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The resources described here offer various perspectives for identifying the issues and main themes in Northern and the Arctic research, including concerns related to the ethics and practice of research in Indigenous communities.

OVERALL PERSPECTIVES

A selection of works devoted to the main scientific and theoretical issues related to the study of Northern Canada and the Arctic.

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    • The Arctic in the Anthropocene : emerging research questions
      National Research Council (U.S.)., Washington, District of Columbia : The National Academies Press, 2014. 224 p. -- Reference work addressing the challenges and emerging questions of northern research in earth sciences and environmental studies.
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    • The new Arctic
      Birgitta Evengård et al. [dir.], Cham (Suisse) : Springer, 2015, 352 p. -- Provides a multidisciplinary perspective of Arctic science today, with texts related to Indigenous studies, tourism, economics, natural resources, and governance.
      ULaval | McGill
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    • Canada's changing North
      Wonders, William C., Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003, 449 p. -- Collection of texts providing an overview of the geography, history, economy, politics, and ethnology of the Canadian North.
      (Print document) ULaval
      (Restricted Access) McGill
    • Canadian Nordicity: it is your north, too
      Louis-Edmond Hamelin, Montreal : Harvest House, 1979. -- A seminal work on northern studies and nordicity that looks at the notion of "the North" (including perceptions and boundaries) in a Canadian context. English translation of Nordicité canadienne.
      ULaval | McGill
    • The Canadian north : issues and challenges
      Robert M. Bone, Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012, 326 p. -- A geographic, social, and economic overview of the Canadian North today, with a focus on Indigenous Peoples and natural resources, as well as issues relating to climate change and geopolitics.
      ULaval | McGill
    • Nordicité canadienne
      Louis-Edmond Hamelin, Montréal, Hurtubise HMH, 1975, 458 p. -- A seminal work on northern studies and nordicity that looks at the notion of "the North" (including perceptions and boundaries) in a Canadian context.
      INRS | ULaval | McGill
    • Critical norths : space, nature, theory
      Sarah Jaquette Ray et Kevin Maier, Fairbanks, University of Alaska Press, 2017, 336 p. -- Collection of essays about the North from a colonial, environmental, climate, and political perspective.
      ULaval | McGill

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES

A selection of works with a focus on the history of the North and the Arctic, from a global perspective.

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    • A history of the Arctic : nature, exploration and exploitation
      John McCannon, London : Reaktion Books, 2012, 349 p. -- A history of the Arctic, from prehistoric times to the present, including an examination of Indigenous Peoples, polar exploration, political and environmental issues, and climate change
      ULaval | McGill
    • Une histoire du monde arctique : le dernier territoire imaginaire
      Robert McGhee, Saint-Laurent, Fides, 2006, 300 p. -- A history of the Arctic—from the post-Ice Age to today, and from Siberia to Baffin Island—that takes a scientific approach to archaeology and anthropology.
      ULaval
    • The last imaginary place : a human history of the Arctic world
      Robert McGhee, Toronto, Key Porter Books, 2004, 296 p. -- A history of the Arctic—from the post-Ice Age to today, and from Siberia to Baffin Island—that takes a scientific approach to archaeology and anthropology (French version of The Last Imaginary Place: A Human History of the Arctic World).
      ULaval | McGill
    • Northern visions : new perspectives on the North in Canadian history
      Kerry Abel et Ken S. Coates, Peterborough : Broadview Press, 2001, 224 p. -- A collection of essays presenting a variety of perspectives on the history of the North and on research into the history of the Canadian North.
      ULaval | McGill
    • The polar regions : an environmental history
      Adrian Howkins, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2016, 251 p. -- A book that looks at the history of the exploration, economic development, geopolitical challenges, and myths about the Arctic and the Antarctic, from an environmental standpoint.
      ULaval

IMAGINARY PERSPECTIVES

A selection of works that explore the imagery of the North and the Arctic, including in the arts, culture, and literature, from a global perspective.

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    • Canada and the idea of north
      Sherrill E. Grace, Montréal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001, 341 p. -- An exploration of northern Canadian imagery, with examples from literature, art, music, and popular culture.
      ULaval | McGill
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    • The idea of north
      Peter Davidson, London, Reaktion, 2004, 272 p. -- An exploration of various representations of the North in literature, painting, and prints, as well as in mythology, from a European standpoint.
      ULaval | McGill
    • Le(s) Nord(s) imaginaire(s)
      Daniel Chartier, Montréal : Imaginaire/Nord, 2008, 335 p. -- A collection of essays offering an international perspective on the idea of the North in literature and the arts.
      ULaval | McGill
    • Le Nord, latitudes imaginaires
      Monique Dubar et al., Villeneuve d'Ascq : Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille 3, 2000, 490 p. -- A collection of comparative and thematic studies by European authors on the idea of the North in literature.
      ULaval

RESEARCH ETHICS AND PRACTICE IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

A selection of official documents, research protocols, and articles that serve as a guideline for analyzing the ethical aspect of research on First Peoples.

