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Inuit Tuttarvingat of NAHO is the Inuit-specific centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization.
Our mission is to
advance and promote the health and well-being
of Inuit individuals, families and communities
by working in strong partnerships
to collect information and share knowledge.
RESEARCH ->-> KNOWLEDGE TRANSLATION
Inuit live in 53 Arctic and Northern communities in Canada, as well as several southern cities. 78% of Inuit live in the Inuit Nunangat (Inuit homeland) while 22% live outside Inuit Nunangat
Our main activities are: ◊ collecting and sharing Inuit knowledge ◊ conducting research on priority topics ◊ making western and academic knowledge accessible ◊ providing tools and information to service providers and communities ◊ supporting knowledge networks ◊ using a variety of media to share knowledge
Inuit knowledge ↔ Traditional knowledge
… Is a cumulative body of local or regional knowledge and beliefs handed down through generations by cultural transmission, about the relationship of spiritual and living things (including humans) with one another and with their environment.
Elder Alicee Joamie,
NAHO National Conference
Is Inuit Knowledge Science?
Science is defined as knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through the scientific method of:
Inuit have practiced science for thousands of years
“ Work actively with Inuit elders, healers and cultural bodies to identify and share Inuit traditional knowledge” and
“ Focus on Inuit expertise in developing Inuit specific health programs and addressing health issues at the community level”.
Inuit Tuttarvingat Traditional Knowledge Priorities:
Inuit Knowledge Must be Shared
“ The very premise underpinning Inuit Indigenous Knowledge is that it must be shared; otherwise it is no longer traditional knowledge…
However, it must be respected and must be used to benefit
the holders of this knowledge.”
Rosemary Kuptana, quoted in Inuit Traditional Practices that Encouraged Resilience and Coping, NAHO, 2006
Miriam Lyall, Nunatsiavut
Cultural Safety is Grounded
in Cultural Knowledge
“ Mental health workers, correctional and social service staff need to extend services for healing Inuit using Inuit ways of healing”
It is Time for Indigenous Peoples to Lead
… it is our turn to say “listen to us”; let us call the meeting and you come and listen and understand.”
Mirian Lyall, Nunatsiavut
Elders Nellie Pokiak and Mary Adams at an elders workshop in November 2009
Research with Elders Use original research in more than one product Use direct quotes to capture the voices of knowledge holders and foster cultural safety “ Talk to each other when you are in crises, which is like bad weather. When you talk to another about things, it starts to feel like good weather.”
Provide Opportunities for Face to Face Learning Inuit Healing Practices Workshop NAHO National Conference, Nov. 2009 Elders: Nellie Pokiak, Mary Adams, Alicee Joamie and Minnie Etidloie
Elders will decide what to share but also need information on their rights.