Many Inuit who died during the epidemic were buried near the southern hospitals and sanatoria where they were treated. Information on patients, whether living or deceased, was not effectively communicated back to family members.

Nanilavut, Inuktitut for ‘Let’s find them’, is an initiative that will provide a range of supports including:

  • project managers in each Inuit Land Claims Organization who will be able to search a database on behalf of family members and provide any information on their loved one
  • commemorative events and monuments
  • compassionate travel support for family members
  • enhancements to gravesites
  • health awareness

The database and other supports under the Nanilavut Initiative were guided by the Nanilavut Working Group, comprised of the Government of Canada, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Kivalliq Inuit Association, Government of Nunavut, Government of the Northwest Territories and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.

To learn more, please contact Cathy Ford, Nanilavut Project Manager, Nunatsiavut Government, by calling  (709) 923-2489, or via email at [email protected]  Additional information can be found at the links below:

Federal Government Website

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Website