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.
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 the #InclusionNorthernResearch initiative, our goals were 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 prepared short films showcasing different journeys from members of our community.
2020 Arctic Change Northern Inclusion Vox-Pops
We asked youth and researchers to record 30-second videos to questions about inclusion. Over a period of six months, dozens of people from across Northern and Southern Canada took part.
This interactive conversation was proposed in the context of the Arctic Change 2020 meetings. With the challenges associated with social distancing during the COVID-19 epidemic, and our collective rallying to the #BlackLivesMatter and #IndigenousLivesMatter movements, we felt it was important, more than ever, to also come together and uplift members of our community.
All contributors were recognized 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.
These submissions were edited into short films presenting the diversity of journeys in Northern research. Northerners who shared their story were offered financial compensation of 50$, sent electronically via the Arviat Film Society and Arctic Buying Company.
We recognized opening up and sharing on personal journeys may be emotionally difficult: offering counselling and support to individuals who shared their stories.
These short films were presented during the Arctic Change 2020 conference, which is happened entirely online. Videos are available through ArcticNet’s website and on the Inclusion in Northern Research channel on Isuma.tv. These films will be used to guide ArcticNet in establishing guidelines and recommendations for equity, diversity and inclusion, and to lift barriers within our community.
Submissions and content will continue to 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 isuma.tv.
This project is not research and will not result in any scientific analysis or publication: our goal is to amplify voices and find ways to do better as a community.