"What I'm saying is the focus should be on things that matter to people": Inuit perspectives on wildlife research in Nunatsiavut

Flowers, Veronica L. I. (2023) "What I'm saying is the focus should be on things that matter to people": Inuit perspectives on wildlife research in Nunatsiavut. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Effective and responsible research conduct is a necessary part of the research process in the North, especially in an Indigenous context. While significant positive steps have been taken by Indigenous organizations and governments, the Tri-Council, and university research offices across Canada to provide guidelines for conducting ethically sound research in collaboration with Indigenous peoples, there is still a need to explore the requirements of effective and respectful research and management, specifically in the area of wildlife harvest management in the north. This study was designed to hear local Inuit voices regarding the requirements and conditions that must be met for effective, responsible, and ethical research conduct in the Nunatsiavut region of Inuit Nunangat. Interviews were conducted with research administration staff, conservation officers, local harvesters, and local elders throughout the communities of Nunatsiavut. Gaining a greater understanding of Inuit perspectives on wildlife research in this region of Inuit Nunangat and comparing this with approaches presented in published studies and guidance provided on responsible research conduct, will help both inform future researchers and the Nunatsiavut Government Research Advisory Committee (NGRAC). It will help prioritize local needs and wants, provide an opportunity for local people to engage more in research, and ensure data sovereignty with local Inuit is achieved.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/16113
Item ID: 16113
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-71)
Keywords: Inuit, Inuit Nunangat, research conduct, Nunatsiavut, northern Labrador, NGRAC, wildlife management
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Science and the Environment > Environmental Policy Institute
Date: August 2023
Date Type: Submission
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.48336/TFF2-2R12
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Wildlife research--Newfoundland and Labrador--Nunatsiavut; Wildlife research--Inuit Nunangat; Wildlife management--Newfoundland and Labrador--Nunatsiavut; Wildlife management--Inuit Nunangat; Nunatsiavut Government Research Advisory Committee; Wildlife research--Moral and ethical aspects--Inuit Nunangat; Inuit--Nunatsiavut

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