Training Fund to Support Ethical Research in the North and Opportunities

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As a funder of northern research, ArcticNet provides specialized training to generate experts who are adept at working in diverse environmental and cultural settings. An integral part of the training for northern scientists must include an awareness of northern cultures and the conduct of research in an ethical way. Scientists must prepare for interactions with northern communities and must learn how to appropriately and ethically interact with diverse peoples, and most importantly, how to respectfully conduct workshops and consultations in the North with Inuit, First Nations and Métis.


For all scientists preparing to work with Indigenous partners and to travel to the North, we strongly encourage you to follow training sessions on Indigenous Awareness and ethical research. Below are some examples of courses offered to scientists. Some courses charge fees and certification, while others are free, online courses. If you choose to follow courses with associated fees, ArcticNet will reimburse up to 200$ per person per course. ArcticNet NIs and HQP are eligible. This fund has a fixed budget, so it is on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Application Process

  1. Applicant(s) and their supervisor must fill out the Training Fund application form:

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  2. Completed application forms must be emailed to Christine Demers at the ArcticNet Administration Centre.


Payment will be transferred to participating universities under the name of the HQP's supervisor / ArcticNet NI.

  • After their training, HQP and NIs must submit a claim to their university. ArcticNet requires a scanned copy of the receipt of payment, and a certificate or confirmation from the instructor confirming the course was completed. Completed application forms must be sent to Christine Demers at the ArcticNet Administration Centre (

  • The reimbursement is issued after the training is completed and after we have received a copy of the certificate or confirmation. The amount is based on the actual costs as stated on the claim with a maximum of 200$ per ArcticNet member.

  • A complete financial statement in accordance to NSERC rules is required at the end of the fiscal year.



All participants are asked to produce a short report on their training experience, in the form of a one-page document (free form) describing the training experience and how it contributed to their research and career plan. Please submit this to


Examples of Indigenous Awareness Training Opportunities

** if you are aware of other training opportunities which are not listed below, please contact us and we will add them:  Click on « e-Learning » tab. Click on « Signup » (top right) to register, thereby giving you access to a variety of free, online courses. (with certification options)  

For Erebia Services, groups can be organized by contacting your ArcticNet Student Association and the following training sessions can be provided:

  1. Indigenous Cultures and Realities: A Historical Perspective

  2. Various Aspects of Collaborative Research and Bridging Indigenous with Scientific Knowledge

  3. Principles of Research in Indigenous Context: Stepping Stones to Establish Ethical Collaborations

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