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Absolutely Canadian: Qanuilirpitaa

A young Montreal resident from Nunavik joins the largest health survey ever conducted on Nunavik Inuit. Filmed aboard the Canadian icebreaker Amundsen, which has been converted into a floating clinic.

A young Montreal resident joins the largest health survey ever conducted on Nunavik Inuit.

Qanuilirpitaa was carried out on the CCGS Amundsen, a scientific research ship and Canadian icebreaker. (CBC Gem)

Airs Sept. 25, 2021
7 p.m. on CBC Manitoba

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Filmed aboard the Canadian icebreaker Amundsen, which has been converted into a floating clinic as part of the largest health survey ever conducted on Nunavik Inuit. We follow Lydia Audlaluk, a young Montreal resident from Ivujivik in Nunavik's Northwest cape, the main interviewer and intake specialist for the survey. As she greets her extended family and neighbouring communities, we feel the tension between the appeal of traditional life in the North and her return to Montreal where she is building a professional life. 

Qanuilirpitaa? (How are we doing now?) is the largest survey about the state of health of the Nunavik population. (CBC Gem)

Although the health survey expedition is at the behest of Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, encounters between the ship's 40 crew members and the 2000 Inuit participants are fraught. Health data collection in the region is key to improving programs and services, the dearth of which have resulted in an epidemic crisis, which Lydia comes to learn has tragically reached into her own family. 

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