Aklavik H. pylori Project

Aklavik is located on the Peel Channel of the Mackenzie River Delta, 113km south of the Arctic Coast. Road access is limited to the ice road across the Mackenzie Delta to Inuvik, only available in the winter.

Aklavik is a fishing and trapping community of some 600 Gwich’in and Inuvialuit people. Gwich’in and Inuvialuit have traditionally gathered here to trade for goods from as far away as the Pacific and Arctic coasts. Link: http://www.aklavik.ca

Project Components

  • Community screening and surveys
  • Endoscopy
  • Treatment
  • Policy development
  • Knowledge exchange


February 2007Community approval obtained to develop a research project in Aklavik
May 2007Community input workshops initiated
September 2007Northwest Territories research license obtained
November 2007Data collection initiated (community screening and particpant questionnaires)
February 2008Endoscopy component initiated
February to April 2008Pathology component initiated
February to November 2008Microbiology comonent initiated
April 2008Pathology results reported back to participants
April 2008Wave 2 data collection (community screening and participant questionnaires)
September to November 2008Wave 3 data collection (community screening and participant questionnaires)
April to October 2008Knowledge transfer strategy development
November to December 2008Treatment component initiated
January to March 2009Short-term treament follow-up & partipant questionnaires
November 2011 to March 2012Long-term treatment follow-up
March 2017Long-term endoscopy follow-up
OngoingInform community of research results