Inuit Research Advisors

Inuit Research Advisors, or IRAs, are the link between Inuit communities and research.

There is one Inuit Research Advisor (IRA) in each Inuit Region. The IRAs are knowledgeable and resourceful contacts for their regions. They are available to:

  • Assist and advise researchers and Inuit communities in making the appropriate connections during the proposal development and during the project.
  • Assist and advise researchers and Inuit communities in dissemination and communication of research results.
  • Assist in the development of new Inuit-driven research projects
  • Identify and engage youth in training and educational opportunities and build research capacity in each region

The IRAs work at the offices of: the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Kativik Regional Government, and the Nunatsiavut Government.

The IRA positions are co-funded by ArcticNet, the Northern Contaminants Program at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, as well as their host organizations. In the past, for several years Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments also contributed funds. The National IRA Coordinator is located at ITK.