to Inuit.
Some of Inuit Tuttarvingat’s activities include:
- focusing on mental wellness and addictions, healthy living, housing, health careers, maternal and child health, research and ethics, and more
- producing reports, fact sheets, multi-media, and educational and health promotion materials
- making research easier to understand
- sharing information at conferences, meetings and through national and regional networks
- looking at the conditions needed for good health – also known as the ‘broader determinants of health’.
We have created a number of solid, Inuit-relevant materials. Some highlights include:
- a first-of-its-kind look at Inuit men’s mental, emotional and physical health through the eyes of men themselves
- a series of plain-language fact sheets on health and wellness issues and another on Inuit research and research ethics
- publications featuring Inuit knowledge of counselling skills, addictions treatment, Inuit midwifery, and resilience and coping
- a three-part live call-in TV series and DVD on Inuit wellness
- web materials and networks on midwifery, tobacco, housing, and research ethics.
We are also excited about our multi-media projects and the social media tools we use. These help us to promote health and wellness issues and share information with Inuit, health-care providers in Inuit communities and the many agencies and organizations that work in the area of wellness. Inuit Tuttarvingat has created videos and short clips, filmed by Inuit, to showcase some of the positive things that are happening in Inuit communities. These were filmed for our TV series, Qanuqtuurniq—Finding the Balance. Others videos, created by youth, tell personal stories and triumphs of quitting smoking. All of our videos are posted on the NAHO YouTube channel. Inuit Tuttarvingat also uses Facebook and Twitter, two popular social media tools, to share news of our activities.
Governing Committee and Elder Advisors
Inuit Tuttarvingat receives direction on its activities from a Governing Committee. The Governing Committee is comprised of two NAHO board members appointed by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, one member nominated from each of the four land claims settlement organizations, one member nominated by Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and one member nominated by the National Inuit Youth Council.
The current members of Inuit Tuttarvingat’s Governing Committee are:
- Annie Buchan (representing Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada)
- Annie Goose (representing Inuvialuit Regional Corporation)
- Courtney Laroque (representing National Inuit Youth Council)
- Katherine Minich, Chairperson (representing Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami)
- Natan Obed (representing Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami)
- Larry Watt (representing Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services)
- Edna Winters (representing Nunatsiavut Government)
- Laakkaluk Williamson-Bathory (representing Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated)
Inuit Tuttarvingat also has five elder advisors, one from each Inuit region and one from an urban community. The elder advisors share their knowledge of Inuit values, approaches and needs with the Governing Committee and staff of Inuit Tuttarvingat.