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 these reasons, ArcticNet strongly recommends that all scientists funded by the Network who work with Indigenous partners and travel to the North for their fieldwork, take the time to follow training sessions on Indigenous Awareness and ethical research. You will find below a selection of training opportunities; certain courses charge a registration fee and offer certification, while others are free online courses. If you choose to participate in a course that charges a registration fee, this training fund offers up to 200$ per person per course. Please refer to the Payment section for details on the reimbursement process. This fund has a fixed budget, so it is on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Eligibility and Application Process

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

  2. Applicant(s) and supervisor must fill out the Training Fund application form (NB it is possible to include members of the same laboratory on a single application).

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

  4. A confirmation email will be sent to applicants confirming the award.

Payments 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


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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