Inuvialuit Community Research Network to boost local studies and jobs

Inuvik, the biggest community in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. The new network will help train the next generation of researchers, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation said. (Eilis Quinn/Eye on the Arctic)

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) launched a community research network this month it says will both boost local study initiatives as well as create employment. 

No one from IRC responded to comment requests this week, but in a news release, the organization said the project was ground-breaking for the North.

“This Network will be the first of its kind in Inuit Nunangat [the Inuit regions of northern Canada], boosting ongoing efforts to enhance Inuvialuit research capacity in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region,” the IRC said.

The IRC said the goal of the network is to improve involvement of beneficiaries in research being done in their region  and making sure Inuvialuit knowledge and Western science are both considered in policy decisions.

“The Network will increase Inuvialuit capacity and self-determination in research by improving research communication with Inuvialuit Beneficiaries (e.g., making data from research studies widely available to community members) and ensuring everyone knows about opportunities to participate in research,” the organization said.

Mentorship and training 

Inuvialuit beneficiaries in any of the settlement region communities will be eligible for network jobs and its professional development.

Training opportunities for beneficiaries  will include  being able to shadow others doing their jobs, and participating in workshops and  courses.

View from road near the Arctic community of Inuvik in Canada's Northwest Territories. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)
View from road near the Arctic community of Inuvik in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Community Research Administrators will support the implementation of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation’s climate change program, the IRC said. (Eilís Quinn / Eye on the Arctic)

There will be one Community Research Administrator (CRA) based in each community who will also act as a mentor.

“The CRAs will serve as the point of contact for research matters in their home communities, and support the implementation of IRC’s climate change, energy, marine, Inuvialuit Knowledge, sociocultural and environmental research programs.”

The new network is part of the Innovation, Inuvialuit Science and Climate Change (ISCC) Division.

The Inuvialuit Settlement Region is located in the northwesternmost part of the Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Comments, tips or story ideas? Contact Eilís at eilis.quinn(at) 

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