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Shared Services Unit

The Shared Services Unit (SSU) is currently made up of four positions. One of these positions is managed by the Director of Governmental Affairs at Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), while the other three are directly managed by the Executive Director of Joint Secretariat (JS).

The position housed at IRC is the Inuit Research Advisor, which has been in place in the region for over 10 years and was formerly managed by the Community Development Division.

The three JS positions include the Marine Protected Areas Coordinator, Traditional and Local Knowledge Coordinator, and Community Based Monitoring Program Coordinator.

In addition to the SSU, there is other advisory research positions at IRC including a GIS and Data Manager and Project Director for the NWT SPOR UNIT (Hotıì ts'eeda), both which are also under the direct supervision of the Director of Governmental Affairs.

Meet The Shared Services Unit Team



The Inuit Research Advisor (IRA) for the Inuvialuit Settlement Region is a regional position housed at Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC). The overarching goal of the IRA is to be the first point of contact for consultation on any potential or proposed research taking place within the region, whether inside or outside of the six Inuvialuit communities. The IRA plays an advisory role to encourage regional partnerships and collaborations. The IRA also monitors and tracks research internally, leads regional climate change and food security programs, seeks and provides beneficiaries capacity building, training and employment opportunities, and supports them to apply for and conduct community-based research and monitoring projects. This work is possible through the attainment of contribution agreements and grants from Federal research funding programs, with the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) being the main contributor.

For more information or to consult with the IRA, please contact:

Shannon O’Hara
Tel: (867) 777-7026
Toll Free Fax: (877) 289-2389


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The Marine Protected Area Coordinator position was established to support Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and co-management partners in the management and monitoring of existing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). The MPA Coordinator works closely with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Inuvialuit Game Council (IGC), Fisheries Joint Management Committee (FJMC), and local Hunters and Trappers Committees (HTC) to ensure the appropriate and effective management and monitoring of MPAs within the ISR.

If you have any questions or comments related to Marine Protected Areas in the ISR, please contact:

Kayla Hansen-Craik
Joint Secretariat
Tel: (867)777-7050
Fax: (867) 777-2610



The Traditional and Local Knowledge Coordinator works towards more inclusion of Inuvialuit traditional knowledge in wildlife and land management decision-making in the region. They also work on several research projects to document more Inuvialuit knowledge as part of the Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment. They also acts as a liaison with academic researchers working in the region.

If you have any questions or comments related to traditional and local knowledge in the ISR, please contact:

Cassandra Elliott
Joint Secretariat
Tel: (867) 777-7052
Fax: (867) 777-2610



The Inuvialuit Settlement Region–Community-Based Monitoring Program (ISR-CBMP) is a partnership that includes the six ISR Hunters and Trappers Committees (HTCs), Inuvialuit Settlement Region wildlife co-management boardsInuvialuit Game Council (IGC), Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), and Joint Secretariat (JS). The program builds and increases local capacity to monitor current environmental conditions and trends through the training of 10 Community Resource Technicians (CRT’s) and the participation of local harvesters. ISR-CBMP was endorsed by the Inuvialuit Game Council in 2010 and committed to exclusively study Inuvialuit harvesting in 2014. Through the collection of related local/traditional knowledge, the ISR-CBMP successfully developed a coordinated approach to community-based monitoring in the ISR and ultimately, a long-term monitoring program of Inuvialuit harvest data known as the Inuvialuit Harvest Study (IHS). 

If you have any questions or comments related to community-based monitoring in the ISR, please contact:

Chloe Brogan
Joint Secretariat
Tel: (867) 777-7051
Fax: (867) 777-2610


If you have any questions about the Shared Services Unit, please contact:

Bob Simpson
Director, Government Affairs
Tel: (867) 777-7040