Inuit Tuttarvingat to broadcast live television phone-in shows on Inuit wellness



    OTTAWA, May 7 /CNW Telbec/ - For the first time, Inuit in Canada, Alaska
and Greenland will have a live, interactive television series focused on Inuit
wellness issues. The TV series will feature Inuit wellness information,
stories about successful Inuit community health projects and some information
from recent health research.
    Inuit Tuttarvingat is encouraging Inuit men, women and youth, as well as
health and wellness workers, the general public, researchers, and government
officials in Canada, Alaska and Greenland to tune in to its live television
phone-in shows on May 11, 12 and 13. The series will be broadcast in the Inuit
language, with English captioning.
    This international TV series, called Qanuqtuurniq--Finding the Balance,
is a communications and outreach project supported by the Government of Canada
Program for International Polar Year (IPY).
    "Our Government works collaboratively with partners and stakeholders to
help improve the health of Northerners. This includes funding community-based
programming such as Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, Aboriginal Head Start
and the National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy," said the
Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health. "This television series
provides an opportunity for all Canadians to understand more about Inuit
health."
    Qanuqtuurniq--Finding the Balance is a three-part series. The May 11th
episode focuses on Inuit men's wellness and is called "Angutiilli qanuiliqpat?
- How are we as men?"; the May 12th episode, "Nutaraqtaarniq nunalingnirmiunut
alianaippuq - Birth, a joyous community event", is about Inuit maternity care;
and the May 13th show, "Makkuktuuvunga, upimmavunga - I am young, and I am
proud", will highlight Inuit youth, coping and endurance.
    "Through these phone-in shows, Inuit can talk about important wellness
issues in their communities. We know that men's emotional and mental wellness,
good maternity care, and young people's ability to cope with difficult times
in their lives are key concerns for many Inuit," said Dianne Kinnon, director
of Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
    Well-known Inuk broadcaster Karliin Aariak will host
Qanuqtuurniq--Finding the Balance, leading discussions between panel members,
the studio audience, small focus groups in Inuit communities, and viewers at
home. Each program also includes several pre-recorded videos of promising
wellness projects and programs from Inuit communities in Canada, Greenland and
Alaska.

    People can watch the programs on APTN North in Canada, on North 360 in
Alaska, or view the live webcast on the National Inuit Youth Council's site,
www.niyc.ca.

    Qanuqtuurniq--Finding the Balance is co-ordinated by Inuit Tuttarvingat
of the National Aboriginal Health Organization. The series was funded in part
by the Government of Canada. Funding was also provided by the CIHR Team in
Circumpolar Health Research; and Department of Health and Social Services,
Government of Nunavut.




For further information:

For further information: Denise Rideout, Communications Officer, Inuit
Tuttarvingat, NAHO, Toll-free: 1-877-602-4445 ext. 245; Direct: (613)
760-3516, drideout@naho.ca; Backgrounder: Details about the content of the
three shows and biographies of the panelists can be found at:
www.inuitwellness.ca; Josée Bellemare, Office of the Honourable Leona
Aglukkaq, Federal Minister of Health, (613) 957-0200

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