For almost 2 decades, our collective of non-profit community-led organizations have been implementing research projects to address the needs of our communities — and we are ready to elevate our research models, methodological approaches, and mentorship capacity to the next level.
The NEIHR aims to build on the knowledge and capacity that exists in our communities and promote the pathways to wellness that we know are our strengths, including the outcomes of land-based programming, visual and performance arts, Inuit research methods, community-driven ethics, and International collaboration across Arctic communities.
The Nunavut NEIHR will achieve multiple objectives:
- To build on existing research capacity in Nunavut among 4 Inuit-governed community-led health and wellness organizations leading research in their fields to create a de-centralized and inclusive learning and training environment for Inuit students and early career investigators;
- To support community-based health research that addresses the priorities and values of our Inuit communities;
- To develop an environment that will support Inuit community leadership in research with existing and expanding research infrastructures and platforms;
- To increase awareness, capacity, and relevance of Inuit health research that improves the health of our communities across all health research domains in Canada and in the Circumpolar world;
- To improve understanding of Inuit health research paradigms through ethical and impactful partnerships between our communities and health researchers, scholars, professors and instructors, research administrators, policy and decision makers, and other parties with an interest in Inuit health research;
- To demonstrate leadership in conducting and disseminating health research in Canada;
- To create an enduring foundation for future generations of researchers from Nunavut (and Inuit Nunangat, hopefully, as the NEIHR grows over time)
The NEIHR is a collective of 4 hub sites,
Aqqiumavvik has participated in and led numerous research initiatives in Arviat over the last 5 years including contaminants research, climate change research, outcomes of land-based programs, Inuit childrearing practices. Aqqiumavvik regularly convenes with an Elder's Committee to explore Inuit methodologies, philosophies and research practices.
Clyde River, Nunavut
For over 20 years, Ilisaqsivik has been demonstrating leadership in the development of Nunavut’s only Inuit Counsellor Training program, and has developed and implemented a suite of land-based programs with the goal of supporting the psychological and spiritual health of Nunavummiut who have experienced trauma. For over 15 years, Ittaq has specialized in Inuit-led heritage projects, research, and multi-media production. Supporting Inuit knowledge, language, creativity, and ingenuity, and self-determination in research, are core to Ittaq activities.
Qaggiavuut is well-known for bringing Inuit performing arts to Canada's main stages. Qaggiavuut has also been working with collaborators in Nunavut for 7 years to develop and implement school-based mental health and wellness interventions based on visual arts and Inuit performance arts. Qaggivauut's collaborative research initiatives have explored the social, mental and emotional health outcomes of arts-based, in-school interventions.
Qaujigiartiit grew out of a community-identified need for research that focused on answering the health questions of our communities. Qaujigiartiit's researchers and associates have led or partnered on more than 50 health and wellness research studies in the past 14 years. Qaujigiartiit is recognized nationally and internationally for contributions to Inuit health scholarship and community-led participatory research protocols. Qaujigiartiit has successfully brought more than $22 million dollars in research and training funds into Nunavut since its inception in 2006.
The NU NEIHR scholarship will be awarded annually to 1 Inuit graduate student studying in a field related in some way to health and wellbeing. The successful candidate will be awarded $20,000.00
(Link to the application and description)
(Slot for posting opportunities for graduate students)
- Press Release June 12, 2020