It is important that researchers collaborate closely with people in the community and that they ensure their proposed research is relevant and has significant benefits for them. There are a number of ways researchers can promote harmonious collaboration with Indigenous communities:

  • Ensure the transfer of skills between researchers and Indigenous Peoples;
  • Develop the employability of the Indigenous Peoples by hiring and training local resources;
  • Act as a role model for the communities’ young people by sharing not only your knowledge, but also your career path as a researcher;
  • Implement permanent tools that are of benefit to the communities;
  • Purchase goods and services locally, where possible, when in the North;
  • Minimize your ecological footprint by leaving no waste behind and no equipment that cannot be used by the community members;

These recommendations reflect INQ’s sustainable development values and address the requests and needs of the Indigenous Peoples.

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