Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) operates out of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS) Campus in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. The CHARS Campus is located directly within a community in Inuit Nunangat. The location of the CHARS Campus provides a unique opportunity for an arctic research station to positively change how research is conducted in the arctic.
Polar Knowledge Canada recognizes the respectful inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge and the people who have this knowledge are fundamentally important to the co-creation of new knowledge. Specific elements of Indigenous Knowledge have relevant, unique contributions to make to our multi-disciplinary, cross-cutting knowledge creation efforts. The CHARS campus is a place where this inclusion can happen.
POLAR fosters co-development of research: from choosing the topic to be researched, to the study design, to the data collection, analysis and knowledge mobilization. In this respect, POLAR works to respectfully and meaningfully include Inuit within all aspects of its agency. Inuit play a vital role in supporting arctic knowledge and research at the CHARS Campus. Within POLAR, you will find Inuit in various roles throughout the agency.