Mortality rates for Inuit kids, teens five times higher than other Canadians

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OTTAWA — A new study suggests children and teenagers living in four Inuit regions have a mortality rate roughly five times higher than other Canadians.

And suicide accounts for 40 per cent of deaths in Inuit Nunangat, versus eight per cent in the rest of Canada.

The sobering figures come from a Statistics Canada compilation of data from 2004 to 2008.

The agency used causes of death among people aged one to 19 in the four Inuit land claim regions known as Inuit Nunangat to determine mortality rates.

It found that children and teenagers were 3.6 times more likely to die from communicable diseases.

They were twice as likely to die due to non-communicable diseases, compared with those in the rest of Canada.

StatsCan says overall mortality rates among Inuit children and teenagers have declined over 10 years in tandem with rates in the rest of Canada but the ratio has remained the same.

Organizations: Statistics Canada

Geographic location: OTTAWA, Canada.The, Canada

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  • Jeff
    July 19, 2012 - 07:23

    While these are disturbing statistics, I find it more disturbing that the "other Canadians" as so this article puts it have paid billions and billions of dollars to relocate, treat, help and build for these people and we all know, especially the government, why it is what it is. How about strict social services in these communities and remove the children before this all happens? Give the kids a chance at least. They are destined for doom if they stay in the homes (and I use the term home loosely) that they are in. God be with those kids. Leave the animals in the woods and give the children hope.