The challenges of delivering health care in the Arctic are myriad. The southern-based health system in place in the North is not always able to respond to the needs of the predominantly aboriginal population in a way that reflects their culture and language.
But in places where aboriginal health care workers are in place, the effect has been profound. They’re able to provide health services in local languages and incorporate their own culture into their work.
In “Bridging the Divide”, Radio Canada International journalist Eilís Quinn traveled to Nunavut and Nunavik in the Canadian Arctic to interview patients and Inuit health workers for their thoughts on improving health and well-being in their communities.