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2. Please list up to five of the most important knowledge gaps in Canada's North that Polar Knowledge Canada can help to address in its next 5-year research plan for 2020 to 2025 through investments in natural, social and/or health sciences research.

Health
Increase focus on medicine and medicinal food research: identify which factors are limiting preventing Inuit access to traditional foods and medicine and identify effective counteraction to these factors. This is the most important for 3 reasons:

Social

3. Please list up to five priority needs or gaps that you think are important in developing, testing or mobilizing technologies for use in Canada's North that you think Polar Knowledge Canada can help to address in its next 5-year research plan for 2020 to 2025.

4. Please list up to five of the most important knowledge gaps in Canada's North that you think community-based research and/or monitoring could help to address.

5. Please list up to five of what you think are the most important ways in which Polar Knowledge Canada can strengthen community-led research and/or monitoring in Canada's North.

6. Please list up to five priority issues in Canada's North that you think Indigenous knowledge can help to address.

7. What do you think Polar Knowledge Canada can do better to support the documentation, archiving and sharing (when appropriate) of Indigenous knowledge?

8. How can Polar Knowledge Canada better support and assist in removing barriers that may limit the full and respectful recognition of Indigenous knowledge as a valid way of knowing?

9. What do you think Polar Knowledge Canada can do to improve awareness among researchers of knowledge gaps that northern communities, organizations, governments and other decision-makers have identified as important?

Create a centralized database which all can refer to and can be updated with accountable information. This will support the following identified knowledge gaps:

The connection to the community brings awareness of these knowledge gaps, and also the information needed to close those gaps. Therefore a forum of knowledge from community members is essential.

10. What do you think are the most effective or innovative tools or approaches to share findings gained from research and/or Indigenous knowledge and ensure it is used in decision-making?

11. What do you think Polar Knowledge Canada can do to better encourage and support interest among elementary, middle school and high school students in science, technology, and engineering and related career opportunities?

By involving students as part of the community database project, their participation will familiarize them with scientific methods and be motivated by their passion for Indigenous lifestyle and health.
A foundation in molecular biology will:

12. What do you think Polar Knowledge Canada can do to strengthen support for students interested in pursuing a career as a polar researcher, technology developer, technician or other research support function?

Increase accessibility to information and awareness that this knowledge exists:

13. What do you think Polar Knowledge Canada can do to better encourage and support the involvement and leadership of Indigenous and northern-based individuals, groups, organizations and communities in all stages of the research process?

14. Please list up to five of what you think are the most important ways in which Polar Knowledge Canada can strengthen support for Canadians to begin and sustain their involvement in Antarctic research.

Polar can utilize Indigenous knowledge and way of life to increase an understanding of biochemical reactions necessary to life in extreme cold weather conditions to make it easier to cope in the following areas:

Both these areas can be supported by a centralized database of Indigenous knowledge. The database will be a tool to researchers in any cold climate, specifically the above information on how to thrive in such conditions.

15. Please briefly describe any barriers that you have experienced that have limited opportunities for Canadian collaboration with international researchers.

16. What do you think Polar Knowledge Canada can do to strengthen Canadian collaboration with international researchers?

17. What would you like to see Polar Knowledge Canada achieve 10 years from now? Please list up to 5 potential accomplishments.

18. Do you have any additional comments or feedback? If so, please provide it here.

Update RDA: as sgguested by NIH, vit D should be raised to 8,000 IUs a day, and selenium, and public should be educated about natural high sources available to them.

Social impacts: the database project would help preserve Indigenous language, and help teach language to other Indigenous communities.
language database AI will ease current demand on resources such as finance and labour. example: database AI will be a resource to both teachers and students. serving as a tool or platform for translation and related services.
Internet access and the database AI project will encourage community activity involvement and discussion, with activity being critical to youth health and safety.

Optional answer:

- Indigenous medicine should be available as an option for all
- Indigenous people should have free access to an online database system to store and share data and knowledge.
- Make an effort to put all indigenous knowledge online in one place, accessible and accountable by all Canadians, with submitted information publicly accountable.
- Change policy to make available preventative medicines and food, including all those of indigenous origin. These medicines should be available and in stock at public centres: hospitals, community centers, schools. An example is Chef Rebecca Veevee's leadership in the "Serving Country Food in Government-Funded Facilities and Community Program" - this program has potential to be extended throughout indigenous territories.

Refs:
Lipinski 2015: http://www.journalrepository.org/media/journals/BJMMR_12/2014/Dec/Lipinski632014BJMMR14858.pdf
Nunavut TB: http://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/65674food_vitamins_could_help_curb_tb_in_nunavut_researcher/
Bhullar, K.S. (2017). Nutritional Intervention for Active Tuberculosis: Relevance to Nunavut Tuberculosis Control and Elimination Program. Journal of Pharmacology Reports, 2:1.

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