NIHS provides dental services to all 25 communities in the Kitikmeot, Kivalliq, and Qikiqtaaluk Regions of Nunavut
Kitikmeot Region: Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk, Kugluktuk, and Taloyoak.
Kivalliq Region: Arviat, Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Naujaat, Rankin Inlet, Sanikiluaq, and Whale Cove.
Qikiqtaaluk Region: Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Igloolik, Kimmirut, Kinngait, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet, Qikiqtarjuaq, Resolute Bay, Sanirajaq, and Iqaluit.
The majority of the dental offices are located in the communities’ local Health Centre.
NIHS requires a minimum four week commitment from general dentists and dental assistants. Requests for longer trips can easily be accommodated. Dental specialists are required for shorter (usually less than a week) trips.
NIHS covers all airfare from your home city to Nunavut communities. We also cover all accommodation costs during your trip and provide a per diem to cover food expenses.
Yes, subject to approval by NIHS. Many providers travel with their own assistants.
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I have been working for four years now in Nunavut and thoroughly enjoy the variety of locations and experiences which this work affords me. I am able to work when I want and where I want within reason. Each new community has its challenges but it also offers many fascinating experiences. I have climbed to the top of Mt Duval in Pangnirtung, climbed on an iceberg in Qikikitarjuaq, hiked across the tundra in Coral Harbour and driven a Hummer (lent to me by a patient) out to see caribou in Rankin Inlet. But I have also sat with elders in their homes in Repulse Bay over a cup of tea and listened to incredible stories of nomadic life in an igloo before the modern world arrived. The Inuit are warm and friendly people who are very willing to share a smile and a joke. I certainly hope to continue this work for many years to come and highly recommend it to those who are adventurous enough.
Deciding to work as a dentist in Nunavut is one of the best decision I ever made. When I first started, my goal was to provide these communities the best dental care, thus giving everyone a great "Hollywood smile"! The Inuit culture has taught me to embrace life at a much slower pace and to have an appreciation of small things normally taken for granted. They also showed me to listen, respect and understand the priorities and beliefs of their culture.
Occasionally, during my off-periods, I like to partake in their activities: fishing, ski-dooing, hiring a dog team for a quiet stroll on the ice, or simply taking a walk in the streets for a chat with the little ones at play. I'm always honored and delighted to be invited to their gatherings where everyone enjoys traditional Inuit games, square dancing, throat singing or drum dancing. It's also been a rich and exciting journey where I've seen, up close, great wildlife such as polar bears, muskox and caribous.
Each community has it's own amazing charm and boast some of the most beautiful Canadian sceneries! And I keep going back...drawn by their big greeting smiles and their warm "Hello ! Welcome!"