Understanding People, Place, & Culture: A NunatuKavut Inuit Mental Wellness Initiative

Lay Summary 

Mental wellness is a key health priority for NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC). The NCC represents over 6,000 Southern Inuit, residing in 23 communities primarily located on the South Coast and interior waterways of Labrador.


This community-engaged project involves active participation from community members under the direction and leadership of the NCC to develop and strengthen wellness resources in the territory. Our approach is rooted in local expertise from diverse stakeholders including patients, families, health care providers, and community leaders. Community members will share their experiences and expertise through storytelling (a traditional form of knowledge translation); photovoice; and theatre (scripts and performances).


Throughout our proposed five year project we will identify available community assets, resources, and services related to wellness in Southern Inuit communities and build on these strengths to establish wellness programs and resources for NCC. Creating and completing this community-based project in partnership ensures outcomes will be culturally relevant and instill a sense of pride and ownership for the work going forward. Initiatives led by and for the community are critical to closing the gap and enhancing healing. 


Adapted from: https://webapps.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/funding/detail_e?pResearchId=9290934&p_version=CIHR&p_language=E&p_session_id=3420430

Community Health and Humanities
Canadian Institutes Of Health Research
Newfoundland and Labrador
Social Issues
Environmental Policy
Population Health
Industry Sectors 
Health Care and Social Assistance
Start date 
1 Oct 2019
End date 
30 Sep 2024
Lead Organization 
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University