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Recommendations

Recommendations:

Goal: ArcticNet Funded Research is Inclusive and Environments are Safe

  • Acknowledge and address personal safety and discriminatory challenges faced by women, 2SLGBTQ+, racialized and Indigenous People and people living with disabilities in field, laboratory and international research.
  • Publicly acknowledge and admonish sexism, racism, ableism and anti-2SLGBTQ+ sentiment in field work and Arctic research.
  • Hold local, national and international partners to the same standards.
  • Establish an independent reporting mechanism for fieldwork and research activities incidents with ArcticNet partners.
  • Review official communications channels and events to ensure these platforms are not celebrating research groups that do not uphold these values.
  • Review existing policies around negative experiences that put the victim’s wellbeing above organizational reputation or the pursuit of scientific excellence. Work directly in a timely manner with communities when negative experiences arise.
  • Review any complaints for repeated behaviour. Review Code of Conduct for events and take the necessary steps to address this issue.
  • Be accountable.

Goal: ArcticNet Supports Work Life Balance in Research

  • Review policies, research criteria, conference organization, and funding opportunities to ensure they are inclusive for parents and those with care obligations.
  • Ensure opportunities are accessible to those needing to supplement income or care for families.
  • Survey for best practices and flexible solutions.
  • Create incentives and awards that support work/life balance, perseverance and non-linear career paths.
  • Create space for discussing and addressing EDI work at all committee, governance meetings and events.
  • Support and celebrate different pathways in academia and research.
  • Review one size fit all competitive criteria that favours those without financial or family obligations such as publication rates and international engagements.
  • Collectively reflect on the meaning of research excellence.

Goal: Creating and Supporting Culturally Safe Research Environments

  • Continue to formally acknowledge the impacts of colonialism and ArcticNet’s responsibility to work respectfully and in harmony with Northern communities and continue to acknowledge the privilege for having access to these waters and territories to conduct research.
  • Implement incentives and criteria that promote completing training on EDI topics and on Canada’s colonial history and its impact on Canada’s Northern Communities for ArcticNet’s dominant groups.
  • Design culturally safe spaces for Inuit, Métis, First Nations and racialized ArcticNet members to understand their specific experiences.
  • Create more space for diverse perspectives on panels, committees, presentations and communications channels.
  • Continue to celebrate diverse cultures and communities across Canada’s northern communities.
  • Using Inuktitut on ArcticNet’s website, and images of Northern peoples benefited ArcticNet’s reputation but not the people of the North. In appreciation of access to Northern territories, co-design with Northern partners an advocacy program that directly addresses some of the challenges and amplify the successes specific to Northern communities.
  • Create opportunities for cultural mentorship.
  • Ensure criteria to promote gender equality does not come at the expense of Indigenous peoples and Northern people’s representation.
  • Be visibly active allies for Canada’s Northern peoples.
  • Repair by tangible actions, not empty words.

Goal: Improving Diverse Representation and Visibility

  • Create succession plans for ArcticNet leadership that will appropriately represent Northern communities within the decision making apparatus of the network.
  • Actively sponsor diverse candidates, and ensure selection criteria and candidate selection have equity frameworks to mitigate bias.
  • Continue to appropriately represent gender diversity but with a focus on representation of racialized women, acknowledging that they are often overburden by those tasks. Value and remunerate those contributions.
  • Review selection criteria for bias, and ensure they do not exclude specific groups.
  • Complete a formal evaluation of selection of awards and candidate selection process for bias.
  • Ensure activities are overseen by those with cultural knowledge and EDI expertise.
  • Support Indigenous and Northern peoples’ business wherever possible.
  • Develop an inclusive communications strategy which amplify a broad diversity of voices from within the network.

Goal: Support Research that is Designed by the North for the North

  • Build equitable criteria for all Northern communities to engage with ArcticNet and research teams regardless of size or existence of regional governments.
  • Create incentives and awards for research projects that are co-designed with Northern communities, embrace traditional knowledge with respect and answer science questions that are valuable to Northern communities. Develop incentives that increase the merit of research that serves the North.
  • Celebrate and grow North by North initiatives.
  • Host events when possible in the North, continue to explore novel ways to support interaction and networking with Northerners.
  • Ensure criteria for gender balance on research teams does not inadvertently exclude racialized, Inuit, First Nations, Métis and Northern scholars’ participation.
  • Create specific networking and research work opportunities for Northern youth.
  • Continue to support groups, initiatives and organisations which promote inclusion in northern research (i.e. Polar Pride, Polar Impact, Arviat Film Society).