Across the Canadian Arctic, local nurses are in great demand.
The majority of the nursing force is still made up of recruits from the South who rotate in and out of Canada’s remote Arctic regions. Many feel this revolving door can only be stopped by increasing the number of Aboriginal and Inuit health care workers who understand northern culture and languages, and who also have a real stake in the health and development of their communities.
But despite this great need, there are still only a handful of such nurses practising in the various Arctic regions.
Eye on the Arctic’s Eilís Quinn sat down with Minnie Akparook, an Inuk nurse from Nunavik, Canada, about the obstacles she overcame to start her career and the health challenges facing Canada’s Inuit population today.