ARCTIC HEALTH SERIES: OUR SYSTEMS

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health-part1of3aThe health of indigenous people in the Arctic remains one of the most urgent issues facing the world’s circumpolar nations. Rates of everything from communicable diseases to suicide remain several times higher than in the South resulting in lower life expectancy.

Climate change has pushed  resource development and sovereignty in the Arctic to the forefront of international debate. Many experts and social scientists hope this increased focus on the North will push the Arctic health crisis higher on the agenda.

Over the next three months, Eye on the Arctic journalists and media partners from across the circumpolar world will bring you audio, video and print stories focused on health and well-being in the North.  

THE ARCTIC HEALTH SERIES > STORIES AND INFO

 

This month starts with PART I: OUR SYSTEMS, focused on the general state of Arctic health.  We kick off today with contributions from Canadian, Swedish and Alaskan journalists. Our keynote video, in honour of National Nursing Week, is with Inuk nurse Minnie Akparook, who details the challenges of providing care in the North.

Next month we present PART II: OUR SPIRITS, focused on mental health issues, including depression, suicide and violence.

PART III: OUR SELVES, offers an overview of how nutrition, hunting, food and culture play a role in health and well-being in the North, and how people living in some communities are taking matters into their own hands.  

We hope you enjoy the series; we welcome comments, contributions, and debate. Contact us: arctic(at)cbc.ca 


PART I: OUR SYSTEMS 

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CANADA

Video> Caring for our People: Inside Arctic Nursing

> International Version (Subtitled)

                            

 

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SWEDEN

Video > The Sami Health Paradox

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SWEDEN

Article and Audio >  Sámi Healthiest in Arctic: But at What Cost?

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CANADA

Article > Bridging the Cultural Divide in Nursing: Minnie Akparook

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ALASKA, USA

Article > Alaska’s Go-it-Alone Health Reform Strategy

Image: YLE Etelä-Karjala

FINLAND

Article > Finnish Income Inequality Causes Health Inequality

 

 

RELATED HEALTH NEWS:

FINLAND > Substance Abuse Increasing Among Finland Health Professionals

CANADA > Nunavut Health Strategy Fails to Meet Goals: Audit

CANADA > Health Care in North Needs Northern Fix


STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 OF OUR ARCTIC HEALTH SERIES:

“Our Spirits” will be released in the last week of May. Follow us on Twitter to be alerted: @eyeonthearctic

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