Ikaarvik: Barriers to Bridges

Ikaarvik is the Inuktitut word for bridge and is the intention of the Barriers to Bridges program that Ikaarvik operates. Ikaarvik aims to build bridges between research communities and northern communities by promoting youth involvement in research. Ikaarvik gives youth the opportunities, confidence, and experience to explore how Inuit Knowledge and science can be combined to address northern issues. The program empowers youth to work with their communities in identifying local research priorities and to build relationships with researchers, government, and industry to address those priorities. By focusing on youth, Ikaarvik is ensuring that future Inuit leaders will be familiar and comfortable with both Inuit Knowledge and scientific research processes, thus enabling Inuit to have a strong voice in determining research priorities in their communities across the North.

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