Ethical Research Training Fund


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Cultural awareness and ethical conduct are integral parts of northern research training. All ArcticNet funded researchers who work with Indigenous partners and travel north for their fieldwork are invited to take training sessions on Indigenous awareness and ethical research. This fund covers up to 200$ per person per course to cover the registration fee of online Indigenous awareness and ethical research courses.


Eligible Applicants

All ArcticNet Network Investigators (NIs) and Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) are eligible.

Eligible Training

Examples of eligible training courses are listed below. ArcticNet is always looking to expand our list training opportunities, please let us know if you are aware of any courses that should be added:

Application Process

  1.   Applicants and supervisor must fill out the ArcticNet Training Fund Application Form.
  2.   Send completed application form and reference form to Christine Demers (

Payment and Reporting

Awardees will cover their registration fee upfront and ArcticNet shall reimburse the awardee by means of an electronic transfer after completion of the course and upon reception of these documents:

  • Scanned copy of receipt;
  • Scanned copy of certificate or confirmation from the instructor confirming the course was completed;
  • A one-page report (free form) on how the training experience contributed to the applicant’s research and career plan;
  • A completed Direct Deposit form (will be included in confirmation e-mail) or void cheque. Note that Interac e-transfers are not available.

All documents listed above are to be sent to



  1.   Indigenous Cultures and Realities: A Historical Perspective (2.5 hours)
  2.   Various Aspects of Collaborative Research and Bridging Indigenous with Scientific Knowledge (2.5 hours)
  3.   Principles of Research in Indigenous Context: Stepping Stones to Establish Ethical Collaborations (2.5 hours)

Region: Non specific – includes Inuit and Indigenous cultures across Canada

Accreditation: Yes

Cost: $150 per person 10% discount for registering a group of 5-9 participants 20% discount for registering a group of minimum of 10 participants

McMaster University

Course: Community-Engaged Research, Instructor: Dr. Gita Ljubicic

Region: Inuit Nunangat. This course is focused on working with Inuit communities, but can be tailored to those interested in working with other Indigenous communities in Canada.

Cost: Equivalent to graduate course registration cost at McMaster, or the student’s home university.

Contact for permission to register (max 6 students) NB Alternative formats and timelines of this course can also be tailored to meet individual or small group needs through focused meetings or workshops. Contact Gita if this is more appropriate for your needs.

Indigenous Awareness Canada

Course: 201 Indigenous Awareness Certification; takes about 4 to 8 hours to complete

Region: non-specific

Description: This comprehensive and information-rich course offers important foundational knowledge, background, and context. This training is recognized and recommended by Indigenous groups and leaders, which is fundamental to meeting corporate obligations and training requirements in support of programs like the CCAB (Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business) PAR initiative or the Government of Canada’s directives to all Canadians on adopting the Recommendations of the TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Commission)

Accreditation: Yes

Cost: $128

Indigenous Corporate Training inc.


  1.   Indigenous Awareness (3 hours duration)
  2.   Indigenous Relations (3 hours duration)

Region: non-specific

Description: Foundational courses for those looking for some understanding of history, culture, and relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Understanding history as a key piece of intercultural communications to help avoid misunderstandings. Truth and Reconciliation Calls-to-Action friendly. How Indigenous and western world views impact decision-making

Accreditation: Yes

Cost: Ranging from $65 – $150 depending on course

Université Laval, CIÉRA

Courses: Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures; 7 weeks (4hr/week of work required)

  1.   English course: Fall semester (registration period will be updated on site)
  2.   French course: Spring semester (registration period now open)

Region: Northern Québec

Description: A 7-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from CIERA explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. This course offers an introduction to sociopolitical issues of Northern Quebec that is the ancestral territory of many Aboriginal peoples and focuses on the understanding of northern community cultures, the place of these lands in our collective psyche, and the different perspectives of territorial development and sociopolitical evolution. This course is for anyone who has an interest in Northern Quebec and who wishes to learn about this territory, its history, societies and challenges.

Accreditation: No

Cost: Free MOOC training opportunity

University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies

Course: Indigenous Canada; 12 weeks – 2-3 hours/week (approx. 21 hours)

Description: A 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

Accreditation: No

Cost: Free MOOC training opportunity




Institut Ashukun​

Course: Mieux comprendre les réalités autochtones; 5 modules, 40-105 minutes.

French version available, English version coming soon.

Description: ASHUKAN vous propose des formations professionnelles sur de nombreuses thématiques en lien avec les Premiers Peuples vivant au Québec, en Ontario et dans les maritimes. L’approche vise à saisir autrement les enjeux historiques, politiques et sociaux, de façon à mieux comprendre les perspectives autochtones.

Accreditation: No

Cost: $79.33/month, with a free trial available

First Nations Information Governance Centre

Course: The Fundamentals of OCAP ® (online course)

Region: non specific

Description: Are you interacting or plan to interact with First Nations data or information, or any systems related to the collection, use, or storage of First Nations data? This includes data from First Nations – including languages, cultures, knowledge, stories, songs, ceremonies; data about First Nations – such as demographics, housing, health, economies, labor, education, and data on or about First Nations lands and resources, including waters, medicines, and animals. If so, then this course is for you.

This unique online learning opportunity introduces the First Nations principles of OCAP® – ownership, control, access, and possession of First Nations data by First Nations. Working with First Nations thought leaders and artists, subject matter experts, and online education professionals, FNIGC is proud to offer this online course that explores First Nations self-determination, self-governance, and collective rights to data sovereignty through the framework of OCAP®.

Includes 6 modules of approximately 30-50 minutes each plus a course introduction. There are interactive elements and knowledge checks throughout the course, and a final assessment in Module 6 (learn more here)

Cost: $500 per person


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