Nasivvik NEAHR Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments

Funding Details
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Grant type: CIHR Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research
  • Year: 2010/11
  • Total Funding: $308,333
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Project Summary

The Nasivvik NEAHR Centre program outlined in this proposal will focus on the development of new research, training and capacity building programs in Inuit regions. The research will focus on the CIHR Aboriginal Network's priority areas of: public health; the complex interactions which determine the health of populations; and indigenous knowledge. It will do this through a program of research development, mentoring and training that responds directly to the needs and interests of Inuit communities. The Centre will build on the strengths of the Nasivvik ACADRE Centre by maintaining and improving its well-established and well-functioning governance and administrative set-up. The Centre has benefited from the active participation of its Board of Directors which is comprised of the main Inuit organizations in the four Inuit regions and in Ottawa. It uses an efficient structure to engage in the Centre's activities, including research coordinators located in the Inuit regions. The Nasivvik NEAHR Centre will expand its Board of Directors to include key regional agencies as observers on the Board, and will expand the pool of researchers formally associated with the Centre through the establishment of a Core Research Team from Universities across Canada. The Nasivvik Centre is well-positioned to support the development of a variety of new research programs for Inuit regions, as well as to add-value to existing programs through its training, capacity building, internship and mentoring programs. The Centre will focus its efforts on the theme of community health responses to environmental change. The Centre will place a particular emphasis on the study of food, water and natural medicine systems in the region. These are topics that - given their direct link to the health and wellbeing of Northern populations - are of particular interest to Inuit communities.