Thanks to all those that were able to make it to the Graduation Luncheon and our Graduation ceremony on May 15th.
"Studying where you live and want to teach makes sense and would solve most worries about housing and leaving the family. NTEP would become more attractive and retention would improve."
Third year Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP) student Karen Inootik, former NTEP student Rebecca Jones and Paul Berger, Associate Professor of Education at Lakehead University, presented the results of a three-year research study at the Nunavut Research Institute in Iqaluit this week.
The team’s research, “Why Not Teach? Inuit High School Students Thoughts on Becoming a Teacher” began in 2009 and was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
Northern Contaminants Program
Northern Scientific Training Program
Nunavut Arctic College
Nunavut Environmental Database
Nunavut Impact Review Board
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Nunavut Water Board
Nunavut Wildlife Management Board
Nunavut Wildlife Resource Centres Coalition
Polar Continental Shelf Project
Proven Methods for Promoting Health, Safety and Environmental Citizenship
Qikiqtani Inuit Association
Nunavut Research Institute
Box 1720, Iqaluit, NU
Phone: 867-979-7280 / Fax: 867-979-7109
Mary Ellen Thomas
Senior Research Officer
Tel: 867 979-7202
Manager, Research Liaison
Tel: 867 979-7279
Manager, Scientific Support Services
Tel: 867 979-7280
Manager, Research Design and Policy Development
Tel: 867- 979-7290
Nunavut Social Economy, Spring 2009 (English) | Nunavut Social Economy, Spring 2009 (Inuktitut)
Gap analysis of Nunavut Climatic Changes Research, 2002
Nunavut Research Agenda, 1997
Performance Monitoring of the Nunavut Arctic College PV system
Summary of results from Nunavut Climatic Changes Research 2001
Summary of results from Nunavut Climatic Changes Research 2004
Negotiating Research relationships: A Guide for Inuit Communities
Glossary of Inuktitut Terminology of Climate Change
Katigsuiniq: A compilation of and Review of Environmental Contaminants Terminology in Inuktitut (Project Report)
Katigsuiniq Glossary of Contaminants Terminology (Bilingual English - English)
C-Ciarn North-Nunavut Research Research Needs Survey: Summary Report
Peterhead Inlet Invertebrate Project Reports
Arctic Sky: Inuit Astronomy, Starlore and Legend - a joint publication with the Royal Ontario Museum (order from NRI)
Compendia of Licensed Research 2009
Compendia of Licensed Research 2008
Compendia of Licensed Research 2007
Compendia of Licensed Research 2006
Compendia of Licensed Research 2005
Compendia of Licensed Research 2004
Compendia of Licensed Research 2003
Compendia of Licensed Research 2002
Compendia of Licensed Research 2001
Compendia of Licensed Research 2000 (coming soon)
Compendia of Licensed Research 1999
Compendia of Licensed Research 1998
Compendia of Licensed Research 1997
Scientific Research Licencing Guidelines (coming soon)
Four times in the past 125 years, scientists from around the world have come together to carry out collaborative scientific research and exploration programs in the polar regions. Each program came to be known as a “polar year,” and involved an intense period of cooperative research providing a snapshot in time. This work resulted in major new scientific discoveries and fundamentally changed how science is conducted in these areas.
Canada has now participated in all four successful polar years. The most recent International Polar Year (IPY) officially began in March 2007 and wrapped up in March 2009. This period involved scientists from 67 countries, who employed new research technologies to carry out a broad range of cooperative scientific studies.
Nunavut hosted more scientific research than any other Canadian province or territory. In 2007, it hosted 50 IPY research activities involving 400 researchers. In 2008, 156 research activities took place in the territory, involving 461 scientists. The results of their work will greatly improve our understanding of conditions and changes occurring in the polar regions and their influence around the globe.
Since 2006, Nunavut Research Institute has hosted the IPY coordination office for the territory. Its work will continue until 2011.
NRI’s Amanda Kilabuk is the Nunavut IPY coordinator.
Over the past three years, the Nunavut IPY coordination office has worked to engage and support local communities and agencies to develop their own IPY research proposals. We’ve also helped evaluate the social and cultural merit of IPY research activity in the territory, and we’ve provided research proponents with information on permitting requirements and helped them to plan community consultations, outreach and reporting activities in Nunavut.
