Notes from the field: An open house, community supper, and student day in Rigolet

At the end of January, sickness IK-ADAPT Masters students Joanna Petrasek MacDonald, stuff Kaitlyn Finner, cheap and Allan Gordon and co-investigators Dr. Sherilee Harper and Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox were all in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, to share results from the IK-ADAPT project with community members and participants. Dissemination activities took place over the span of three days and three different events: an Open House, a Community Supper, and a Student Day at the school. Rigolet has become a leader in initiating and partnering on various research projects to meet community priorities, and results were also shared from the Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change project and Inuit Mental Health Adaptation to Climate Change project. The three dissemination events for all three projects were very successful, with a great turn out and positive feedback. Below are some pictures and a short description from each event.

OPEN HOUSE: An Open House was hosted on January 29th 2014 to discuss the main themes of the projects (i.e., stomach illness, food, water, mental health and wellness, and youth resilience).  This event involved interactive stations for each project to share findings with community members, as well as creating new knowledge through opportunities for feedback and participation of community members.

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COMMUNITY SUPPER: On Thursday the team hosted a community soup supper as a thank you to community members for all their support and participation in the recent research projects. The supper consisted of various types of delicious soups and stews all made by community members.

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STUDENT DAY: Finally, on Friday the team spent most of the day at the Northern Lights Academy with the students of Rigolet. Students in Gr. 7-12 did audio interviews with adults from the community on topics related to the IK-ADAPT, IHACC, and IMHACC projects, which are slated to air on the local radio. Students in Gr. 4-6 also got a chance to learn about and experiment with water quality testing. Finally, as a thank you to the students, the team hosted a pizza party that was a huge hit!

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All in all, it was a highly successful three days of results sharing, celebration, and fun. Thank you to everyone involved!

Top image: The research team in Rigolet (Top row from left: Dr. Sherilee Harper, Inez Shiwak, Joanna Petrasek McDonald, Kaitlyn Finner, Kate Bishop Williams. Bottom row: Dr. Victoria Edge, Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Allan Gordon)