RT @Northern_Clips: New #Inuit research centre to combine traditional knowledge & science http://ow.ly/VTkO Mary Simon of #ITK #indigenous #aboriginal
Mary Simon speaking at the launch of the Inuit Knowledge Centre press conference on January 12, 2010
Today at the Charles Lynch Press Theatre on Parliament Hill, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Mary Simon launched "Inuit Qaujisarvingat: The Inuit Knowledge Centre". The decision to create Inuit Qaujisarvingat arose from a February 2008 Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Board of Directors meeting as a method of addressing the gap between western science and Inuit knowledge, as well as a method of capacity building among Inuit to respond to a growing interest in the Arctic and Arctic issues. In other countries these issues have been addressed through the creation of Indigenous Knowledge Centres such as the National Institute of Research Excellence for Maori Development and Advancement, the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Sami Research Centre at the University of Lapland - Canada, until this point, had no similar structure. Through providing tools to help Inuit access the systems of western science, aiding southern based scientists in interacting fully and appropriately within Inuit communities and with using Inuit knowledge, and, through securing secure key partnerships with foundations, governments, NGO's and private sponsors, Inuit Qaujisarvingat will help Canada in building on its inherent advantage as the steward of remarkable human and natural resources that are of vital global importance, help Canada fulfill its international obligations, and become a leader in the exchange and use of Inuit and scientific knowledge.