Over the past decade, the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) has become one of the most studied locations within Canada. Interest in the ISR has grown because of its rapidly changing environmental conditions, the development of the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway and a recent surge in funding related to cold regions within Canada. These research programs are consistently evolving to meet the needs of beneficiaries, community organizations, funders, and partners at the regional, territorial and national levels. As such, the need for coordination and Inuvialuit-driven research becomes more apparent with increased funding availability, access and interest in the ISR.
To meet this growing regional need, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) has created a specialized Innovation, Science & Climate Change division. This research division is led by a Director of Innovation, Science & Climate Change and includes several specialists in the fields of data, climate change, energy and engagement. Additionally, support services are provided by the Shared Services Unit (SSU), which operates in partnership between Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and Joint Secretariat.