The Arctic Institute of Community-Based Research (AICBR) is a unique Northern non-profit organization that works to bring together multiple groups and sectors on issues that are identified by and relevant to our partners. Our current priorities include food security and food sovereignty, healthy lifestyles, youth engagement and mental health, and climate change adaptation. We work with northern Indigenous communities, Non-Governmental Organizations, governments (Indigenous, municipal, territorial, and federal), academics, graduate students, research organizations, and the private sector. Our approach prioritizes the principles of community-based research, youth engagement, collective impact, partnership development, community capacity building, knowledge sharing, intersectoral collaboration, and evaluation.
AICBR was co-founded in February 2007 by Norma Kassi, a Vuntut Gwitchin citizen from Old Crow, Yukon and longtime Northerner, Jody Butler Walker. The organization was originally established as part of a tri-territorial health research network (Arctic Health Research Network) linking the northern regions of Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut to develop health research capacity in the North. They were called the Arctic Health Research Network-Yukon. Over the years, each territorial organization has evolved to be responsive to territorial-specific health research priorities and remain in contact on issues of common interest.
Exploring Climate Change in My Community: Assessing Opportunities for Action -Youth Climate Change Community Assessment Toolkit (2018)
Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program Summary Reports Health Canada’s Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program funded 95 community-based adaptation research projects across Canada. These projects have been compiled into two summary reports: 2008-2011 and 2012-2016.
Final Summary Report 2008-2011
Final Summary Report 2012-2016 - coming soon!
Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Climate Change Reporting 2017
This article examines how newspapers reporting on climate change have covered and framed Indigenous peoples. Focusing on eight newspapers in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand, we examine articles published from 1995 to 2015, and analyze them using content and framing analyses. The impacts of climate change are portrayed as having severe ecological, sociocultural, and health/safety impacts for Indigenous peoples, who are often framed as victims and "harbingers" of climate change.
Health Canada - Climate Change Health Adaptation Program -Synthesis Report and Impact Analysis
This report explores what CCHAP funding enabled Northern communities to achieve. It explains the features of the program that were most helpful to communities’ research and adaptation goals. It also demonstrates that several communities in Northern Canada have developed significant expertise in research management, research design and interpretation of results – as well as advanced capacity for communicating results using streaming, video, radio and documentary films.