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Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments


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NAHO National Conference 2009, Chris Furgal

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Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments

  1. 1. Chris Furgal Co-Director, Nasivvik Centre ( Susie Bernier Executive Director, Nasivvik Centre ( Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments Centre pour la Santé des Inuit et les Changements environnementaux
  2. 2. The Arctic Environment is Changing Contaminants Dominant air and ocean currents carry chemical contaminants to the Arctic where they enter the Inuit food chain Climate Change Society and Culture Cultures and societies are in a state of social and economic transition while regions strive for autonomy and self-determination An increasingly warm and unpredictable Arctic climate threatens many aspects of northern livelihoods and health
  3. 3. NASIVVIK – 2007-2010 Focus <ul><li>Thematic Focus – Environmental Health </li></ul><ul><li>Community responses to environmental change </li></ul><ul><li>Food and Inuit health </li></ul><ul><li>Water and Inuit health </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional medicines, remedies and Inuit health </li></ul><ul><li>Description/Focus of Nasivvik as a NEAHR centre </li></ul><ul><li>Only CIHR funded research Institute exclusive to Inuit regions </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging Inuit and non-Inuit students and community residents </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusive of all Inuit regions in Canada with projects and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Partner with other NEAHR Centres on Inuit specific activities </li></ul>
  4. 4. Organization of Nasivvik Centre Nasivvik Board of Directors Dr Eric Dewailly Co-Director Université Laval Dr Chris Furgal Co-Director Trent University Susie Bernier, M.Sc. Exec Dir. Nasivvik NEAHR Centre/Laval Stephanie McDonald IRA Nunavut Rynee Kokiapik IRA Nunavik Shannon O’Hara IRA Inuvialuit Settlement Region John Lampe IRA Nunatsiavut Shared with ArcticNet/NCP Nasivvik NEAHR Core Research Team EDewailly, GMuckle, PAyotte, CFurgal, PHaddad, LChan, GEgeland, CFletcher LavalU, TrentU, UMontreal, UNBC, McGill, UAlberta INUIT COMMUNITIES
  5. 5. Nasivvik Advisory Board 2009 Inuit Regional Partners Nunatsiavut Government – Mary Denniston Makivik Corporation – Minnie Grey Nunavut Tungavvik Inc. – Andrew Dunford (Chair) Inuvialuit Regional Corp. – Larry Gordon Inuit National Partners Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami – Eric Loring NAHO-Inuit Tuttarvingat – Dianne Kinnon Inuit Circumpolar Council-Canada – Eva Kruemmel Co-Director - Eric Dewailly, Université Laval Co-Director - Chris Furgal, Trent University Executive Director - Susie Bernier, Université Laval Observers : First Nations & Inuit Health Branch-Health Canada, Northern Contaminants Program-Indian and Northern Affairs Can, Public Health Agency of Can.
  6. 6. NASIVVIK – 2007-10 Human Resource Development <ul><li>Summer Student Internship Program – 4 months ($5,252) </li></ul><ul><li>Masters Student Scholarships – 1 year renewable once ($17,850 + $3,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Doctoral Student Scholarships – 1 year renewable twice ($17,850 + $3,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Doctoral Fellowships – 2 years non-renewable ($38,000 + $5,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Scholarships – Graduate student travel to CIHR-IAPH Annual Gathering of Graduate Students </li></ul><ul><li>Inuit and Other Trainee Support – e.g. Inuit Winter/Summer Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements for new Scholarship and Complementary Funding Opportunities - see AHRNetS Table or </li></ul>
  7. 7. Traditional Inuit Medicines and Remedies <ul><li>Community Based Research Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Inuvialuit Ethnobotany </li></ul><ul><li>Aurora Research Institute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather Inuvialuit Traditional Knowledge on plant uses including nutritional, medicinal and structural </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Store and preserve information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Present knowledge and educate Inuvialuit and Canadians </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Water and Inuit Health Student Training Water and health unit within Nunavik Summer Science Camp (Kativik School Board) Investigator Driven Research Projects “ Drinking Water and Potential Threats to Human Health in Nunavik: Adaptation Strategies under Climate Change Conditions” Martin et al. 2007
  9. 9. Inuit Food and Health Community Education and Communication Materials – Knowledge Translation Nutrition and Recipe book for Nunavik and Nunatsiavut country / wild foods. D. Gagnon Training video for the monitoring of country food quality (muskox and zoonoses, diseases and contaminants). M. Simard Supporting Inuit communities in the practical implementation of a ban on industrially produced trans fatty acids. E Counil
  10. 10. NASIVVIK – 2007-10 Emerging Issues in the Inuit Health Research ‘Environment’ <ul><li>Protecting and promoting Inuit specificity </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring an Inuit ‘voice’ at higher levels of research program direction </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging issues in research ethics (organization, direction, implications) of importance for Inuit </li></ul><ul><li>Scope of granting council ‘eligibility’ and ‘focus’ for capacity building </li></ul><ul><li>Indicators of ‘success’ of capacity building initiatives within research programs (e.g. NEAHRs) </li></ul><ul><li>Shifting emphasis towards ‘action oriented’ / intervention research </li></ul>
  11. 11. Merci Nakurmik Thank You Qujannamiik ᖁᔭᓐᓇᒦᒃ ᓇᑯᕐᒦᒃ Nakurmiik Qujanaq