University of British Columbia delivers research and survey methods training to local youth
Arviat youth were back to class at the Arviat Community Learning Centre this summer.
This month, six Inuit youth took part in an introductory research and survey methods workshop delivered by UBC students Karina Czyzewski and Patricia Johnston. Czyzewski and Johnston are working with UBC professors Nathanael Lauster and Frank Tester on a three-year study of housing, routine and community in Arviat.
Arviat is a busy community in the summer. While school is out, universities and researchers, students and youth collaborate on a wide range of projects and field work.
Training was held at the Nunavut Arctic College Arviat Community Learning Centre and introduced students to research, ethics, interviewing and communication skills. They also learned about teamwork and how to work together as a group.
All six students successfully completed their course and are presently employed for the summer interviewing Elders, youth and community members.
The information gathered by students will be very useful and can contribute to making better houses and making a better community. Maybe new and different spaces are needed to meet our growing needs. Maybe people don’t have a routine. That makes working and going to school a problem. Maybe something can be done about this.
The results of this research can help in housing design, community planning, social and recreational services and understanding the problems Inuit might have getting to work or school, keeping a routine and doing the things that give the most happiness and help Inuit to ‘feel at home’.
We thank the University of British Columbia School of Social Work and Department of Psychology, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Nunavut Research Institute and Nunavut Arctic College Community Programs for supporting youth engagement in science and research this summer.
Author: Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell is one of the co-founders of the Arviat Film Society and Arviat Television. He has worked in public affairs, communications and media for more than two decades. He can often be found supporting cross-cultural, participatory action knowledge mobilization and community-based research with Inuit and Indigenous youth.