Ittaq was started in 2005 by a group of Clyde River residents in response to growing research activities in Nunavut – research that did not often consult with communities, include community members or Inuit knowledge, or understand local needs. The group wanted their community to play a stronger role in research activities and research leadership. They agreed that Clyde River has many resources and skills to offer visiting research projects, that Clyde River residents could and should lead their own research projects, and that a research and heritage centre could also be a new economic development opportunity for the community.
Since that time, Ittaq has grown. We have worked with many local and visiting researchers on diverse projects. We have supported a number of heritage projects in the community, especially through our media work, which has been our most active focus area in the last few years. We have also supported our community in taking action to support our youth, mobilize our knowledge, monitor our environment, and assert our culture, language, and rights. We strive to be a resource for our community and other Nunavummiut for building diverse skills and accessing all types of information, knowledge, research, training opportunities, and other resources.
A committee of eight community members that includes representatives from our Hamlet Council and Hunters and Trappers Organization, help guide Ittaq. Ittaq also reports to the Ilisaqsivik Society Board of Directors and the committee reviews and provides feedback to the Nunavut Research Institute on research licence applications submitted to our community.
Ittaq Committee and Staff, from left:
Aisa Piungituq, Jerry Natanine, Apiusie Apak, Shari Gearheard, Tina Kuniliusie, Atakaalik Palluq, Peter Paneak, Mike Jaypoody, and Robert Kautuk. Robert Kautuk, Ittaq staff and photographer, captured this shot with his drone.