What We Are Doing

Overview of Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

The goal of Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre is to enable health research to be conducted locally, by Nunvummiut, and with communities in a supportive, safe, culturally-sensitive and ethical environment, as well as promote the inclusion of both Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and western ways of knowing and understanding wellness to address health concerns, create healthy environments, and improve the health of Nunavummiut.

Representatives from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Nunavut Research Institute, the Dept. of Health and Social Services, a hamlet health committee (presently the Arviat Health Committee) and youth and community members are currently represented on the Qaujigiartiit Board of Directors.


  • Community-run Research Projects -  We facilitate and support the development of community-driven health research projects throughout Nunavut. We are currently helping community members to explore youth wellness; mental health; sexual health; healthy eating; food security; climate change; healthy homes and hygiene; parenting; Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and more through research.
  • Ethics -  Exploring Inuit and community perspectives on ethics; forming a Northern Health research ethics review board; developing a tool for community members to use when evaluating health research proposals; exploring Inuktitut terminology for ethics (Inuuqatigiitsiarniq and Pittiarniq); and teaching workshops and seminars about ethical conduct in research in Nunavut.
  • Knowledge Sharing -  we look at interesting and creative ways community members, researchers, and health care workers can share health information through museum exhibits; journal and magazine articles; presentations; radio; face to face meetings; video; website; mailing lists and more.
  • Workshops, Training, Student Mentoring, and Seminars – we deliver workshops on proposal writing; health research ethics; public health education; research methods; health promotion and other topics that community members identify.