Heather Ochalski: Bridging Inuit Knowledge with Western Science


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Heather Ochalski: Bridging Inuit Knowledge with Western Science

  1. 1. Bridging Inuit Knowledge with Western Science CIETcanadavtQx3lQ5 wkw5 cspm/q w9o8ixDbs?4g9l NlNw6y?9oxis2 u4ñ}nk5
  2. 2. CIETcanada research prioritiesCIET is an academic NGO housed at the U of O.Its research priorities are relevant for Inuit: • Intercultural approaches to resilience • Cluster methodologies to understand community dimensions, and sparse data context • Community led randomised trials to provide the highest quality evidence for planning 1.Culturally relevant tools for socialising evidence • Build skills where they are needed most
  3. 3. CIETcanada capacity building• CIET builds skills to conduct research and to use research products; multi-method, epidemiology focus• CIET tries to move the centre of gravity of research from academic centres to communities• In Canada, the several skill initiatives including – Network Environment for Aboriginal Health Research (NEAHR): scholarships and seed funds – Centre for intercultural research in prevention of gender violence (CIPREV)‫‏‬ – Inuit Institute for Research and Planning
  4. 4. The Inuit Institute forResearch and Planningwas inaugurated in 2008The IIRP builds Inuit skills to link traditional knowledge andWestern Science in Canada’s NorthThe first Inuit Winter Institute (IWI) trained a group of Inuit to work inInuit research and planning, setting the stage for an Inuit masters anddoctoral program
  5. 5. Objectives of the IIRP• Build capacity and accreditation of Inuit researchers• Inuit controlled interface between Inuit knowledge andWestern science• Inuit research priorities, ethical review and funding• Inuit led research and use of its products in planning
  6. 6. IIRPs first Inuit cohort• 8 week course: epidemiological research and training• 2 week in-class sessions for 4 years (3rd year 2010)• Apply knowledge in funded community based researchprojects in between each session•Hands on training in ethics and data management
  7. 7. Inuit Institute for Research and Planning Skills acquisition in funded research projects• Inuit Community Action Research Team (ICART)‫‏‬ – Inuit research management (consulting Elders)‫‏‬ – Community Involvement (Advisory Committee)• Training (cohort and community partner)‫‏‬ – Develop Instruments (questionnaires) – Qualitative instruments in design ‫‏‬ – Sampling (eg. youth, elders, male, female)‫‏‬ – High quality data collection (surveys and trials)‫‏‬ – Ethics and Inuit training in ethics reviews
  8. 8. Skill acquisition... Funded Community-Based Research Projects• In-depth analysis (of results)• Developing evidence-based interventions• Implementation research (of the interventions)‫‏‬• Follow-up Survey Outcomes will depend on actual interventions• Project Governance Based on OCAP: Ownership, Control, Access and Possession principles.
  9. 9. Research practical areas• Inuit resilience research – Community Resilience to AIDS (Ottawa)‫‏‬ – Domestic Violence Reduction (Labrador and Nunavut)• Inuit led research proposals – Environment and child health (Nunavut)‫‏‬ – ‫ ‏‬se of contaminated cooking, storage and U eating vessels (with NTI)‫‏‬
  10. 10. CIETcanada hosted the second session of the Inuit Institute for Research and Planningat the University of Ottawa from June 1-12, 2009. 3rd Session: November 1-12, 2010
  11. 11. Timeline for the Inuit cohort• 2008 First Inuit Institute ‫‏‬• 2009 Second Inuit Institute ‫‏‬ – Inuit Institute for Research ‫ ‏‬Planning & – Field projects and proposals• 2010 Third Inuit Institute – Bachelors completed – Masters begins• 2011-2012 Masters cohort graduating• 2012-2014 Inuit doctoral cohort
  12. 12. hochalski@ciet.org Thank you!