Research by the North, for the North, in the North
Evidence-informed decision-making requires high quality research, highly trained and professional experts, and a focus on what really matters in a region. For Arctic Canada this means that science needs to be led by northerners and it should be based on northern knowledge and needs.
ArcticNet’s new North by North Program magnifies this urgent need to support northern research that is led by northern people.
Historically, research in Indigenous and northern regions has neglected the expertise, leadership and needs of communities in which some studies have taken place. Aligning with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)’s National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR), the North by North program advances Inuit governance in research, ensures Inuit inclusion and co-design, builds capacity through training and fellowships, and uses partnerships to strengthen the impact and effectiveness of Inuit Nunangat research for and led by Inuit.
Why North by North?
ArcticNet’s North by North programming addresses significant gaps in northern and Inuit participation in the research and innovation ecosystem.
North by North accomplishes this through 1) an Inuit-led program, known as the Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP) and 2) the Northern Research Leaders Program, which supports the appointment of research leaders at Yukon University, Aurora College and Nunavut Arctic College.
Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP):
Purpose: The Inuit-led, governed and directed program, works to fund Inuit-led research and knowledge holders to engage in studies that are relevant and prioritized for Inuit Nunangat.
Inuit-led research strengthens the ability for communities to address knowledge gaps that matter to them and to work with non-Inuit researchers as peers and colleagues.
Northern Research Leaders Program (College-led program):
Purpose: The Northern Research Leaders Program focuses on building research capacity at the northern post-secondary institutions.
Access to accredited university education in northern regions provides opportunities for high-quality post-secondary education for Inuit students, and opportunities for northerners with PhDs to return home and develop new research programs for future generations.