Inuit Qaujisarvingat: Inuit Knowledge Centre at ITK!

“Advancing Inuit knowledge for sustainable Arctic science and policy.”

Inuit Qaujisarvingat (kow-yee-sar-ving-at): Inuit Knowledge Centre was launched in 2010 as a centre on research housed at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in Ottawa.

Inuit Qaujisarvingat is working to bridge the gap between Inuit knowledge and western science and build capacity among Inuit to respond to global interests in Arctic issues.


On April 18, 2016 Dr. Trevor Bell provided an op-ed concerning Nunatsiavut and Labrador Inuit. Dr. Bell discussed the Muskrat Falls Project and provided an explanation on how new evidence supports a precautionary approach and social justice for Labrador Inuit. For more information click here.

In March 2016 Inuit Qaujisarvingat visited Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and Inuvik, Northwest Territories to carry out workshops for Nilliajut: Inuit perspectives on the Northwest Passage. These workshops involved asking a series of questions such as “what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the Northwest Passage?” and “does shipping impact your travel either by boat or skidoo?” In addition to these workshops, short video interviews were conducted with individuals for a documentary film.

On April 7, 2016 ITK held a Board of Directors Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna and United States Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy were in attendance. Canada and the United States both recognize the importance of incorporating traditional and scientific knowledge in decision-making. 

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Climate change has spurred a sharp rise in shipping traffic. On April 13, coast guard officials from the US and Canada will train for a cruise ship catastrophe: a mass rescue from a luxury liner on its maiden voyage through the remote and deathly cold waters between the Northwest Passage and the Bering Strait. It’s into these turbulent waters that the luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity will set sail next August, departing from Seward, Alaska, and transiting the Bering Strait and Northwest Passage, before docking in New York City 32 days later.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and provincial and territorial Premiers met on March 2, 2016 with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation leaders to discuss how they can work together, in the spirit of the renewed relationship, to address climate change and promote clean growth.

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