Inclusion in Northern Research

Our community of Northern research is diverse: it includes people from the North and the South, involves workers and scientists from communities, government and academia as well as stakeholders and knowledge-holders from across the Arctic Circle. Many different journeys led our members to where they are today, contributing to the richness of our community.

Isuma.TV’s Zacharias Kunuk mentors youth from the Arviat TV in Arviat, Nunavut.

However, our members have also overcome many barriers along the roads they took to become involved in Northern research. Our community faces many systemic hurdles that we cannot ignore: among these (but not limited to) the historical use of science as a tool for colonialism and the lack of diversity within academia. We must address these barriers and find ways to collectively lift them, to make our community inclusive to all who are involved in Northern research.

We must address these barriers and find ways to collectively amplify those voices, to make our community inclusive to all who are involved in Northern research.

For this #InclusionNorthernResearch initiative, our goals are to:

  • Hear the diverse voices within our community on their experiences;
  • Celebrate the diversity enriching our research community;
  • Identify obstacles and barriers with an intersectional approach;
  • Lift these barriers as a community;
  • Promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for our community;
  • Do better

In partnership with Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, students and youth from northern and southern Canada, we are preparing short films showcasing different journeys from members of our community.


If you would like to share your journey, please click here, where you’ll be invited to record 30 second videos to respond to some questions. You can respond to one, a few or all questions. Voice-only submissions are also welcome! If you wish to contribute anonymously, written responses are also welcome, and will be read and recorded by Indigenous youth.

We recognize opening up and sharing on personal journeys may be emotionally difficult so we have put together a list of support resources from across Canada here.

If you or someone you know is interested in making a submission but are unsure how to do it, our team will be more than happy to help facilitate your submission. Contact us for assistance!

How will this be used

Diverse plants, diversity in botany, by Paul Sokoloff, Canadian Museum of Nature

This interactive conversation is proposed in the context of the Arctic Change 2020 meeting. With the challenges associated with social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic, and our collective rallying to the #BlackLivesMatter and #IndigenousLivesMatter movements, we feel it is important now, more than ever, to come together and uplift members of our community.

Submissions and content will be curated and hosted on the Arctic Change 2020 web site, our project website and other northern platforms such as our Inclusion in Northern Research channel on

We will recognise all contributors through film credits and the project web page. All contributors are welcome to share and link to this content whenever its relevant in their personal and professional journeys.