Inuit health statistics can be used by decision-makers to better understand health issues. This can lead to better policies and programs to improve living conditions for Inuit and, ultimately, to improve Inuit health status.
Naasautit shares the numbers
The newly launched Naasautit: Inuit Health Statistics website provides comprehensive statistics and knowledge about the health of Inuit. The project is hosted on the website of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Inuit Knowledge Centre, at www.naasautit.ca
For many years Inuit leaders discussed the difficulty in finding and understanding health information, particularly health statistics, in a useful format. The Naasautit website, which went online in March 2011, brings this often hard-to-find information and data that is important to Inuit to one central place.
Naasautit was created and is managed by six partners. The partnership consists of the four Inuit land claim organizations/governments: Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, and the Nunatsiavut Government; and two national organizations: Inuit Tapiirit Kanatami, and Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
Turning statistics into knowledge about health
Visitors to the website will be able to explore, at a single glance, a larger number of statistics than ever before.
The partners of the Naasautit project collected and synthesized information from existing sources, such as the Aboriginal Peoples’ Survey and the Aboriginal Children’s Survey, and presented them in a form of a statistics directory that is easy to understand and use.
By making statistics easier to find and use, Naasautit also helps build the capacity of Inuit land claim organizations/governments and communities to conduct their own research, analysis and advocacy.