Sound research can be an effective building block for strong public policies, programs, and initiatives that help create prosperity for Inuit. However, colonial approaches to research continue in Canada, characterized by uncoordinated and ad hoc federal research policies that circumvent Inuit governance mechanisms and marginalize Inuit from the benefits of research.
The National Inuit Strategy on Research Implementation Plan provides details for shared action to occur and serves to coordinate implementation of NISR by rights holders and stakeholders involved in Inuit Nunangat research.
“The major concern for us is that our academic partners would use the information, and the data sets, for their own academic purposes. We didn’t ever agree to have a purely academic exercise about particular populations and their health outcomes. We did this to improve the lives of Inuit,” Natan Obed.
Natan Obed, the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, speaks at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa on March 22 at the launch of the National Inuit Strategy on Research along with Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett.
The National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR) is a pivotal document targeting governments and research institutions. The strategy identifies areas for partnership and action that can strengthen the impact and effectiveness of Inuit Nunangat research for Inuit.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is pleased to release the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR), a pivotal document that outlines the coordinated actions required to improve the way Inuit Nunangat research is governed, resourced, conducted, and shared.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s submission to the Naylor Panel for Canada’s Fundamental Science Review was developed to provide the panel with an Inuit perspective on Fundamental Science in Canada, in response to the lack of Inuit engagement in Canada’s Fundamental Science Review.