The objective of this project is to bring graduate students and early career researcher together from both Kallaalit Nunaat and Nunavut in a learning exchange and participation in the Qaujigiartiit Qaujisarnirmut Pilimmaksaijut(Research Skills development week).
Qaujigiartiit and the Nunavut NEIHR as research entities situated in Nunavut have with decades of experience leading research in Nunavut. This project will support the initiative to strengthen relationships across Inuit Nunangat (between Kalaallit Nunaat and Nunavut). Although, Kalaallit Nunaat and Nunavut are geographically close, there are no direct routes connecting the two places. To bring students closer together in a learning exchange we hope to strengthen relationships and broaden networks while fostering an enduring foundation for Inuit students and early career researchers.
These funds will provide the opportunity to cover travel costs for Inuit students/early career researchers to attend the Qaujigiartiit Qaujisarnirmut Pilimmaksaijut(Research Skills development week), a 5-day course delivered by Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and The Nunavut NEIHR(Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research). This course is tailored to support training opportunities for Nunavut-based researchers to enhance their skills and knowledge in research. This course brings western and Inuit epistemologies, where deep thought, and meaningful discussions can take place, knowledge can be shared, and new ideas cultivated.
The next course will take place on February 5-9, 2024, and will include sessions in community-based research methods, Ethics, Inuit-led research and storytelling, Inuit ways of knowing and knowledge transmission through sealskin preparation, and research and the teachings from the Qulliq. There was an important balance between both western and Inuit epistemologies, and each session allows for inquiry, hands-on learning, and engagement.
The Qaujigiartiit Qaujisarnirmut Pilimmaksaijut is part of many of the training initiatives delivered through the NEIHR. The Nunavut NEIHR aims to build on the knowledge and capacity in research that exists in our communities to advance Inuit-led research. We aim to support research that promotes key pathways to wellness that we know are our strengths, including the outcomes of land-based programing, visual and performance arts, Inuit research methods, community-driven ethics, and international collaboration across Arctic communities.
The Nunavut NEIHR is made up of a collective of 4- Inuit governed community-led independent organizations; Aqqiumavik Society, Ilisaqsivik and Ittaq Heritage Research Centre, Qaggiavuut Performing Arts Society and Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre. Each hub site is leading research in various areas that bring Inuit research methods to the forefront, by bringing research to action, and responds to our community needs.
This partnership grant will provide Inuit students from both sides of the Davis Strait, to exchange knowledge, broaden network, learn within a Inuit Ilisaijjusiit(Inuit methods of teaching and learning), and build cultural capacity within Inuit ways of knowing. We hope that this initiative will lead to future research and further learning exchanges on both sides.