We support Inuit self-determination in research and turn knowledge into action.

Inuit are the original researchers and observers of our homeland. 

We blend traditional knowledge with cutting edge technologies to advance understandings about our environment.

'The Meaning of Ice' research team and local experts visiting Kangiqtuaaluk (Sam Ford Fjord) as part of their work in 2009. From left: Teema Qillaq, Nina Qillaq, David Iqaqrialu, Ilkoo Angutikjuak, and Elijah Palituq. Photo: Christian Morel

Research strengths:

  • Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ)
  • Environmental research and monitoring
  • Weather, sea ice, and climate change
  • Hunting and harvesting research
  • Research and field logistics  
  • IQ studies and oral history research
  • Linking land-based learning and research approaches
  • Aerial imaging and aerial mapping research
  • (Standard) mapping and participatory mapping
  • Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research; co-production of knowledge
  • Community engagement
  • Community-to-community knowledge exchange and peer-to-peer training
  • Research design and proposal development
  • Research opportunities and mentorship for Inuit students and early career researchers
  • Education and training for visiting researchers wanting to work with communities
Sivugat Palluq advises on locations for automated weather stations for the Kangiqtugaapik (Clyde River) Weather Station Network. Photo: Shari Fox

Current core research projects:

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Toku Oshima, a harvester and researcher visiting from Qaanaaq, Greenland, learns about a sea ice monitoring approach used in Clyde River, to take back to Qaanaaq. Photo: Christian Morel

Visiting research support

Ittaq supports visiting researchers through the Nunavut Research Institute (NRI) licensing process. 

At this time, Clyde River requires that all researchers seeking a license to conduct research in the community first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI template can be requested/submitted from/through NRI or directly from/to Ittaq. LOIs that are approved will then be invited to submit a full NRI application. 

Visiting researchers are encouraged to contact Ittaq as early as possible in project development in order to understand if their project is of interest, priority, and a good fit for Clyde River. Early communication can establish if the project meets our requirements for true benefits to the community.

We welcome projects that offer genuine collaboration and support Inuit leadership of research. Some of our services are outlined below. 

Supports and services for visiting research:

  • Proposal design and project development consultation
  • Community researchers, project leads, and field researchers
  • Project management
  • Year-round field services (e.g. environmental monitoring, guiding, sampling, ground-truthing, equipment testing/operation/maintenance)
  • Digital media support (e.g. photography, videography, aerial imaging, aerial mapping, video productions)
  • Logistics
  • Workshop facilitation; community engagement
  • Interviews and focus group facilitation
  • Sample collection
  • Guidance and training for researchers, students, government employees and others on working with communities