Statements, Principles, and Guidelines

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    • Approche panterritoriale de la science (Gouvernement du Yukon, Gouvernement des Territoires du Nord-Ouest et Gouvernement du Nunavut)
      Presentation of an over-arching vision for northern science and the roles of the territorial governments and teaching and research institutes in the field.
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    • Énoncé de politique des trois Conseils : Éthique de la recherche avec des êtres humains (Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada, Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada, Instituts de recherche en santé du Canada)
      A joint policy of Canada's three federal research agencies stemming from public consultations that sets out internationally recognized ethics standards. See Chapter 9, in particular, entitled “Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples of Canada” (p.121-127).
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    • Énoncé de principes en matière de recherche autochtone (Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada)
      Presentation of SSHRC's commitment to support and promote research conducted by and with Indigenous Peoples.
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    • Lignes directrices pour la recherche (Institut nordique du Québec)
      A discussion paper setting out ethical northern research guidelines with a view to the decolonization of research. It also proposes approaches for conducting research in the North.
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    • Principes d’éthique pour la conduite de la recherche dans le Nord (Association universitaire canadienne d’études nordiques)
      A statement of ethical principles that reflects the needs and concerns of northern communities and researchers.
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    • Priorités de recherche pour les Premières Nations au Québec (Commission de la santé et des services sociaux des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador)
      Research areas including law, culture and communications, economic development, environment, education and governance.
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    • Stratégie nationale inuite sur la recherche (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami)
      Research vision and objectives in the greater Inuit Nunangat region, as defined by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, a representative body of 65,000 Inuit of Canada.
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Protocols and Guides

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    • Negociating Research Relationships with Inuit Communities: A Guide for Researchers (Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami et Nunavut Research Institute)
      A guideline for researchers who plan to work with Canadian Inuit communities.
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    • Protocole de recherche des Premières Nations au Québec et au Labrador (Commission de la santé et des services sociaux des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador)
      Poster illustrating the rights and values of Indigenous communities with regard to research.
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    • Protocoles et initiatives existants (Boîte à outils des principes de la recherche en contexte autochtone, Commission de la santé et des services sociaux des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador)
      A selection of about forty protocols and initiatives from various research groups and Indigenous organizations.
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    • Protocole de recherche des Premières Nations au Québec et au Labrador (Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador)
      A guide for Indigenous communities, local organizations and the scientific community, governing research activities with First Nations or within their territory.
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    • Research Licensing in Nunavut (Nunavut Research Institute)
      Information about the research licenses administered by the Nunavut Research Institute that are required for conducting research in Nunavut. Cliquez ici

Selected Articles

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    • Les conditions d’une collaboration éthique entre chercheurs autochtones et non autochtones
      (Karine Gentelet, Cahiers de recherche sociologique, no 48, 2009.)
      Reflections on the methodologies and concepts used in Indigenous Studies (abstract in English).
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    • Propriété intellectuelle et éthique
      (Murielle Nagy [dir.], Études/Inuit/Studies, vol. 35, Numéro 1–2, 20)
      Issue of the journal Études/Inuit/Studies devoted to the notions of intellectual property and ethics in northern research, specifically with regard to collaboration with Inuit communities.
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND FIRST NATIONS

A selection of official documents, articles and reports addressing the issue of sustainable development among indigenous peoples.

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    • Cree Vision of Plan Nord
      Presentation of the Cree people's vision of the Northern Plan, including issues of governance, environmental protection, mining, economic development, transportation, tourism, and Cree culture and identity. (Cree Nations of Eeyou Istchee, 2011, 115 p.)
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    • Le développement durable. Paroles de jeunes adultes des Premières nations
      Reflections from Aboriginal youth in Quebec and Labrador on the issue of sustainable development. (Institut de développement durable des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador, 2017, 143 p.)
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    • Environmental Law, Sustainable Development and Food Security in Nunavik
      Chapter dealing with environmental laws related to sustainable development in Nunavik. (Paule Halley et Marie-Josée Verrault, chapitre 10 de Sustainable Food Security in the Arctic, State of Knowledge, Québec/Edmonton, GÉTIC Université Laval/Canadian Circumpolar Institute University of Alberta, 2002, p. 177-188.)
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    • First Nations of Quebec and Labrador sustainable development strategy
      Report addressing the issues (culture, languages, natural resources, economic development, governance) related to the issue of sustainable development among the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. (Catherine Johnson et Suzy Basile, First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute, 2006, 29 p.)
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    • In the Way of Development: Indigenous Peoples, Life Projects and Globalization
      Indigenous reflections and strategies on globalization and sustainable development. (Mario Blaser, Harvey A. Feit, et Glenn McRae [éd.], Zed, IDRC, 2004, 384 p.)
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    • Our Responsibility to The Seventh Generation. Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development
      Indigenous perspectives on sustainable development, addressing the relationship to the environment, environmental degradation, respect for life, and the well-being of current and future generations. (Linda Clarkson, Vern Morrissette et Gabriel Régallet, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg, 1992, 92 p.)
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    • Our Ways Will Continue On: Indigenous Approaches to Sustainability
      Indigenous perspectives on sustainable development in international law. (Jeffrey Corntassel, The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights, 2011, p. 65-71.)
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    • Sustainable development action plan 2010-2013
      Objectives to promote the practice of sustainable development in the Kativik region of northern Quebec. (Commission de la Qualité de l’environnement Kativik, 2006, 4p.)
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    • Rediscovery of Traditional Ecological Knowledge as Adaptive Management
      Article that considers indigenous traditional knowledge and practices to ensure ecosystem management. (F. Berkes et al., Ecological Applications, vol. 10, no 5, 2000.)
      ULaval | McGill | INRS