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Successful Canadian, Inuit and UK research teams announced for major new Arctic research program

Press Release

May 11, 2022

Today, 13 projects are announced for funding under the new Canada-Inuit Nunangat-United Kingdom Arctic Research Programme 2021-25.

The CINUK Programme partners and funders – Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), POLAR Knowledge Canada, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Parks Canada Agency, and Fonds de recherche du Québec – warmly welcome all the successful project teams.

The CINUK Programme aims to increase understanding of and address the environmental, social, economic, cultural and engineering/infrastructure impacts of climate change in the Canadian Arctic.

The research being conducted by the successful projects over the three years of the CINUK Programme covers a wide range of important areas, including shipping, wildlife health, country foods, ecosystem health, safe travel, search and rescue, renewable energy, community health, coastal erosion, plastics and pollution, and much more.

In welcoming the announcement of the successful project teams, representatives of the programme partners said:

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“I would like to congratulate the successful grant applicants and thank them for pursuing meaningful research in Inuit Nunangat,” said Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed. “Including Inuit as partners in the governance of Inuit Nunangat research is necessary for improving the efficacy, impact and usefulness of research activity taking place in our homeland. This program is a prime example of how that can be achieved through partnership co-development.”

Natan Obed

President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

“I am delighted to see the 13 exciting new projects, funded under this partnership with UK Research and Innovation, begin their work. The need to understand and respond to the deep and inter-linked impacts of climate change in the Arctic has never been greater.  We recognise and embrace the value and importance of doing so in genuine and mutually respectful and empowering partnership with Inuit researchers and communities. I look forward to seeing how the projects develop over the next three years and hearing the results of both their work and their partnerships.”

Professor Christopher Smith, International Champion, UK Research and Innovation & Executive Chair, Arts and Humanities Research Council

“We’re excited about these new projects and how they will evolve. Working with our Programme partners to support projects that are co-led by Inuit will help improve knowledge of northern ecosystems—and this is integral to the work we’re doing at POLAR to address the concerns raised by northern communities.”

Jennifer C. Hubbard

President & CEO, Polar Knowledge Canada

“The National Research Council of Canada is proud to support these collaborative research projects, focused on pressing issues affecting Arctic and Northern communities. Partially funded under our Arctic and Northern Challenge program, these projects were selected, based on Inuit and regional perspectives, to address key challenges in the North such as lung health, mitigation and adaptation to changing ground conditions, and renewable energy in off-grid cabins.”

Iain Stewart
President, National Research Council of Canada

“Developing our understanding of Inuit-led science and knowledge systems is key to addressing climate change in Inuit Nunangat. By supporting Indigenous leadership and self-determination, and Indigenous knowledge and knowledge systems, we are building a greener and more equitable future. Congratulations to the teams chosen and we look forward to collaborating.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“I am extremely proud of the FRQ contribution in the CINUK program which brought together a group of organizations preoccupied by the climate emergency and the impacts experienced by the Inuit communities. More than ever, the climate crisis demands strong and immediate action from all levels of decision-making and sectors of civil society. The scientific community is no exception. It must join forces to develop innovative, sustainable, and socially acceptable solutions to reduce the environmental impacts of climate changes. The 13 research projects co-developed by scientists and Inuit community representatives will have very concrete impacts and sow the seeds of hope that it is possible to change the course of things.”

Rémi Quirion

Chief Scientist of Québec

Notes to Editors:

  • Details of all the 13 successful projects can be found here: https://www.arctic.ac.uk/research/canada-inuit-nunangat-united-kingdom-arctic-research-programme-2021-2025-cinuk/
  • The research funded under the CINUK Programme focuses on changing Arctic ecosystems and the impacts to Inuit communities and beyond. It explores innovative and practical mitigation and adaptation mechanisms and technologies to enhance resilience to environmental change.
  • The total value of the combined funding available through the CINUK Programme is equivalent to £11.2m (GBP) or $18.2m (CAN). Funding is provided by UK Research and Innovation, Polar Knowledge Canada, National Research Council and Fonds de recherche du Québec. ‘In kind’ contributions are also being provided to many of the projects by the Canadian partners.
  • Details of the MOU announcement in May 2021 – https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/news/2021/05/united-kingdom-canada-inuit-nunangat-and-arctic-region-research-programmewill-support-inuit-self-determination-in-research.html
  • Announcement of the application process in June 2021 – https://frq.gouv.qc.ca/en/program/canada-inuit-nunangat-united-kingdom-arctic-research-programme/

Quick facts

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) is the national representational organization protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada. It developed the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR), which identifies areas for partnership and action that can strengthen the impact and effectiveness for Inuit of research in Inuit Nunangat (the Inuit homeland).

United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the government of the United Kingdom. This activity involves four of the councils of UKRI: The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) is a Government of Canada agency responsible for strengthening Canadian leadership in polar science and technology. It is headquartered at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) campus, which it operates, in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.

The National Research Council of Canada is Canada’s largest federal research and development organization. Its Arctic and Northern Challenge program will focus on four main research themes: housing, health, food and water.

Parks Canada Agency is responsible to ensure that Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and related heritage areas are protected and preserved for current and future generations.

Reporting to the Minister of the Economy and Innovation, the mission of the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) is to ensure the strategic and coherent development of Québec research and to support it financially, to support the training of the next generation of researchers, to establish the partnerships necessary to achieve their mission, and to promote and support knowledge mobilization. frq.gouv.qc.ca

Contacts

Further information/media contact:
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
[email protected]

UK Research and Innovation
Henry Burgess
[email protected]
0044 7590 461620

Polar Knowledge Canada
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 343-548-5456

Media Relations
National Research Council of Canada
613-991-1431
1-855-282-1637
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