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August 30, 2010 14:10 ET

Government of Canada Supports Research on Inuit Leadership and Governance

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2010) - Today, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the Government of Canada's support for a comprehensive six-year research and training project on Inuit leadership and governance. This project will for the first time create a recorded history of Canada's Inuit leadership and develop training for future Inuit leaders.

"Nunavummiut have demonstrated to Canadians across the country that Inuit culture is dynamic, strong and an important influence on Nunavut's governance," said Minister of State Goodyear. "This research will build a unique body of knowledge on Inuit language, society and leadership that will be invaluable to Inuit communities across Canada's North. As these communities move toward greater autonomy, this knowledge will help influence and inspire future Inuit leaders."

This project, led by Université Laval's Interuniversity Centre for Aboriginal Studies and Research and in partnership with researchers from universities and colleges across Canada, will receive $1 million over six years through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Community–University Research Alliances program. This funding brings communities and universities together in partnerships to build knowledge in areas affecting Canadians.

Led by Frédéric Laugrand from Université Laval, this new project will take a closer look at Inuit leadership and governance, adopting a multidisciplinary approach that combines anthropology, political science, law, education and linguistics. The project will not only build a context for training but also bring together academics, partners, Inuit and graduate students from Canadian universities with the goal of developing a common and comparative reflection on Inuit leadership and governance issues.

"This grant highlights the excellence of our country's talented researchers and recognizes the importance of fostering collaboration to keep Canada at the leading edge of research, development and innovation in the 21st century," said Chad Gaffield, President of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The Community–University Research Alliances grants support joint research projects between researchers based at post-secondary institutions and community-based organizations. The projects focus on a wide range of issues of importance to Canadians, such as community food security, Inuit leadership, employment innovations and the impact of co-operatives.

Each project enhances students' education and employability by providing them with opportunities to build their knowledge, expertise and work skills through hands-on research and related experience.

For the full list of Community–University Research Alliances grants, visit the Social Sciences and Humanties Research Council website (

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    Minister of State (Science and Technology)
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    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
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