Northern Research Leadership and Equity
The Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada
The North is home to many peoples—Indigenous and non-Indigenous—yet Arctic and Northern research has long been centred on Southern voices, needs, priorities, and institutions. As a result of longstanding Southern influences, numerous systemic challenges have gone unaddressed and continue to negatively impact Arctic and Northern research in Canada. Through the explicit elevation of Northern perspectives—in particular, Arctic and Northern Indigenous Peoples’ perspectives—the Expert Panel on the Future of Arctic and Northern Research in Canada sought to provide guidance on how to address these complex challenges and create a path forward for transformational change.
Northern Research Leadership and Equity sets out the elements required to create an inclusive, collaborative, effective, and world-class Arctic and Northern research system, as well the avenues through which those elements can be implemented.
A consortium of Arctic and northern research and science organizations from across Canada, led by ArcticNet (see full list below*).
Based on assessment of current knowledge and evidence, what are the key foundational elements to create an inclusive, collaborative, effective, and world-class Arctic and northern science system in Canada?
Greater inclusivity and collaboration in Arctic and Northern research will only be achieved through positive and ethical transformation. The Panel identified four key elements necessary for ensuring that Arctic and Northern research in Canada is inclusive, collaborative, and, most importantly, ethical, across all dimensions of the research system, including funding, infrastructure, data, and education.
The Panel notes that transformational change entails implementing and supporting the above elements. Avenues for transformational change represent the ways in which justice, cultural security, accessibility, and accountability can be actualized. The Panel identified two main avenues that can light the fire of sustained change in an ethical and equitable research system.