Introduction to Northern Research and Issues - INQ Training for Early Career Researchers - October 8-11, 2021

2021 Theme : Knowledge Mobilization and Sharing



Institut nordique du Québec and its partners invite Quebec, Canadian and Indigenous students to gather at Auberge des Iles with mentors from academic, indigenous and non-native communities to develop the skills to carry out a campaign to mobilize and share knowledge resulting from northern research. The training will focus on approaches of co-construction approaches, applied communication methods and mutual respect for the knowledge of others.
The activity is offered in a hybrid mode.  The selected participants will be expected to complete several preparatory online training modules prior to attending the immersive face-to-face training.

This training will be given alternately in English and French depending on the language of the speakers, bilingualism is required.

Places are limited.

Registration closed

Travel bursaries are available for selected candidates and will be awarded according to need and provenance.

Target participants :
Twenty graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers from different disciplines undertaking a research project in Northern Quebec (>49°N) and the Canadian Arctic (>55°N) will be recruited.

On the theme of knowledge mobilization, this activity aims to equip participants to interact with local communities when planning their projects, in order to best meet the needs of the population.

The themes that will be addressed are:

  • Working with partners in northern communities
  • Action research in an indigenous context
  • Integrating indigenous epistemologies into collaborative research
  • Applied communication methods (games, animation in an informal setting, storytelling, podcasts, art, music, etc.)

Networking is also an objective of this activity, and participants will benefit from a rich immersive experience in relation to students and practitioners from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, including members of indigenous communities.

Selected participants will also be invited to complete online training modules to enhance their general knowledge in the weeks leading up to the face-to-face experience. These modules, presented in the form of video clips and short texts, will focus on northern research, history and Indigenous culture in Quebec. Those selected should allow approximately 6-8 hours to complete this pre-course training.


Confirmed contributors :

  • Caroline Hervé, North Sentinel Research Chair on Relations with Inuit Societies
  • Élise Imbeau, Science Support Officer - Viventem (Cambridge Bay, NU)
  • Emmanuel Colomb, Lecturer, Dept. of Economic and Administrative Sciences UQAC
  • Hélène Boivin, Government Relations Coordinator, Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan
  • Vincent Collette, Professor, Dept. of Arts, Letters and Language - UQAC and First Nations University (Regina, SK)
  • Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour : Climate Change Preparedness in the North program, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Francis Verreault-Paul, Chef des realtions avec les Premières Nations, Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite de l’UQAC
  • Alex Drouin-Provençal, Attraction chimique, Dept of Chemistry, Université Laval
  • Mona Belleau, First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Youth Network
  • Benoit Éthier, Professor, School of Indigenous Studies, UQAT

Organizing Committee :

  • Debbie Christiansen Stowe, Operations coordinator - Institut nordique du Québec
  • Marie-France Gévry, Training Program Coordinator, Sentinel North Sentinel - Université Laval
  • Catherine Girard, Professor, Dept of Fundamental Sciences - UQAC
  • Dominique Lavoie, Student - Université de Montréal, APECS Canada
  • Marie-Ève Marchand, Project Manager, Sentinel North Research Chair on Relations with Inuit Societies
  • Thierry Rodon, Chairholder, INQ Research Chair on Northern Sustainable Development , Université Laval

Selection process :
Applications will be evaluated by the organizing committee according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • Relevance of the applicant's field of research to the topic of this training
  • Experiences and leadership potential of the individual

In order to provide a diverse experience, the committee will also pay particular attention to the diversity of disciplines and backgrounds of the applicants.

All applicants will be informed of the final selection by September 7, 2021.

Registration fee: $125

This amount includes :

  • Registration to the training course
  • Certificate of training equivalent to 4 CEUs
  • Your accommodation during the training
  • Opening reception on Friday, October 8, 2021
  • Meals :
    • October 8 (dinner)
    • 9 and 10 October (3 meals and coffee breaks)
    • 11 October (breakfast, coffee break and dinner)

The fee does not cover :

  • Your travel to the training venue *
  • Your accommodation other than the training venue (if applicable)

* Travel costs: participants will be responsible for their own transport. A free carpooling service can be organised for people leaving from Chicoutimi and Quebec. Details will be communicated to those selected.

Travel grants are available for selected participants and will be awarded according to need and origin.



APECS Canada
Sentinel North Program
Le Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite
Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes - Canadian Relations Support Program
Université Laval
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

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