Quebec City, Canada:
The purpose of this meeting was to assess interest on the part of Canada
Inuit in an international survey of living conditions in the arctic.
Representatives of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Laborador Inuit
Association, Nunavik Regional Board or Health and Social Services, and the
Government of the Northwest Territories met with representatives of Universite
Laval, Statistics Canada, and the University of Alaska.
1. A steering committee will be set
up to manage the project, and is
to take the major decisions . The Canada Steering Committee is composed of
voting and non-voting members. Voting members will consist of one representative from each Canadian
region (Labrador, Nunavik, Nunavut, Inuvialuit), and one academic and liaison
with the international team. Non-voting members can be represented on a consultative basis
Statistics Canada, Bureau of Statistics of NWT, ITC, the US coordinator).
2. A technical committee will be set up, and it is responsible
for the implementation of the project.
3. Following the desire of the regional representatives, and given the
timetables involved and the openness of Statistics Canada, we will try to
combine the Canadian Living Conditions survey with the Aboriginal People Survey
(APS). Various formulas for cooperation are to be examined. A combined list of
items to be measured is to be discussed.
4. We must have clear decisions concerning access, ownership and uses of the
data at the beginning of the process.
Some actions to be taken:
discussed an initial list of concepts that could be measured (see Canada-Alaska
Topics). The regional representatives will send me back the list of items to be
measured, after appropriate consultations. I will conciliate these different
lists to get finally one single list. Then I will discuss this resulting list
with Thomas Andersen, the international coordinator, and others, in order to see
to what extend our Canadian list is acceptable for international purposes. We
keep in mind that each regions keep the possibility of "opting out",
concerning some sensitive variables within the list.
We try to arrange a meeting with those responsible for APS. I need from
the regional coordinators:
-a confirmation concerning your participation at such a
meeting at Ottawa.
-a confirmation concerning the capacity of your own
organisation to pay for your participation. If it is impossible, we will see
what is possible over here.
Following the results of these discussions with Statistics Canada, and
other discussions that I have to have with Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), we will adopt a
Whatever the funding sources to be decided upon, I will
then write a draft proposal. This document will be send to each member of the
Canadian Steering Committee for fine-tuning and approval. Each region will then
have to produce a letter of support.
List of participants
Beaudoin, Pierre, Universite Laval
Bushnick, Tracey, Statistics Canada
Comtois, Robert, Universite Laval
Conelly Rodger, Inuivialuit Regional Corporation
Cousins, Letia, Dalhousie University
Duhaime Gerard, Universite Laval
Hicks Jack, Government of Northwest Territories
Kruse, Jack, University of Alaska Anchorage and University
Lyall, Brian, Labrador Inuit Association
Robitaille, Jean, Universite Laval
Snarch, Brian, Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social
Veevers, Richard, Statistics Canada
All the best