This summer almost 15 Inuit youth and students in Arviat were able to work on community-based health and research projects. Their work was recently acknowledged in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut by the Hon. Daniel Shewchuk, Minister Responsible for Arctic College and the Nunavut Research Institute.
The Nunavut Research Institute's role within Nunavut Arctic College is to provide advisory services, act as a development partner in science and technology education and provide scientific licenses according to the Nunavut Scientist Act.
The mission of the Institute is to provide leadership in developing, facilitating and promoting traditional knowledge, science, and research as a resource for the well-being of people in Nunavut.
The Centre's service lines include science and technology development, logistical co-ordination, research liaison and public education. The Centre facilitates a variety of initiatives, undertakes contracts and participates in long-term scientific research, data collection and monitoring programs.
The facility operates year-round. Facilities and services include two laboratories with a variety of basic scientific equipment, accommodations in the Nunavut Arctic College student residence, a cold-storage warehouse, and some field equipment.
The Centre also has a resource library with considerable research related holdings including reports, periodicals and a northern book collection.
The resource library is networked by a database to collections held locally by the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Government of Nunavut's Departments of Environment, and Economic Development & Transportation, and the federal Department of Fisheries & Oceans and Environment Canada. College students and the public are welcome to use the Resource Library.
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International Polar Year 2012 is delighted to announce that Nancy Karetak-Lindell has recently been confirmed Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Exchange.
Nancy was a Canadian Member of Parliament for the territory of Nunavut from 1997 to 2008, and is currently Director of the Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowship Program at the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, which is devoted to engaging, training, and inspiring the next generation of Northern Leaders.
"I am very excited and honoured to chair and be part of the Indigenous Knowledge Exchange Program Committee," Nancy said. "There are so many ways our traditional knowledge from the circumpolar world can complement science and put a human face to the challenges facing us in our Arctic world, and I believe the International Polar Year conference can highlight these opportunities."
The IPY 2012 conference will feature an Indigenous Knowledge Exchange (IKE) with programming developed by Indigenous peoples to highlight issues of interest and importance to community members of the circumpolar Arctic. The IKE welcomes all conference participants to discuss critical topics including: Food Security and Health, Changing Environment – Climate Change, Wildlife and Management, Youth and Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer.
For more information on International Polar Year visit http://www.ipy2012montreal.ca
The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) is pleased to announce the extension and expansion of the W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research and the creation of the W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research.
REMINDER: There's only ONE MONTH LEFT! The deadline for submitting abstracts to the International Polar Year 2012: From Knowledge to Action Conference is September 30.
Come be part of an exciting program featuring the latest polar research results, thought-provoking keynote presentations from global leaders and outstanding sessions on how Arctic and Antarctic knowledge is being applied and used to enable people to live in, adapt to and benefit from our changing world. Our website includes the latest news about conference keynote speakers, as well as information on how to submit your abstract online, please go to www.ipy2012montreal.ca.
This conference takes place in Montréal, Canada from 22-27 April, 2012.
Residents of Arviat celebrated the official opening of the Arviat Research Support Facility this Friday. In this photo, the Hon. Daniel Shewchuk, Minister Responsible for Nunavut Arctic College cuts the ribbon with Arviat Inuit Elder Mary Anowtalik. In addition to providing support for visiting researchers, the new facility will foster stronger relationships between the scientific community, the community of Arviat and the people of Nunavut.
A food security knowledge-tracking workshop was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut on March 1-2, 2011. Rachel Hirsch (York University, Toronto), a researcher interested in public views of and involvement in Canadian environment and health policy, hosted the workshop. This work was inspired by the increased emphasis academics and policy-makers have been placing on food security and climate change research across the Arctic.
The Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) database contains 71,000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada. ASTIS, a project of the Arctic Institute of North America at the University of Calgary, also maintains subset databases about specific regions, subjects and projects.
Visit the Arctic Science and Technology Information System at: http://www.aina.ucalgary.ca/astis/
Only eight days after arriving with the annual sealift, construction of the Nunavut Research Institute's new research support facility in Arviat is complete!
If you are planning to conduct research in Nunavut, you will require a licence or permit to do so. Under the Scientist Act, the Nunavut Research Institute is responsible for administering Scientific Research Licences. In this article from NRI, we will learn about how Nunavut's research licensing process works.