martha of the north
Most Canadians think of tuberculosis as a disease of the past—something eradicated in the earlier half of the last century. But for Canada's Inuit population, the rate of incidence is currently almost 200 times greater, and it’s getting worse.
It took years for an Innuit girl to be returned to her family, because no records were kept of where she came from or who her family was.
In the 50s, the Canadian government shipped thousands of Inuit people infected with tuberculosis from their homes in the Arctic to sanitariums in southern Canada without explaining their whereabouts to their families. We interviewed members of the...