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Health Canada announcement for Taima TB project


  • First of all, I would like to acknowledge Minister Aglukkaq and commend her for the support she has given to TAIMA TB.
  • This shows the Federal Government’s willingness to help address a very significant public health concern in Nunavut, and it is appreciated.
  • I would also like to thank the partners standing here with me today, Premier Aariak and Minster Curley, as well as Dr. Alvarez.
  • As Inuit, we have all been affected in some form by the impact of TB in our families and communities.
  • Not only do we have the highest rate of TB of any jurisdiction in Canada, we also have a long and difficult history with TB.
  • With advancements made in treatment and approaches in the Public Health field, we know that TB is preventable. There are solutions.
  • This is why NTI has worked closely with Dr. Alvarez on the development of this project, and why we now look forward to working as a partner in undertaking the Taima TB project.
  • First and foremost, we will ensure the project will be undertaken in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • As indicated by Dr. Alvarez, while the project will first be piloted in Iqaluit, the hope is to expand it into other communities across Nunavut.
  • I encourage Inuit in Iqaluit and across the territory to follow this project and when the opportunity to participate in community engagement sessions arise please join, make your voice heard and inform the process, participate!
  • We all have a role in preventing TB – together we can work towards its elimination in our communities.
  • Again, I am very encouraged by today’s announcement.
  • I am impressed with the commitment Dr. Alvarez has shown to helping Nunavummiut overcome respiratory illnesses, and I am happy that Inuit are partnering with researchers and government in pursuit of better health outcomes.
  • Nakurmiik, thank you
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