QANUIPPITAA? : National Inuit Health Survey

What is Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey (QNIHS)?

Qanuippitaa? is a national survey that will be taking place this fall and winter throughout Nunavik. It will collect data on the current health of Inuit of all ages and from all Inuit communities across the country.

  • The focus of the survey will be on the overall health of Inuit, including factors identified as important social determinants of Inuit health such as housing, food security, mental well-being, health services, safety and security, education, income, livelihood, culture and language.
    • NOTE: Unlike the last health survey (Qanuilirpitaa 2017), QNIHS will not include a clinical component OR any community portrait.


Join the QNIHS team!

Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey is searching for Inuit staff to join our team. A variety of positions are available starting in January. You can choose to work in your own community or travel across Nunavik with our fieldworkers (or both!).

Visit the NRBHSS LinkedIn page or call us @ 438 925 7590 for more information!


Who organises Qanuippitaa?

  • Each region assumes the responsibility for the development and implementation of their own portion of the survey. The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) is responsible for implementing the survey in Nunavik, in partnership with Makivvik Corporation.
  • The Surveillance and Planning team (Public Health Department) is the one in charge of implementing the Nunavik portion of QNIHS 2023. It is their mission to collect and share information about the state of Nunavimmiut overall health.
  • QNIHS planning and implementation is guided by the Nunavik Health Survey Committee.

When and where will QNIHS take place?

  • Data collection for the Nunavik portion of QNIHS began in October 2023 and will continue at least until Fall 2024.
  • Before arriving in each community, our recruiters will contact randomly selected respondents to confirm their participation and book an appointment for the survey.

Why is QNIHS important?

  • QNIHS is part of a bid to decolonize research about Inuit and ensure regional ownership of the collected data.
  • The survey collects reliable, up-to-date information on Nunavimmiut’s health status and their living conditions.
  • The survey results provide insight into the health status of the population and therefore help decision-makers improve community services.

How will QNIHS work?

  • The QNIHS team will be on site in each village to complete recruitment and administer the survey to participants.
  • Participants will have the flexibility to choose a convenient time for their interview.
  • Fieldworkers are trained to ensure protection of confidential data.
  • Each participant leaves with a gift certificate for their contribution.
  • We strongly encourage selected Nunavimmiut to actively participate.

6 Guiding Principles of QNIHS?

  • The QNIHS team has identified six principles to guide all aspects of the design and implementation of the survey program to ensure its consistency with the National Inuit Strategy on Research which aims to uplift Inuit and Inuit communities.
  1. Collaborative
  2. Focussed on Inuit health and social equity
  3. Inuit-determined
  4. Innovative
  5. Strength-based
  6. Rigorous in methods

Additional information:

Psychosocial Resources


  • Police: 819-XXX-9111
  • Nursing station: 819-XXX-9090


  • Contact your local social services


  • Hudson coast: 819 988 2191 Ext. 1
  • Ungava coast 819 964 2905 Ext. 618

**If you have reasons to believe that a child's security or development is or may be in danger, contact DYP.


  • Inuit Values and Practices (NRBHSS): 1-877-NUNAVIK (686-2845) *Leave a message*
  • Kamatsiaqtut Help Line: 1-800-265-3333
  • Kids Help Phone:
    • 1-800-668-6868 or
    • chat online at
  • Hope for Wellness: 1-855-242-3310
  • SOS domestic violence: 1-800-363-9010
  • Phone line for victims of sexual assault: 1-888-933-9007
  • Drugs Help and referral: 1-800-265-2626

Women Shelter

  • Ajapirvik (Inukjuak): 819-254-1414
  • Initsiaq (Salluit): 819-255-8817
  • (Kuujjuaq): 819-964-0536

Isuarsivik Recovery Center: 1-866-964-9994

Quality-Service and Complaints Commissioner (Health Centers services):