Now that the official observation period for IPY 2007-08 has wrapped up, Nunavummiut should soon begin to reap the benefits of the research results. The Nunavut coordination office will continue to be a contact point for information dissemination, networking and dialogue related to IPY until 2011. We will continue to develop materials to make research available to Nunavummiut, and actively raise awareness of the legacy which be left by this exciting scientific period.
This project/exhibit was made possible with the generous support of the Government of Canada Program for International Polar Year.
For More Information
IPY Nunavut coordination office
LinksInternational IPY Joint Committee
Canadian Federal IPY Program Office
The camp is a 2 week summer science education program that NRI delivers to school children (9 to 13 years of age) in various Nunavut communities. In a day school setting, participants learn how to develop their own websites, and they conduct a variety of educational chemistry, biology and physics experiments relevant to the Arctic.
PromoScience is a National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) program supporting science education and outreach initiatives by researchers and other scientific experts targeting schools. Nunavut Research Institute uses PromScience grants to operate our Simply Science program, which brings leading scientists, educators and researchers from various disciplines to Nunavut to deliver presentations and workshops to elementary and high school students.
Researchers working in Nunavut are encouraged to share their research with the public. NRI arranges talks for researchers visiting Iqaluit.
The bursary is awarded annually to a deserving post - secondary student studying science who is resident of Nunavut. The bursary administered by NRI is in memory of a well known science educator Al Woodhouse, who spent much of his life in Nunavut. Read more
The Geomagnetic Observatory in Iqaluit is owned by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) but operated by Nunavut Research Institute. NRI collects data at the observatory weekly. The data provides GSC with the necessary information to calculate the earth’s magnetic declination (position of the North Magnetic pole). The North magnetic pole appears to be drifting gradually over time for reasons not completely clear. This information is potentially valuable for navigation, global positioning, and telecommunications.
NRI has partnered with Dalhousie Univeristy's Centre for Water Resource Studies to establish a water quality laboratory in Iqlauit, Nunavut. The laboratory is the only facility in Nunavut dedicated to water research and is fully equipped to support quality controlled analysis of biological and chemical parameters in water and wastewater. Major equipment in the lab includes -80C and -10C freezers, spectrophotometers, assorted probes, a high tech. biosafety cabinet, reverse osmosis water purification system, incubators, bench-trop autoclaves, centrifuges, digital balances and much more. The primary focus of research in the lab is to analyse wastewater from several Nunavut communities to better understand the general quality of the wastewater, and determine how and to what extent wastewater quality changes as it flows through natural wetlands before entering the marine receiving environment. This study will help us understand the dynamics of wastewater in an Arctic climate and determine appropriate guidelines for Nunavut's municipal wastewater. As the population of Nunavut's communities continue to grow, the need to develop effective systems to manage our wastewater is becomming more and more important. To learn more visit Dalhousie's centre for water resource studies
NRI is also using the laboratory to test water from streams and rivers around Iqaluit to monitor levels of inidcator bacteria (total coliforms and Escherichi coli) during the open water season. This long term monitoring program which was initiated in 2009 will help us understand how levels of bacteria in small streams and rivers change over the course of a year. We also also trying to determine whan bacteria levels are highest, and understand how factors such as river discharge, water temperature, and turbidity (the amount of dirt in water) affect bacteria levels. Every year we work with students from Arctic College to collect water samples weekly from 2 local rivers, beginning in early June when the rivers become ice free until freeze-up in late October. We test the samples in our water lab using a special system called defined substrate technology (IDEXX) that allows for bacteria to be detected and counted quickly, reliably, and easily.
NRI student and ETP graduate (2010) Criag Beardsall incubates water samples for E.coli testing at the NRI water lab
For more information on the water monitoring project please contact Jamal Shirley, NRI's Manager of Research Design
ReSDA is a Major Research Collaboration that brings together a broad range of disciplines and organizations representing universities, colleges, communities, government, the private sector and non-profits in northern Canada and other Circumpolar countries. This Northern Research Network has offices in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Nunavik. The network's research is all focused around one key question: how can we ensure that a larger share of the benefits of resource developments stay in the region with fewer costs to communities?
Beginning April 1, 2011 this network started to develop, conduct and mobilize research aimed at the sustainable development of Arctic natural resources in a manner that will improve the health and well being of Canada's northern communities while preserving the region's unique environment. The Nunavut Research Institute hosts the ReSDA office in Nunavut and helps to plan a Nunavut based research. For more information visit the ReSDA website.