Summer School on Mining Cities in Transition: Rich and Informative Encounters 06/05/2019

From May 26th to June 4th, the chairs members had the chance to participate in a summer school organized jointly by the MinErAL and the REXSAC research networks. Our group, composed of researchers and PhD students from Canada and Scandinavia had the opportunity to discuss with various mining and community development stakeholders in the vicinity of Schefferville, Fermont and Labrador City. We visited the Innu community of Matimekush Lac John, the Naskapi community of Kawawachikamach and the administration of Schefferville and Fermont. In addition, we discussed with the mining companies of TATA Steel, Arcelor Mittal, Minerai de Fer Québec (Champion) and Iron Ore Company (IOC).

Thank you for the warm welcome of our partners and the participation of members of the MinErAL and REXSAC networks!

Launch of the report "Cohabiting with Fly-in Fly-out commuting: Experiences of women and communities on the North Shore" 06/05/2019

The report "Cohabiting with Fly-in Fly-out commuting: Experiences of women and communities on the North Shore" is now available! Several members of our team contributed to the coordination and various stages of the research, which resulted from a collaboration with the Regroupement des femmes de la Côte-Nord and the Société du Plan Nord.

The report (in French only) mentions the social, economic and community impacts of fly-in fly-out commuting, both for workers' families and for host communities. Thus, although families of FIFO workers see their income and purchasing power increase, wives often have to take care of their children alone, which would also limit their ability to get involved in their community. In addition, host communities face a decline in their permanent population, and pressure on the availability of certain consumer goods and housing, which sometimes leads to shortages and an increase in the cost of living. 

The research team therefore proposes several recommendations. Among these, it highlights the importance of promoting flexible arrangements that allow workers to leave the workplace without penalty or take rest periods in the event of an unforeseen event at home and encouraging social activities within the workplace between commuters and residents of work communities. In addition, it invites source communities to set up and adequately support networking services to break the isolation of wives. For host communities, the team recommends, among other things, developing a hiring and retention assistance service for businesses and community organizations and encouraging economic diversification, particularly in single-industry towns and communities on the Lower North Shore. Finally, the team suggests bringing commuters closer to the city and avoiding housing them all in the same place so that they can consume more local goods and develop a more meaningful connection with the host community.

Introduction to research and northern issues 02/15/2019

From May 6 to 10, the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ) will hold a training session for graduate students and researchers at the beginning of their careers working in northern Quebec and in the Canadian Arctic. In order to prepare their fieldwork, participants will benefit from the advice of a team of multidisciplinary trainers, who share a strong commitment to the North. The five-day training will be divided into three parts. The "northern regions" component will address the ecosystem, geographic and climatic characteristics of the North. The "northern issues" component will address the environmental, political, social and economic issues of the region. Finally, the "ethical practice" component will present good practices for conducting research in northern environments that is respectful and beneficial to northerners. Note that most of the training will be offered in French, but some interventions will be conducted in English. Visit the INQ website for registration details.

The Chair is completing its first interdisciplinary project! 10/16/2018

Among other things, the project has led to a better understanding of the impact of mining development on the social cohesion and well-being of mining communities in northern Quebec, on the evolution of employment in mines, on the ecology of migratory caribou and on the subsistence economy of Quebec's Aboriginal communities. To learn more, consult the Chair's website or the narrative map that presents the interactions between mining development, migratory caribou herds and land use by Aboriginal communities in northern Quebec.

Launch of the new CEN and Kangiqsualujjuaq research station 09/13/2018

SUKUIJARVIK – The new CEN-Kangiqsualujjuaq station

The inauguration of the CEN-ULaval research station, recently built in Kangiqsualujjuaq, took place on September 5 and 6. The event was a great success, with the participation of more than 60 participants from the community, 2 partners from Kuujjuaq, 5 members of the CEN and 1 member of the CIERA. The ceremony consisted of prayer, speeches, flag signing, community meals, and games. Participants and partners also proposed names in Inuktitut for the new station, which aims to be a platform for Inuit and academic knowledge exchange. The choice was made for Sukuijarvik, which means "Science Place". The next day, a berry picking contest led about fifty participants to explore the area in search of these little orange treasures called "arpik" (chicoutai).

Group photo: Jeannie Annanack, Christine Barnard, Najat Bhiry, Nancy Etok, Richard Fortier, José Gérin-Lajoie, Élise Rioux-Paquette, Thierry Rodon, Eleonora Townley, Hilda Snowball.


