The Nanilavut Initiative was created to help Nunavik Inuit and Inuit from across Canada locate lost loved ones who did not return home after being sent to southern hospitals during the Tuberculosis Epidemic (1940s to 1960s). In many cases, information about patients being treated for Tuberculosis (TB) in the south was never communicated to family members back home.

Nanilavut means “Let’s find them” in Inuktut.

The Nanilavut Initiative was designed to help you find your lost loved one. This includes:

  • To assist the family members with research and logistical support in locating lost loved one’s burial site
  • To allow Nunavik beneficiaries who were impacted, a form of closure and healing by supplying funding assistance in reasonable amounts for travel, accommodations, and any other related expenses, to the location of the burial site.
  • To provide burial markers, plaques, monuments, or commemorations of gravesites, as well as mental health or emotional support to Nunavik beneficiaries that may need it.

If you are searching for a lost loved one from Nunavik who was sent away to receive treatment for Tuberculosis you can contact us at Makivvik for support in finding them.

Note: All information collected is kept strictly confidential

For more information on how to access support services, you can contact

Samantha David
Nanilavut Project Manager

Toll free:

819-964-2925 x 307

Local fax:


P.O. Box 179
Kuujjuaq, Qc
J0M 1C0