Current projects

At Ittaq we lead a range of community-based projects and collaborate with a wide range of visiting researchers.

We also work closely with Ilisaqsivik Society to support many educational, cultural, language, land-based, and wellness projects and programs. Visit www.ilisaqsivik.ca to learn more about those activities.

Timeframe:
2015 and ongoing
Project leads:
Robert Kautuk, Shari Gearheard – Ittaq

In the fall of 2015, Ittaq launched a cyberatlas project to make knowledge about Clyde River’s environment accessible and useable to a diverse audience.

Timeframe:
2009 and ongoing
Project leads:
Esa Qillaq, Shari Gearheard – Ittaq, University of Colorado

Starting in 2009, Ittaq along with local hunters and Elders partnered with researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Colorado State University to initiate the Silalirijiit Project.

Timeframe:
2015-2018
Project leads:
Audrey Steenbeek – Dalhouse University and Igah Sanguya – Clyde River Community Health Representative

HIV infections are a real threat for Inuit communities, and since every community is different, we are not sure how ready communities are in dealing with HIV.

Timeframe:
2014-2016
Project leads:
Matthew Alkire – University of Washington

The purpose of this project is to collect water samples from seven different rivers and their adjoining estuaries throughout the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in order to determine whether or not their chemical signatures differ from larger North American rivers such as the Mackenzie and Yukon Rive

Timeframe:
2016-2018
Project leads:
George Wenzel – McGill University

The focus of this research is to develop updated information on food production and sharing in the community. While harvesting studies were done by BRIA in the 1980s and the NWMB in the 1990s, those surveys were designed to provide information for wildlife management.

Timeframe:
2012-present
Project leads:
Kathryn McWilliams, Kevin Krieger – University of Saskatchewan

The Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) is a global network of scientific radars deployed to monitor conditions in the Earth’s space environment.

Timeframe:
2013-present
Project leads:
Philip Loring – University of Alaska Fairbanks

Sustainable Futures North (SFN) is a three-year National Science Foundation funded project focused on developing a better understanding of the interactions among: 1) food; 2) water; 3) energy security and 4) natural resource development in Arctic and Subarctic rural communities.