RETAKING THE LEAD:
Establishing Nunavik’s new research governance organization
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About the new organization
This new entity is being established by Nunavik organizations as Nunavik’s new research governance mechanism, grounded in Nunavik Inuit self-determination.
Once operational, it will streamline research review and management, support community research needs, identify Nunavik research priorities, improve access to research information, and more, to ensure that research serves Nunavimmiut priorities, needs and aspirations.
There’s a need. The way research has been conducted hasn’t had much consideration for Inuit priorities. Inuit need to regain that authority over research that’s being conducted in Nunavik.
– Adamie Delisle-Alaku, Integrated Plan
We need to have a strong footing, a strong starting point, to be able to stand on our two feet and feel proud. We need our knowledge. We need a strong platform for that. We need research for that – research will convince many folks.
– Jimmy Johannes, Integrated Plan
The [organization] should help make sure that the environment will be protected, our language, our culture will be protected, and the research that will come up here, something in the research will be beneficial to Inuit – Inuit society as a whole or in groups.
– Harriet Keleutak, Integrated Plan
There are many ways to be poor but in today’s world, not having the right kind of information represents a certain kind of poverty. As long as outsiders decide what is important and are in a position to ask all of the questions, we will never be able to solve our own problems. Without information we are nothing at all and have no power to understand things or to change our life. If Inuit society is to develop we must be able to collect and use information according to our own terms…
– Mark R. Gordon, 1976
The research management organization needs to be a funnel where it is able to help research coming in, and also help communities seeking to do research…In the funnel, it’s a circle, everyone circles in there. Could also think of it as an iglu. Need support for both [external research and community-based research]. They’re not replacing one another, not parallel, but including both. It’s like a mini-university. It’s not just a meeting of the minds, it’s a meeting of the system. This is where we meet and become allies – “symbiallies.” The [organization] needs to be based on Inuit needs. This is not a university of squares, but circles
– Lucy Grey, Integrated Plan
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