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Awards recognize Arctic research

Some members of the NRC team and staff of Makivik’s Department of Environment, Wildlife and Research pose for a photo after receiving the 2018 Northern Science Award in Ottawa in December. M. Donat Savoie C.Q, far right, nominated the Centre for the prestigious award. © Makivik

The Nunavik Research Centre (NRC) is the recipient of the 2018 Northern Science Award, recognizing its significant contribution to knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North.

For over 40 years the NRC in Kuujjuaq has been conducting community-based science that serves the needs of Inuit. Envisioned, created, and owned by Inuit through the Makivik Corporation, the Centre has been at the forefront of developing research methodologies that incorporate scientific and Indigenous knowledge and is respected locally and internationally for its work. Environmental projects include monitoring fish, marine mammals, water fowl, and caribou for contaminants and heavy metals.

Peter May (centre) of kuujjuaq’s Nunavik Research Centre receives the 2018 Inuit Tapiriit kanatami Inuit Recognition Award at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting’s Gala on December 13. Makivik’s Department of Environment, Wildlife and Research President Adamie Delisle Alaku and Nunavik Research Centre Director Dr. Ellen Avard presented the award. © ArcticNet

The Award includes a $10,000 prize and the Centenary Medal, which commemorates the first International Polar Year (1882-83).

Peter May of the NRC has also been awarded the 2018 Inuit Recognition Award from Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. May celebrated 35 years with the NRC last September. The award recognizes Inuit who are making strong efforts towards meaningful Inuit involvement in Arctic research.