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 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.
We recognized opening up and sharing on personal journeys could be emotionally difficult, so we put together a list of support resources available across Canada. The list of support resources can be found here.
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. 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!
This interactive conversation was originally proposed in the context of the Arctic Change 2020 conference and its Annual Scientific 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 site. Contributors and participants are encouraged to share and link to this content whenever it’s relevant in their personal and professional journeys. These short films were presented during the Arctic Change 2020 (Canada) and Arctic Science Summit 2021 conferences (Portugal), which took place entirely online.
Submissions and content continue to be curated and hosted on platforms including the ArcticNet web site, our Inclusion in Northern Research web site and our Inclusion in Northern Research channel on isuma.tv. These materials will also be used to guide ArcticNet and its partners in establishing guidelines and recommendations for equity, diversity and inclusion, and to lift barriers within our community.
Conferences, Workshops and Events 2021-2022
The Inclusion in Northern Research project continues to expand as its conversations at conferences, events and workshops across Canada, the United States and Europe.
Arctic Change 2020: Vox Pops in Northern Inclusion
Arctic Change 2020 brought together more than 1,500 leading Arctic researchers, Northern community representatives, graduate students, government and industry partners along with stakeholders from all fields. Arctic Change 2020 was one of the largest trans-sectoral international Arctic research conferences ever held in Canada a first for delivery using an all-online format. We thank ArcticNet and the Arctic Change 2020 organizers for including us, and for their support.
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. We asked youth, Elders and researchers to record short videos answering questions about inclusion. Over a period of six months, dozens of people from across Northern and Southern Canada took part.
Arctic Science Summit Week 2021: The Arctic: Regional Changes, Global Impacts
Arctic Science Summit Week 2021 was hosted virtually from Lisbon, Portugal, March 19, 2021.
After its highly-successful introductory run for Arctic Change 2020, a new session titled “Towards an Inclusive Arctic Research Community” was held in partnership with Cardiff University and the UK British Antarctic Survey, the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) and the University of Alberta.
ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings 2021
ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings for 2021 will be hosted virtually from Toronto, Ontario in December, 2021.
Arctic Science Summit Week 2022 and the 6th Arctic Observing Summit: Tromsø, Norway
Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) is organized annually by the IASC to provide opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research. It was initiated by the IASC in 1999 and has evolved into one of the most important annual gatherings of Arctic research organizations.
A joint Canada-UK proposal for a Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences Crosscutting Workshop during Arctic Science Summit Week 2022 has been awarded a total of 12,381 Euros from the IASC Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Marine, Social & Human, and Terrestrial Working Groups.
Organized by the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and co-hosted by UiT The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Polar Institute, and the Research Council of Norway, Arctic Science Summit Week 2022 will take place from 26-32 March, 2022 in Tromsø, Norway.
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