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We must go from Inuit exclusion to self-determination in research

By Natan Obed      

Inuit are one of the most researched peoples in the world. Yet colonial approaches to research, in which our role is imagined as being marginal and of little value, remain commonplace. That needs to change.

There has never been an Inuk who has sat on any of the governing bodies of the three federal research funding agencies. This exclusion is unacceptable, writes Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Inuit are one of the most researched peoples in the world. We are also one of the fastest-growing populations, yet the number of peer-reviewed publications and dissertations that focus on Inuit and Inuit Nunangat, the Inuit homeland, has outpaced the rate of our population growth by a wide margin. In 1996 there was one publication or dissertation for every seven Inuit. In 2011, there was one for every three Inuit.

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