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Developing Inuit Research Capacity


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Canadian Public Health Association
Annual Conference June 22 2011
Dianne Kinnon, Inuit Tuttarvingat, National Aboriginal Health Organization
Martin Lougheed, Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre, Inuit TapiriitKanatami

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  • Cool project. So, this being it final year, how has it gone? It's excellent that access to research and statistics is being made. Has Naasautit been fully established; is it online? If so, can you post the link? Part of the reason I ask is I've started an expanding research project on Inuit culture; particularly traditional naming conventions. Here's the link if you'd like to review it:

    Advice I share with our users is to consider the ancient and natural beauty of the Inuit language as inspiration for new life because it’s a beautifully spiritual language spoken by native people of the arctic. Inuit names carry the souls of their ancestors making recipients of a name the bearer of all those who were so-named before. Their names also have much to do with the natural environment. And what a magically breathtaking place it is with everything blanketed in pure white under a dome of light blue sky. Perhaps the only thing surpassing this natural magnificence is the wondrous aurora. Appropriately named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, stunning curtains of fluorescent green light stream through the stratosphere. They’ve also been called “dance of the spirits”. Is this place and the languages of it not a perfect source of inspiration for exceptional names?

    I'm open to feedback on any improvements, changes, or corrections that need to be made. My research is now expanding into different areas. Any resources you are aware of would be appreciated.
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Developing Inuit Research Capacity

  1. 1. Developing Inuit Research Capacity and Access to Statistics for Health Planning and Action Canadian Public Health Association Annual Conference June 22 2011Dianne Kinnon, Inuit Tuttarvingat, National Aboriginal Health OrganizationMartin Lougheed, Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  2. 2. The Project 2 ½ year development project (2008-2011) funded by the Aboriginal Health Transition Fund Six partner organizations:  Nunatsiavut Government  Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (delegated by Makivik Corporation)  Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.  Inuvialuit Regional Corporation  Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami  Inuit Tuttarvingat of the National Aboriginal Health Organization or
  3. 3. Objectives Contribute to the current state of knowledge of Inuit population health indicators Facilitate future Inuit population health research by improving access to the relevant research and statistics information Enable Inuit communities and organizations to make evidence-based decisions or
  4. 4. Some Project Highlights Training courses and on-the-job training for four health data analyst interns Introduction to Statistics training course Aboriginal Statistics Training Program Nain, Labrador
  5. 5. Project Highlights Knowledgeable, engaged Management Group:  representative from each partner organization, good continuity  used consensus decision-making and respected different views  balanced regional and national interests  stayed focused on the goal Management Group discussing the project evaluation
  6. 6. Project Highlights Developed an Inuit data organization tool, based on previous work by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Ten “domains” drawn from the determinants of health approach Focus is community health and wellness It provided the framework for the data
  7. 7.  Developed an interactive graphing application and launched statistics directory on March 10, 2011 Features:  Inuit-specific statistics  Four Inuit regions, Inuit Nunangat, non-Nunangat and Inuit Canada data  “Default” graph and table  Can customize graph using selection menu  Pop-up glossary, resource list
  8. 8. 2011 and Beyond Established Naasautit as a permanent service of the Inuit Knowledge Centre Continued enhancement of the service to fill Inuit needs:  Additional Statistics Canada data  Other Inuit-specific data such as the Inuit Health Survey  Additional tools and resource materials Seeking funding for expansion
  9. 9. How Directory is Being Used On-line User Survey and Web Stats – March 10 - May 10 2011 One-half (57%) of users work for an Inuit organization; another quarter (26%) work for an Aboriginal organization At least 70% were highly satisfied or satisfied with: the gender specific information, age group breakdowns, cultural relevance and topics covered 44% are return visitors to the site Most users to date are from Southern Canada
  10. 10. Comments from Data Users “Excellent foundation upon which to add topics/data as they become available” “This is an excellent, easy to use and innovative site” Need to be able to compare to other Canadians “The regional and sub-regional breakdowns are very useful; but I imagine others would like more detailed information” Statistics to add: community surveys, health services utilization, more health info, workforce participation, climate change, Inuit culture, Inuit law
  11. 11. Preliminary External Evaluation Results Unique collaboration among the four regional and two nationalpartners, as well as Statistics Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada Significant contribution to knowledge of Inuit population healthindicators; will facilitate future research by increasing access to Inuit-specific statistics Short-term project will be sustained through willingness of InuitQaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre to manage the directory Challenges included time needed to build relationships and trust,difficulties recruiting regional staff and software development problems
  12. 12. Thank you!Martin Lougheed, Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge CentreInuit Tapiriit Kanatamilougheed@itk.ca1-866-262-8181; 613-238-8181, ext 297Dianne Kinnon, Inuit TuttarvingatNational Aboriginal Health Organizationdkinnon@naho.ca1-877-602-4445; 613-760-3514For more information on Naasautit: