OTTAWA – Pauktuutit is pleased to announce that we have received funding through a Contribution Agreement from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program for a project entitled, Cannabis in Our Communities: A Focus on Inuit Youth and Maternal Health and Well-Being. This three-year project seeks to assess knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in Inuit communities around cannabis and raise awareness of the effects and potential impacts of cannabis.

This funding is timely given the recent legalization, as there are rising concerns about the mixed messages surrounding cannabis, as well as Inuit youth’s perceptions and lack of knowledge about the risks associated with its use. Additionally, there is very little public education around cannabis and maternal health.

For this project, Pauktuutit will establish a National Inuit Cannabis Advisory Committee. This committee, along with focus groups in regional communities and urban centres, will inform a prevention and awareness campaign to be released in the final year of the campaign.

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