Institut nordique du Québec

Institut nordique du Québec - Ensemble pour le Nord

Research Priorities

INQ's scientific programming was put together by over 150 researchers and representatives of various Indigenous organizations and peoples over the past year. It was a task that required hundreds of hours of work, preparation, and discussions. The programming is the result of a unique, wide-reaching collaborative effort.

Consult the scientific program synthesis.

Priority 1

Societies and Culture

“This priority aims to improve knowledge of the issues associated with the societies and cultures of northern Québec by examining different development models as well as heritage, identities, territoriality, knowledge, living environments, and governance. It will draw on partnerships with northern institutions and communities to facilitate the planning of research agendas, compliance with ethics protocols in Aboriginal environments, and the decolonization of research.”

Caroline Desbiens
Professor, Geography Department (Université Laval)

Thierry Rodon
Director, Interuniversity Center for Aboriginal Studies and Research (CIÉRA) Université Laval

Priority 2


“The Health workshop brought together for the first time almost 20 researchers in northern health from INQ’s three founding institutions. These researchers work on projects whose objectives are determined in collaboration with Aboriginal partners. The priority research themes will be defined in cooperation with Aboriginal representatives in the coming months.”

Cédric Yansouni
Assistant Professor, McGill University

Mélanie Lemire
Nasivvik Research Chair in Ecosystem Approaches to Northern Health Université Laval

Priority 3

Ecosystem Functioning and Environmental Protection

“Several meetings and workshops have been held for the purpose of developing INQ’s Ecosystem Functioning and Environment Protection priority. This priority has both a land component and a marine component. Meetings were attended by researchers from a number of institutions across Québec specializing in a variety of natural science disciplines. The collaborative discussion process will continue as results from the various thematic workshops are pooled.”

Warwick Vincent
Professor, Université Laval

Jean-Éric Tremblay
Associate Professor, Biology Department Université Laval

Priority 4

Infrastructure and Technology

“INQ’s Infrastructure and Technology working group to support development in northern Québec met on June 3. About 20 specialists discussed three specific themes: environmental technology, construction of sustainable infrastructure, and information technology.”

Jean-François Blais
Director, Centre Eau Terre Environnement Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Guy Doré
Professor, Civil and Water Engineering Department Université Laval

Leslie Ann Rusch
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Université Laval

Priority 5

Natural Resources

“The workshops and discussions held to date have already helped identify common research themes related to the natural resources sector. One such theme, which is important to forestry, mineral resources, and energy, involves the in-depth characterization of the environment and access to data seen as essential for the coherent development of northern Québec.”

Gaétan Lantagne
Researcher, Energy Technology Laboratory Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ)

Georges Beaudouin
Researcher, Geology and Geological Engineering Department Université Laval

Francis Fournier
Director, Québec City Laboratory FPInnovations