Innovation, Science & Climate Change Projects At a Glance

Current Research of ISCC Division 2020/2021

This page highlights some ongoing research initiatives in which Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is a Principal Investigator or Co-applicant.*

While not an exhaustive list of all activities currently being worked on, this page will rotate to provide a glimpse of the overall work being done.

Completed projects are available on the Documents and Resources page.

Photo: Tess Forbes, Marine Program Coordinator, asks Joseph about cruise ships during the Billy Joss Open golf tournament in Ulukhaktok, July 2020.


Inuit Health Survey

The four Inuit Land Claims Organizations (or their designates, in collaboration with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, will co-design and implement a permanent population health survey of Inuit in Canada that is informed by Inuit knowledge, values, and worldview, stakeholder engagement, and the latest health sciences research. We will also govern and facilitate access to the survey data, including publishing results that are engaging and accessible by Inuit and organizations that serve Inuit populations.

Objective:  There is a lack of Inuit-determined, quality data about the health of Inuit in Canada. QNIHS aims to provide data that are: (a) relevant and culturally safe, (b) up to date, comparable across populations and time, and comprehensive, (c) Inuit-determined and owned by Inuit and (d) accessible


Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) – NWT Support Unit

The Unit is intended to promote health research that better reflects the priorities and realities of NWT Indigenous people, and to ensure research results positively shape the NWT health system, and improve how health services are delivered and accessed. It will work to ensure health research funding is provided directly to NWT organizations, and that health-related capacity development and training in research, the health professions and in administration, will be a basis for continuous health system improvement and innovation. This project includes an active partnership with various indigenous organizations across NWT.

Objective: Contribute to ensuring NWT health research and the NWT health system better meet the needs of NWT Indigenous peoples.


COVID-19 Regional Epidemiological Modelling

To support informed decision-making and preparation,  the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation is developing regional epidemiological models to predict how the novel coronavirus would spread through the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, the timing and magnitude of infections and need for medical resources in each community. This involves procuring and presenting relevant descriptive data for each community and developing deterministic and stochastic epidemiological models to predict the rate of infection under different kinds of public health interventions.

Objective:   To accurately predict the potential impact of COVID-19 on Inuvialuit Settlement Region communities.




Inuvialuit Place Names

Over the centuries that Inuvialuit have lived and travelled throughout their land and given names to camping places, settlements and landmarks. These names may reflect the kinds of activities that were carried out at those places, the kinds of resources the area is known for, or events that occurred there. Place names help to shape and define the cultural landscape, and are an enduring record of Inuvialuit history and heritage. Knowing place names and their meanings, the resources or landmarks at those locations, and the sequence of those place names as people journeyed along travel routes was one way that Inuvialuit learned to read the land without a writing system or printed maps. These locations are of central importance when identifying key areas of significance within the ISR. This initiative aims to identify, collect, overlap and quality controls previously collected Place Names research. Place name information will be complied from existing research and will include names documented on maps and in interviews (both English and Inuvialuktun).

Objective: Develop a consolidated and quality-controlled map of place names within the ISR which can be used to identify key areas of consideration when assessing the potential for natural resource development.



Knowledge Mobilization


Advancing Arctic Research through Connected Data Infrastructure

The Canadian Consortium for Arctic Data Interoperability will develop an Arctic Research Data Infrastructure predicated on a vision to support and grow a research community that fully engages Inuit; that is properly governed so as to enhance individual, local, regional, national, and international initiatives in data management and research; and that builds capacity across a network of linked data centers with common standards, practices, tools, and expertise. It will facilitate data discovery and description, enabling data to be shared across systems for upload, analysis, and visualization. It will support efficient, effective use of data, allowing Canada to better realize the benefits of our decades of investment in Arctic research.

Objective: (a) support Inuit self-determination; (b) enabling informed actions for managing decision-making around multiple issues; (c) support operational activities by making information from space-based technologies more accessible and usable for those charged with search and rescue; (d) ensuring safe transportation and protection of life, environment, and infrastructure in Canada's Arctic.


Socio-Cultural Economic Indicators

The long-term goals of Inuvialuit self-governance and self-direction require a foundation of good social, cultural, and economic data. It is easier to govern well with access to reliable information about topics such as housing, health, social needs, and economic preferences. To support these goals, ISCC are building institutions that will continually acquire, manage, and present regional data on these topics. The work includes forming partnerships with data-holding organizations, developing internal capacity---including policies, systems, and staff training---and cataloguing and making available the data we already have.

Objective: To support evidence-based decision-making in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region by ensuring the best quality social, cultural and economic data is available to decision-makers.


Inuvialuit Settlement Region Platform

Since 2013, the Beaufort Sea Partnership has been developing the Inuvialuit Settlement Region Platform in support of the Integrated Oceans Management Plan. This cloud-based platform provides a ‘one window’ approach to data storage, mapping, and application development which facilitates collaborative ISR decision making. Featuring tools for field data collection, custom base maps, analysis capabilities, print applications and over 400 spatial layers, the BSOP currently supports 32 BSP organizations including the Inuvialuit Land Administration, Wildlife Management Advisory Councils, Fisheries Joint Management Committee and the Joint Secretariat. This platform is administered solely by IRC, who aims to continually expand the site to meet user needs.

Objective: To improve communication and information sharing between Beaufort Sea Partners and provide a continually expanding platform for innovative research.


The Role of Genomics in Fostering and Supporting Arctic Biodiversity: Implications for Policy and Indigenous Food Security

Wildlife genome information is extremely valuable for environmental decision making, yet much remains unused for this purpose. Project activities and outcomes will support conservation, natural resource management, and the sustainability of Arctic food sources. Outcomes will also support Canada’s efforts to protect Arctic species and ensure northern food security. The project can serve as a model for mobilizing genomics in different regions of Canada and in other nations. Work will focus on reindeer/caribou and marine mammals.

Objective:  To co-develop a suite of genomics knowledge-mobilization tools that will support ‘evidence-based’ social and economic decision making.


Self Governing Indigenous Governments Data Toolkit

This federally funded project seeks to a) describe and b) improve the tools and techniques that Canadian self-governing Indigenous groups (SGIGs) are using to manage data. So far the project has produced an “environmental scan”---a survey of what SGIGs use data for. Moving forward they hope to make recommendations about how this can be done better and have asked IRC to provide advice on the process.

Objective: To be engaged and involved in this national-level effort, to use its products to support our own data management, and to benefit from any products they develop.


If you have any questions concerning these, or other research projects, please contact: 

Jenn Parrott

Director, Innovation, Science & Climate Change

107 Mackenzie Road

Bag Service #21

Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0


Tel: (867) 777-7053