Louisa Jeannie Thomassie
(Biographie) As an Nunavik Inuit Research Advisor (IRA) my first step in a more coordinated approach to community involvement and coordination of Arctic science in Nunavik. The IRA position is housed within the Renewable Resources Department of the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) and works closely with the Nunavik Nutrition Health Committee (NNHC) and the Makivik Research Center. The objective of the IRA position in Nunavik is to help facilitate research both at the program level, assisting researchers from the Northern Contaminants Program (NCP), ArcticNet and Nasivvik, as well as preparing communities in advance of research. Together, with IRAs in the other Inuit regions of Canada, the Nunavik IRA works towards achieving a new way of knowledge sharing and engagement of Inuit in Arctic science and research. In addition to NCP support, the Nunavik IRA position is co-funded by ArcticNet and the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments.