Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) H.pylori Project

Located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, at the uppermost edge of Canada, Tuktoyaktuk, or just Tuk as it is more commonly known, is a small Inuvialuit community. Approximately 150 kilometres north of Inuvik, Tuk is only accessible by plane or ice-road.

Tuktoyaktuk is the anglicized form of the community’s Inuvialuit place-name meaning “resembling a caribou.” Legend has it that when caribou were plentiful in the area, a woman looked on them as they waded into the water and the caribou petrified. Reefs resembling caribou have been seen at low tide. Link: http://www.tuk.ca

Project Components

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


January 2010Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) requested expansion of research to five other Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) communities
January 2010 to February 2011Development of a Memorandum of Agreement between the IRC and University of Alberta
February 2011Memorandum of Agreement finalized
February to March 2011Breath tests and surveys components initiated
March to April 2012Breath tests and surveys components wound up
August 2012Treatment component initiated
March 2013Endoscopy component initiated
May 2013Pathology component initiated and results reported to participants
OngoingShort-term treatment follow-up
Research results reported to community