Tag Archives: tuberculosis

“Symbol of the IGA”: The International Grenfell Association hospital ship Strathcona and the 1970 mass tuberculosis survey of northern Labrador

John R.H. Matchim Since the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Amundsen was reactivated in 2004 it has conducted multiple mass health surveys of Inuit communities across the Canadian Arctic. In 2004 and 2017 surveys organized by the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services and Laval University’s Population Health Unit asked some 2,000 residents questions about housing, family violence, addictions,… Read more »

Bacille de Calmette-Guérin, or BCG Vaccine for Tuberculosis

By Maureen Lux Haven’t got your BCG vaccine against tuberculosis?  Fortunately, most Canadians don’t need to worry about that one.[1]  Though BCG was never widely used in Canada, until very recently most Aboriginal infants were routinely administered the vaccine.   The difference has something to do with higher levels of tuberculosis in some, though certainly not all, northern communities; but it… Read more »

A Century of Neglect: Epidemic Tuberculosis in Native Communities

by Jane Whalen The 2010 Quality of Life Index boasted that Canada’s “health care and living standards are among the highest in the world.”  Ask your average Canadian and they would probably agree.  Ask an Aboriginal person and you would be in for quite a shock. Third world conditions exist in Canada – what an outrageous claim to make about… Read more »