The apology has been in the works for the better part of two years since Trudeau signed an Inuit-Crown partnership agreement in 2017.
The mistreatment of Inuit during the TB outbreaks was a "massive human rights failure" from the government of Canada in the treatment of its own citizens, said Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK).
While Prime Minister's Office staff in the capital of Nunavut voiced hope initially that Trudeau could arrive later in the evening, the whiteout conditions and wind chill temperatures of -45 C - winds gusted to almost 80 km/h - soon made it evident the event would be postponed until Friday morning at the earliest.
He and seven of his relatives were stricken with TB, including his mother, sisters and brother, who was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s when one of the ships carrying doctors north to help Inuit reached his family's trading-post village.
During this time Inuit people were transported to southern Canada for tuberculosis treatment, and were often placed in health care systems for years where they were unfamiliar with the languages, food, and culture.
Now as vice-president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Eetoolook worries that TB is returning in an age when that simply should not be happening.
Bad weather has postponed a planned apology on TB by Canada's prime minister at this Iqaluit hotel.
Tuberculosis rates among Inuit are still 290 times higher than among Canadian-born non-Indigenous people, according to a 2018 paper from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
"The government has said it wants to eliminate TB by 2030", Eetoolook said.
More than half of all Nunavut residents live in often cramped social housing.
As well, 60 per cent of Nunavut residents smoke.
The report said progress has been made in tracing all cases of infectious TB, screening of school age children, faster diagnosis and earlier treatments, however.
In a report, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association says they're looking for an apology that covers the "modern-day" colonial practices that were practiced between 1950 and 1975. "Some of the (burial grounds) will be hard to find".
Towtongie said she was only six years old when her grandmother was relocated to the south of Canada for tuberculosis treatment. "We as a country have to also accept responsibility for things that happened and know that apologies are necessary for classes of people whose human rights have been violated".