Inuit Qaujisarvingat, Research Centre at ITK, Turns 5!
Ottawa, ON, January 12, 2015: Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), Canada’s National Inuit Organization, celebrates the 5-year anniversary since the launch of Inuit Qaujisarvingat (kow-yee-sar-ving-at), ITK’s Inuit Knowledge Centre. On January 12, 2010 on Parliament Hill, Mary Simon, then-ITK President announced the creation of a research centre, hosted at ITK, which envisions a world in which Inuit and Inuit knowledge contribute to the advancement of sustainable Arctic science and policy.
Inuit Qaujisarvingat is an Inuit-specific research centre designed to support increased understanding of Inuit knowledge and research and to encourage dialogue and discourse across the Inuit regions in Canada. The mission of Inuit Qaujisarvingat is to focus efforts to ensure an increasingly active role for Inuit in research that leads to the generation of innovative knowledge for improved research, science and policy decision making within a Canadian, circumpolar and global context.
Key milestones over the past 5 years for Inuit Qaujisarvingat include the establishment of the Inuit Qaujisarvingat Resource Centre, a specialized research library with a focus on providing ethical and culturally-appropriate access to Inuit-specific information and heritage. The completion of the first Nilliajut, a compilation of Inuit perspectives on security, sovereignty, and patriotism. Naasautit is an online graphing tool dedicated to making Inuit data easily accessible and useful. Inuit Qaujisarvingat has supported numerous publications, notably What we know, don’t know, and need to know about climate change in Inuit Nunangat and A Principled Approach to Engagement in Research in Inuit Nunangat.
Central to all of the efforts of Inuit Qaujisarvingat is the Inuit Qaujisarvingat National Committee, which is comprised of representatives from each of the four Inuit regions: Nunatsiavut Government, Makivik Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, as well as representatives from the National Inuit Youth Council, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada.
More about Inuit Qaujisarvingat can be found at: http://www.inuitknowledge.ca.
ITK, formerly Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, is the national voice of close to 60,000 Inuit living in 53 communities across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador). Inuit call this vast region Inuit Nunangat. Founded in 1971 ITK represents and promotes the interests of Inuit on a wide variety of environmental, social, cultural, and political, issues and challenges facing Inuit on the national level. ITK does not deliver or fund programs, rather it is a national advocacy organization governed by a Board of Directors.
“I am happy to see the progress of Inuit Qaujisarvingat becoming a fully functional centre built by Inuit, for Inuit, and this marks an important accomplishment for ITK, Inuit Nunangat, and for improving Inuit engagement in the research.”
Mr. Terry Audla,
National Inuit Leader and President of ITK
“For the last five years, Inuit Qaujisarvingat has provided a crucial link between research and Inuit Traditional Knowledge. Makivik Corporation, the birthright organization of the Nunavik Inuit, continues to support this important and vital institution.”
Executive Vice-President, Makivik Corporation