Inuit, Ottawa launch task force to fight tuberculosis in the North

By Nick Murray
8 October, 2017

The Canadian government and Inuit have launched a task force aimed at tackling the tuberculosis crisis across Inuit Nunangat.

Among Inuit, the tuberculosis rate in 2015 was more than 270 times higher than the rate among Canadian-born non-Indigenous people.

"We're in a historic moment today because the federal government and leadership within the federal government has not ever pledged to work with us towards the path of TB elimination," Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) president Natan Obed told reporters on Parliament Hill on Thursday.

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