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
… 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.
… 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