Littoral Chair research project


Nunavik Inuit Health Survey 2017
Qanuilirpitaa? 2017 - Enquête de santé auprès des Inuit du Nunavik en 2017


Qanuilirpitaa? 2017 is a comprehensive health survey that documents the physical and mental health status of Nunavik Inuit as well as the social and ecological determinants of their health. To date, two surveys have been conducted in collaboration with Nunavik authorities in 1992 and 2004.  Since then, Nunavik has been changing, as have its needs and priorities in terms of health. Data from the 2017 survey will help to understand the current health status of Nunavimmiut in order to develop new prevention strategies and health services. 


 Our team’s role in this vast project focuses on research themes related to:

  • Exposure to environmental contaminants (mercury, lead, cadmium, PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, PBDEs, per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFCs), and other non-persistent contaminants), environmental changes and their effects on health
  • Nutritional status (omega-3, selenoneine, vitamins, iron, etc.), diet, food security, practice of traditional activities and the health benefits of traditional foods
  • Individual and community determinants of cardiometabolic health
  • Individual and community determinants of anemia and iron deficiency

And we aim to

  • Produce thematic brochures related to these issues and determinants of health for the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • Analyze data in depth to better understand the evolution of the aforementioned issues over the years and their impacts on health, and contribute to various knowledge mobilization initiatives so that results can be used to their full potential by Nunavimmiut.

Team members involved

Funded by
Scientific Co-directors
  • Pierre Ayotte
  • Marie Rochette
Principal investigators
  • Mélanie Lemire
  • Gina Muckle (Université Laval)
  • Mylène Riva (Université McGill)
  • Benoît Lévesque (Université Laval)
  • Christopher Fletcher (Université Laval)
  • Aimée Dawson
  • Chantal Galarneau
  • Michel Lucas
  • Chris Furgal

Cordier S, Laouan-Sidi EA, Lemire M, Costet N, Lucas M, Ayotte P. (2020). Association between exposure to persistent organic pollutants and mercury, and glucose metabolism in two Canadian Indigenous populations. Environmental Research. 184: 109345. DOI : 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109345



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