The NISR promotes a shared understanding of the legacy of Inuit Nunangat research and connects this legacy to current research practices. It defines Inuit expectations for the role of research in our regions and communities, and identifies areas for participation and action between Inuit and the research community. For far too long, researchers and research institutions have been the primary beneficiaries of Inuit Nunangat research, despite the present and ongoing need for Inuit-specific data and information that can be used to shape solutions to our most pressing challenges.
Inuit Nunangat research is too often governed, resourced, and carried out in a manner that limits Inuit participation, marginalizing Inuit from the benefits of research. The National Inuit Strategy on Research seeks to remedy these problems. It identifies five priority areas in which coordinated action is necessary to facilitate Inuit Nunangat research that is effective, impactful, and meaningful to Inuit. Implementation of the NISR is called for directly in ITK’s 2020-2023 Strategy and Action Plan, Objective 6—to “Empower Inuit through research and data and information access, ownership and dissemination” .
Inuit recognize the important role research can play in informing actions that create safer, healthier, and more resilient communities. We have long insisted that researchers and research institutions respect Inuit self-determination in research through partnerships that enhance the effectiveness, impact, and usefulness of research for our communities. The National Inuit Strategy on Research identifies the specific actions and partnerships required to achieve this goal.Natan ObedPresident of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
The NISR was created to enhance research by Inuit, build research capacity in our communities, address our needs and contribute to our prosperity by providing Inuit with information, tools and resources necessary for good decision-making and to inform policies and programs that will help improve our social well being.
Advance Inuit governance in research
Enhance the ethical conduct of research
Align Funding with Inuit Research Priorities
Ensure Inuit access, ownership, and control over data and information
Build capacity in Inuit Nunangat research
The NISR was developed in coordination with the Inuit Qaujisarvingat National Committee, which is made up of representatives of each of the voting and non-voting members of ITK’s Board of Directors.
Strengthened partnerships between all levels of government, inclusive of Inuit representational organizations, would be a significant legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that we emerge stronger, and better able to face the next one.
The inaugural issue in the quarterly research briefing series focuses on potentially unique risks and impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) and the coronavirus pandemic on Inuit living in Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland.
This report summarizes three key outcomes of hosting the National Inuit Strategy on Research Roundtable and nine findings that emerged from discussions associated with roundtable activities.
There has never been an Inuk who has sat on any of the governing bodies of the three federal research funding agencies. This exclusion is unacceptable, writes Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
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.