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The Story of Inunnguiniq--the development of a parenting support program based on Inuit childrearing philosophy, Best Start

August 10, 2017

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

Dr. Gwen Healey was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut and it is in this community that she continues to live and work with her family. Gwen is the Executive and Scientific Director of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU) in Iqaluit, NU. She holds a master in Epidemiology & Community Health Sciences from the University of Calgary and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Toronto.

It is well-known in Canada that northerners face a number of challenging circumstances when it comes to health. There are also tremendous strengths in communities to address local health concerns, such as a willingness to work together, traditions and customs that support healthy lifestyles and activity, and strong cultural pride. Drawing upon existing community strengths and resources, and building capacity to conduct research in the North, is the key to addressing a number of health concerns presently and over the coming years. For this reason, Dr. Healey co-founded the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in 2006. The goal of the Centre is to enable health research to be conducted locally, by northerners, and with communities in a supportive, safe, culturally-responsive and ethical environment, as well as promote the inclusion of both Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and western sciences in addressing health concerns, creating healthy environments, and improving the health of Nunavummiut.

Since Qaujigiartiit's inception in 2006, Qaujigiartiit has successfully brought over $15 million dollars in research and training grants into Nunavut, and more than 800 Nunavummiut have led, partnered on, or participated in research projects and training workshops in Nunavut during that time.

Learning Objectives

  1. To identify historical settlement events in Nunavut which impacted Inuit families and continue to impact families today
  2. To develop an understanding of basic principles of Inunnguiniq (childrearing philosophy)
  3. To explore a community-led process to develop a caregiver/parenting support program based on Inunnguiniq

Registration Fee: This webinar is free to all participants


A computer with speakers (or headset) and high-speed internet are required to participate in this webinar. If speakers (or headset) are not available, a telephone would be required and a toll-free number will be provided.

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For further information contact Marie Brisson, Bilingual Health Promotion Consultant, at 800.397.9567 x2255 or