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.
However, our members also overcame 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 continue to address these barriers and find ways to collectively amplify those voices, to make our community inclusive to all who are involved in Northern research.
Inclusion in Northern Research was a trans-disciplinary, international, cross-cultural, community-driven, participatory exploration of what it means to feel included as a member of the northern sciences and research communities.
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 prepared short films showcasing different journeys from members of our community.
The Inclusion in Northern Research Project was developed through the course of these past two years and premiered at the ArcticNet Arctic Change 2020 virtual meetings. Our initiative began with the creation of videos highlighting the varied journeys of our colleagues, and grew into an online discussion that included over 1000 people in more than 40 countries, starting important conversations about inclusion in our research community in a safe and open space.
The Inclusion in Northern Research project in its first year generated more than 150,000 impressions and engaged researchers, artists and academics across more than 290 cities in 42 countries around the world!
Join the Inclusion in Northern Research teams for an exciting series of events during this year’s 2021 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings! Click here for more information.