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From tent birth to Inuk nurse: Growing up in, and out of, Nunavik, part five – NunatsiaqOnline

by ahnationtalk on September 1, 2017240 Views

“In my view, we have to take a massive, grinding and probably painful and costly turn towards mental health”

September 01, 2017

Minnie Akparook, born near Great Whale River, went to school in Churchill, Man., finished nursing school and became one of the first Inuk nurses to practice in Nunavik in the 1990s. She eventually specialized in diabetes treatment and prevention, which she considers one of the region’s most important public health challenges.

In a five-part series, Akparook recounts her experiences, good and bad, growing up during the social upheaval in the North of the 1960s and 1970s and what she learned about Inuit mental and physical health. Today we publish part five, the series’ final instalment.

The future success for Inuit to become nurses has to start from the basics.

It all starts from your attitude to life and learning. If your life is unstable, filled with chaos, addictions and with no goals, it may not be conducive to going on to higher education.

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