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Inuit Release National Inuit Strategy On Research

Inuit Release National Inuit Strategy On Research

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) released the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR) on March 22, 2018 - a pivotal document that outlines the coordinated actions required to improve the way Inuit Nunangat research is governed, resourced, conducted, and shared.

The document promotes a shared understanding of the legacy of Inuit Nunangat research and connects this legacy to current research practices, 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.


View the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR)

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For far too long, researchers and research institutions have tended to be 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. Furthermore, 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.

"Inuit recognize the important role research can play in informing actions that create safer, healthier, and more resilient communities," said Natan Obed, President of ITK. "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."

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.

The objectives identified within each priority area are intended to be achieved between 2018-2022 through shared short-, medium-, and long-term actions undertaken by Inuit, governments, and research institutions.

ITK, as the national representative organization for Inuit, was tasked with developing the National Inuit Strategy on Research through the ITK 2016-2019 Strategy and Action Plan. The NISR was developed in coordination with the Inuit Qaujusarvingat National Committee made up of representatives of each of the voting and non-voting members of ITK’s Board of Directors.


If you have any questions concerning the National Inuit Strategy on Research, please contact:

Taylor Giffin
Communications Coordinator
Tel: (867) 777-7055