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									Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre

www.inuitknowledge.ca

WHO ARE WE?

Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre envisions a world in which Inuit and Inuit
knowledge advance sustainable Arctic science and policy. The Centre will lead education and
training efforts to ensure an increasingly active role for Inuit that leads to the generation
innovative research and policy making within a Canadian and global context.

Inuit Qaujisarvingat (kow-yee-sar-ving-at) will be located at ITK, in Ottawa.

WHY ARE WE BEING FORMED?

Global and national forces such as sovereignty, resource development, climate change and
militarization are driving much of the science about the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic and
creating increasing demands for timely scientific information as well as the engagement and
knowledge of Arctic Indigenous peoples.

Despite this recent surge in interest about Inuit perspectives and involvement of Inuit in
scientific research, there remain significant challenges in acquiring Inuit knowledge and
understanding how it can expand the research and the knowledge base necessary for sound
policy development in the Arctic.

Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre will address the opportunities and challenges
for Inuit in Arctic research and grow to meet the demand for better knowledge about the Arctic.

WHO ARE OUR AUDIENCES?

The Centre will support those involved in Arctic research and policy development from the
community to international level. This is a diverse group, including Inuit organizations, non-Inuit
researchers and policy makers, governments and Arctic research networks.

WHAT ARE OUR GOALS?

The Centre is situated to be a place of discourse and learning about the relationship between
Inuit knowledge and western science. Each goal listed below will lead to the building of capacity
among Inuit and also help provide Inuit-specific perspectives.

The Centre’s main goals are tri-fold:
     Fostering knowledge exchange and capacity
     Contributing knowledge for improved Arctic research
     Supporting knowledge development in key Inuit policy areas

								
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