Inuit across the North were plucked from their communities and taken to sanatoriums in southern Canada for tuberculosis treatment in the mid-20th century, and now the federal government is poised to apologize.
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Bernice Clarke’s mother was sick with tuberculosis and succumbed to complications resulting from treatment in 2015. Now Clarke is asking why she’s still “begging and pleading” the government for help as Nunavut’s tuberculosis crisis continues.
Eighty-one people at a Calgary-area school have potentially been exposed to tuberculosis, says Alberta Health Services.
Dr. Sarah Giles, a freelance journalist and family physician, says Canadians and the media need to pay more attention to the tuberculosis outbreak in Nunavut.
The AngajukKâk of Nain says there’s another suspected case of tuberculosis in his community, just one week after 14-year-old Gussie Bennett died from complications related to the disease.
Nunavut’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Kim Barker says her department is developing a strategy to reduce stigma, increase understanding of treatment protocols and address the colonial history of tuberculosis.
An emergency tuberculosis clinic is taking over the community hall in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, on Feb. 5. The mobile clinic will run for seven to 10 weeks and will screen every person in the community of 600 for the disease.
The federal government and Inuit have launched a task force to examine the tuberculosis crisis across Inuit Nunangat. Among Inuit, the rate of the lung disease in 2015 was more than 270 times higher than the rate among Canadian-born non-Indigenous people. CBC | Health News
Mary Nashook found her grandfather’s grave because of a chance look at a list of Inuit who never returned from tuberculosis treatment in the south. That opportunity will soon be open to more Inuit. CBC | Health News