Today we’re launching “Our Spirits”, part II of Eye on the Arctic’s ambitious series examining health care in the North.
With Part 1 “Our Systems”, launched in May, we focused on the general state of health care in the North.
In “Our Spirits,” we’ve focused on mental health.
In Canada, the rapid transition from a hunting and gathering lifestyle, to life in settled communities has had a devastating effect on the mental health and well-being of many Arctic communities.
Drug and alcohol dependency are rampant and suicide rates in many Inuit regions are 11 times the national average.
As part of this discussion, Radio Canada International presents the documentary “Lavinia’s Story,” which chronicles how these issues have affected the life of one woman and her family.
Many Canadians are familiar with the shocking headlines but have never heard, first hand, how these issues continue to affect the lives of thousands of Inuit and First Nations families across the North.
Lavinia Curley hopes that by speaking out, she can help that to change.
To watch “Lavinia’s Story,” click here.