ITK looking to make it easier for organizations to share information across Inuit Nunangat
$4M to be directed toward plan involving social issues such as mental health, housing
Updated on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is working on ways to improve data sharing on issues like health care, housing and education throughout Inuit Nunangat.
In Ottawa last week, directors voted to support an agreement between ITK and regional organizations to collectively manage data gathered in the Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey, which is a population health survey of Inuit in Canada.
They also voted to allocate $4 million for an Inuit Data Strategy that will allow ITK, the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada and each of the four regions to develop regional strategies.
ITK president Natan Obed said better data capacity on a regional level will help guide decision-making in dealing with systemic social issues in Inuit Nunangat.
“We recognize the need to better utilize data to make decisions about the areas that are most affected, such as health and housing, education, mental health and suicide prevention,” Obed said.
“Better data protocols and processes lead to better decision-making in [these] areas because we have a better understanding.
“The national component of the data strategy seeks to bring together Inuit data, best utilize it and best protect it through ownership, control and access.”
Obed said ITK’s next steps in developing the data strategy include providing funding to regional organizations across Inuit Nunangat, and planning a national data conference.
Clarification: This article was updated from a previous version to reflect ITK president Natan Obed’s view that better data capacity will help with decision-making on social issues in Inuit Nunangat.