Connecting Arctic research across boundaries to engage local and indigenous scholarship and meet community needs

Theme 5. Other
Session Name 5.12 Connecting polar research, policy and stakeholders across scales - examples from Europe and beyond
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Robert Rich (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, USA), Helen Wiggins (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, USA), Lisa Sheffield Guy (Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, USA), Kaare Siikuaq Erickson (Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation Science, USA)
Abstract text

Recently, there has been increasing interest within the scientific community in research projects that enable Arctic Indigenous communities and individuals to participate to understand the Arctic and apply that knowledge to human advancement. Indigenous participation in research can increase overall impact at local through global scales by bridging knowledge systems, disciplines, and national boundaries. This presentation will highlight innovative examples of bringing Arctic Indigenous community voices to bear in setting research priorities and empowering Arctic Indigenous scholarship to engage with national stakeholders. We will outline our approach for connecting Arctic researchers with local communities and preparing researchers to work equitably for mutual benefit. We will also describe efforts to move beyond transactional engagements between Arctic communities and researchers toward a co-production of knowledge that encompasses all phases of the research process. Example efforts to be highlighted include: the logistical, outreach, and educational work carried out by UIC Science (an Alaska Native Corporation); the Barrow Arctic Research Center Science Fair; the new program Empowering Arctic Indigenous Scholars and Making Connections; the Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook; Resources for Conducting Research with Northern Communities; The Arctic in the Classroom program; studies of the research process and Indigenous Communities; and workshops designed to move toward co-production of knowledge. We will consider effectiveness in engagement, impact on communities (positive and negative), and impact on scholarship of the various approaches.

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