High Rates of Childhood Violence in Nunavik

Newly released data suggest more than three-quarters of Nunavimmiut have faced some form of adverse childhood trauma, including violence, neglect, exposure, household dysfunction or stress, Nunatsiaq News reports.

Health-care staff have travelled to all 14 Nunavik communities aboard the CCGS Amundsen — an icebreaker and Arctic research vessel — to assess more than 1,300 Nunavimmiut in the summer of 2017.

What the participants told them suggests 78 per cent of Nunavik residents experienced violence or trauma as children. “It’s just putting statistics to something we know,” said Dr. Marie Rochette, Nunavik’s director of public health.