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. We 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.