ReCreating Environments of Inclusion: Inclusion in Northern Research 2021

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Inclusion in Northern Research is back for another iteration. This year’s theme, ReCreating Environments of Inclusion: Northern Research launched during the 2021 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meetings held December 6-9, 2021. This was our very first formal event for our Winnipeg-based incubator for digital and cultural entrepreneurship.

Recreating Environments of Inclusion: Northern Research is a unique, evolving audio visual series featuring the Inclusion in Northern Research knowledge exchange community; and debuts an equity and inclusion toolkit with tangible actions for research and impact creation communities, and their emerging, collaborative partnerships.

Recreating Environments of Inclusion: Northern Research is an original transformation design creation from the ongoing Recreators series by LembasWorks. This year’s conversations saw Northern and Southern scientists, researchers, cultural impact creators and community builders outline experiential challenges and bridge their insights into required solutions for co-creating a collaborative impact movement to address planetary challenges being faced in Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions.

We thank ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence; the Arctic Buying Company; Lembas Works; Sentinel North for their support in making this project and its many collaborations possible.

Part 1: Recreating Environments of Inclusion with Catherine Girard

Part one features Dr. Catherine Girard from the Microbial Heritage Lab at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi Department of Fundamental Sciences. Focusing on the North and at the intersection of environmental studies and human health, the lab endeavours to develop collaborative research projects with Northern communities in the areas of studies human-associated and environmental microbiomes.

Dr. Catherine Girard from the Microbial Heritage Lab at the Department of Fundamental Sciences, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 

Part 2:  Recreating Environments of Inclusion with Maeva Gauthier

Maeva Gauthier is a PhD Candidate in Geography and Research Assistant for the UNESCO Chair in Community-based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. For her PhD, she is using Participatory Video as a tool to engage Arctic communities around global change, such as plastics in the environment, climate change and what it means for the youth in Tuktoyaktuk.

Maeva Gauthier, MSc and PhD Candidate at the University of Victoria Community Based Research Lab

Originally from Quebec, she moved to Victoria to complete a MSc in Marine Ecology (Univ. of Victoria) after a BSc in biology (Univ. of Quebec in Montreal). Her interest for the poles started with expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic in 2009, and she has been going back to the Arctic multiple times ever since. She is also the co-founder of Live It, which provides K-12 online educational content about nature. For more information, visit Maeva’s website.

Part 3:  Recreating Environments of Inclusion with Paul Sokoloff

As a senior research assistant in the botany and a member of the Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project, Paul Sokoloff’s work boils down to cataloguing plant and lichen biodiversity in the Arctic and beyond. On any given day, he may be in a faraway place doing field work, in the museum’s herbarium studying specimens, or taking part in outreach activities on behalf of the museum.

Paul Sokoloff, MSc from the Canadian Museum of Nature

In the quest for science, he’s had his clothes stolen in southern Labrador, flipped over a canoe full of samples in New Brunswick’s Jacquet River, and hiked to the top of McGill Mountain on Ellesmere Island while wearing rubber boots.

Part 4:  Recreating Environments of Inclusion with Marie-José Naud

Dr. Marie-Josée Naud, PhD from the Vice-Rectorate for Research, Creation and Innovation at Université Laval.

Part 5: Recreating Environments of Inclusion with Jamie Bell

We are grateful to each contributor for informing this toolkit, and committing to aware action as one ecosystem. Join our conversation and contribute your own insights and actions with #InclusionNorthernResearch #RecreatorsDesigns on social media.

Upcoming Conferences

Race and Systemic Bias in Arctic Sciences Cross-Cutting Workshop
March 19-26, 2022,  Tromso, Norway – Winnipeg, Manitoba

In March 2021, Inclusion in Northern Research released the second installment of its highly-successful experimental Vox Pops in Northern Inclusion initiative for Arctic Science Summit Week, hosted virtually from Lisbon Portugal. This joint session, in partnership with the University of Cardiff successfully advocated for and was awarded 12,381 Euros in funding towards a joint race and systemic bias cross-cutting workshop, which will take place March 19, 2022 in Tromsø, Norway.

This international co-developed workshop titled “Towards an Inclusive Arctic Research Community.” is being designed in collaboration with Cardiff University, the UK British Antarctic Survey, the US Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), the University of Alberta and will be hosted with support from The Arctic University of Norway, the Norwegian Polar Institute and The Research Council of Norway. 

Auviqsaqtut: the 22nd Inuit Studies Conference 
April 6-9, 2022
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

This experimental pilot program was made possible with financial investment from the following organizations and we gratefully acknowledge their encouragement and support.

ArcticNet Network Centre of Excellence
University of Minnesota Duluth Cultural Entrepreneurship Program
Canada Council for the Arts Digital Greenhouse, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jamie Bell

Jamie has worked with media and communications for almost three decades across multiple sectors including the Government of Nunavut, Department of National Defence, Algonquin College, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council and Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. A long-time advocate for community-based arts and research, Jamie’s work has focused on fostering stronger relationships through outreach and engagement. His previous work includes the SSHRC-funded Nanisiniq Arviat History Project and the ArcticNet-supported Inclusion in Northern Research project. Jamie is a founding member of the Arviat Film Society and Arviat Television with support from Isuma TV’s Digital Indigenous Democracy Project.