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Nunavut plans study of fermented country foods as public health tool – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on June 5, 2018192 Views

June 05, 2018

“The Department of Health would like to incorporate Inuit knowledge”

Nunavut’s health department plans to embark on a study of potent, fermented country foods throughout the territory to see if their traditional consumption can point the way to better addictions treatment among Inuiit.

Among the goals of this research, for which a request for proposals was issued earlier this year: to find out whether Inuit learned how not to over-indulge in these foods, which may contain alcohol.

That knowledge could be applied to addictions treatment, the health department’s associate deputy minister Karen Kabloona said June 1 in the Nunavut legislature’s committee of the whole.

“Inuit have natural protective behaviours that we can apply to our population health promotion work and also to addictions treatment in the future,” Kabloona said.

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