Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre

The goal of Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre is to enable health research to be conducted locally, by Nunavummiut (people of Nunavut), and with communities in a supportive, safe, culturally-sensitive and ethical environment, as well as promote the inclusion of both Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit knowledge) and western sciences ways of knowing to address health concerns, create healthy environments, and improve the health of Nunavummiut.

Community-run Research Projects – We facilitate and support the development of community-driven health research projects throughout Nunavut. We are currently helping community members to explore youth wellness; mental health; sexual health; healthy eating; food security; climate change; healthy homes and hygiene; parenting; Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and more through research.

Knowledge sharing - We explore interesting and creative ways community members, researchers, students, and health care workers can share knowledge and communicate the results of research studies in a meaningful way such as through web-content, workshops, art exhibits, open houses, community events, publications, conferences, and more.

Training - We create and deliver workshops on proposal writing; health research ethics; public health education; research methods; health promotion and other topics that community members identify that are offered at no-cost to community members.

Ethics - we continue to explore and evolve our understanding of what it means to be ethical from Inuit and community perspective. We are working to form a Northern health research ethics review board that will be responsive to these ideas and have developed a tool for community members to use when evaluating health research proposals; and teaching workshops and seminars about ethical conduct in research in Nunavut.

Since our inception in 2006, Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre has:

- Brought over 5 million dollars in research and training funding into the territory of Nunavut
- Seen more than 250 community members throughout Nunavut participate in our training workshops and intervention research projects
- Supported both northern-based and southern-based post-secondary and graduate students who are working to improve the health of Nunavummiut by answering local health questions through research.

Facts and figures

Web http://www.qhrc.ca
Year Established 2006
Total Number of Staff 10
Number of Academic Staff 1
Number of Students 1
Focus Areas

Family health
Health care system
Indigenous methodology and epistemology
Mental Health and Wellness
Community-led research