Advice to Researchers Working with Northern Communities
- Nancianne shares advice and guidelines with researchers on how to most effectively work with Northern Communities to conduct research that is of value and the importance of learning from community members.
Presenter: Nancianne Nassak - Municipal Council of Kangirsuk, Nunavik
Nancianne Grey Nassak was born in Kuujjuaq, QC (Nunavik) and was primarily raised in rural Ontario for most of her childhood. After finishing her post-secondary education she returned to work and to live in Nunavik. She now lives in Kangirsuk, QC with her husband Sammy and together they raise their young children in this remote village. Nancianne is the Centre Director for the Amaartuavik Child Care Centre and she was recently elected Municipal Councilor in her community and a member of the Kativik Regional Municipal Housing Bureau committee. Nancianne has been active in various activities and projects that promote and preserve Inuit traditional knowledge. Nancianne thinks that community based research in the Arctic is important for southern researchers to attain solid relationships with Inuit and First Nations people at community, municipal and regional levels. Collaboration between southern researchers and local aboriginal communities will support both scientific efforts to understand the changing North and the promotion of scientific and traditional knowledge to Inuit and First Nations’ growing youth population.
This video is part of the International Polar Year (IPY) Early Career Research Symposium held in Victoria, BC, Canada from 4-8 December 2009. The event was a career development workshop that brought 100 international young Arctic and Antarctic researchers and mentors together for a series of career development training sessions to develop professional skills, work with senior mentors, and develop international and interdisciplinary collaborations.