TV Show - Men's Wellness Show Chapter 1
Inuit men have experienced many changes to their way of life in just two generations. This has sometimes left Inuit men feeling lost and unsure of their place in the family and community. Their level of distress can be seen in the low school completion rates and high levels of incarceration and suicide. Men need a voice. They have important things to say and contributions to make.
Programs and services for men – many created and led by men – are giving them an opportunity to seek help, better understand their needs and strengths, and revive their traditions and culture. In “Angutiilli qanuiliqpat? – How are we as men?,” viewers will see live discussions and stories of community programs that are helping Inuit men to improve their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
This episode is the first of a three-part, live, public TV series, “Qanuqtuurniq – Finding the Balance,” on Inuit health and wellness issues and solutions led by Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization involving a number of partners. The series was broadcast in May 2009 on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network – North and 360North in Alaska, along with a simultaneous webcast. Over 350 people participated in some way in this initiative, which was a communications and outreach project for International Polar Year.
Inuit language with English captions/subtitles
Broadcast from Iqaluit, Nunavut
Photo: Ed Maruyama