Arviat is a busy community in the summer. While school is out, universities and researchers, students and youth collaborate on a wide range of projects and field work.
This month, six Inuit youth took part in an introductory research and survey methods workshop delivered by UBC students Karina Czyzewski and Patricia Johnston. Czyzewski and Johnston are working with UBC professors Nathanael Lauster and Frank Tester on a three-year study of housing, routine and community in Arviat.
Training was held at the Nunavut Arctic College Arviat Community Learning Centre and introduced students to research, ethics, interviewing and communication skills. They also learned about teamwork and how to work together as a group.
All six students successfully completed their course and are presently employed for the summer interviewing Elders, youth and community members.
The information gathered by students will be very useful and can contribute to making better houses and making a better community. Maybe new and different spaces are needed to meet our growing needs. Maybe people don't have a routine. That makes working and going to school a problem. Maybe something can be done about this.
The results of this research can help in housing design, community planning, social and recreational services and understanding the problems Inuit might have getting to work or school, keeping a routine and doing the things that give the most happiness and help Inuit to 'feel at home'.
We thank the University of British Columbia School of Social Work and Department of Psychology, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Nunavut Research Institute and Nunavut Arctic College Community Programs for supporting youth engagement in science and research this summer.
Karina, Ethan, Shelton and Patricia working on survey instruments and materials they will be working on with their housing research this summer.
Popular education and team-building activities were a hit with the youth!
Mrs. Konek came to visit for the team dinner and to learn about what the youth are doing for their latest projects. She has always been a strong supporter of our youth participating in research projects since the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project started in 2010.
Peter, Ethan, Karina, Manasie, Alaina, Shelton and Patricia celebrate their successful workshop!