Launch of the report "Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic: Perspectives form the Baffin Bay/Davis Strait Region" 05/14/2018

The report "Adaptation Actions for a Changing Arctic: Perspectives form the Baffin Bay/Davis Strait Region" focus on the different drivers of regional changes in the the Baffin Bay/Davis Strait Region, notably the climate, environmental and human factors. Thierry Rodon contributed to the chapters related to socio-economic and educational issues. You can download the report here.

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme is a working group created by the Arctic Council. By providing information, strategies and tools, this group aims to assist local decision makers and stakeholders and to support the development of responsive policy related to adaptation action in a rapidly changing Arctic.

Thierry Rodon at the University of Calgary for a session on indigenous consultation and engagement 11/21/2016

Thierry Rodon was at Calgary University November 21st for a session on Indigenous consultation and engagement in resource development. Thierry Rodon presented two case studies: the Mary River mine (Nunavut) and the Voisey's Bay mine (Nunatsiavut) .

Saturviit is developing, in collaboration with the Chair, a leadership training for women 03/03/2016

Saturviit is developing, in collaboration with the Chair, a leadership training for women who wish to obtain positions of responsibility, whether in politics, in the private sector, or in the civil service. The training session will last a week and take place in one after another of Nunavik’s villages, the aim being to increase their knowledge.

Juliette Bastide, a student at the Chair, has started to design and prepare the training in January. A regional consultation was organized in Nunavik in February 2016 through radio and Facebook to know better what are women’s needs in terms of leadership training. Various Nunavik women leaders will also be contacted to take advice from them. The training’s content should be ready by the end of summer 2016 and circulate in Nunavik communities in Fall 2016. For more information, go to the Saturviit website.

Peter Sköld visits Laval University 02/29/2016

Peter Sköld, director or the Arctic Research Center at Umea University, in Sweden, and president of the ICASS, was at Laval University on February 25th and 26th. During his short stay, he visited the CIÉRA, the CEN and the research chair. It was also the occasion to sign a memorandum on understanding allowing cooperation between Laval University and Umea University. This important agreement will facilitate the organization of common activities and the student mobility. Peter Sköld took also the time to share its research during a conference on Sami history. His presentation is available online

Serving Nunavimmiut : Policies and Programs Adapted to the Reality of Nunavik 01/15/2016

A report has just been published by Vincent F. Gallucci and Nadine  C. Fabbi, on Quebec Policy on the Arctic. Thierry Rodon participated in the publication by writing on local and regional initiatives in Nunavik. This publication is the result of a workshop organized in May 2015, at the University off Washington on the subject.  You can read Thierry Rodon's article and the text of the other participants in the report: Québec Policy on the Arctic: Challenges and Perspectives.

Multilevel Governance in the Inuit Regions of the Territorial and Provincial North 01/05/2016

Martin Papillon and André Juneau have just published their new book: Canada the State of the Federation: Aboriginal Multilevel Governance. Thierry Rodon is one of the author of a chapter on Inuit governance: " Multilevel Governance in the Inuit Regions of the Territorial and provincial North". Consult the publisher page to learn more about the book.

Focus groups with business leaders from Nunavik and Nunatsiavut 10/29/2015

As part of their project "Mining Economies, Mining Families,  Extractive Industries and Human Development in the Eastern Arctic", Stephan Schott and Thierry Rodon conducted focus groups at Makivik's office in Kuujjuaq with entrepreneurs from Nunavik and Nunatsiavut to talk about their business experience with mining companies but particularly to talk about ways to improve Nunavik and Nunatsiavut capacity to benefit from the economic spin-offs of mining.

New Report: Toxic legacies of mining exploration 10/29/2015

The Chair just published a new report on the impacts of mining exploration on the communities of Akulivik and Puvirnituq. The report also create a call to action and ultimately bring the remediation of local abandoned exploration sites. Furthermore, it intends to describe and explain the views of the community of Akulivik with regards to future mineral development in the region.

The Chair' work presented to the Premier of Quebec 10/20/2015

During the Arctic Circle Annual Assembly,  Thierry Rodon presented the chair' works to the Quebec Prime Minister, Philippe Couillard. The Arctic Circle Annual Assembly took place October 15th to 18th, 2015 in Reykjavik, Iceland, and gathered researchers and politicians  from around the globe to discuss on the future of the Arctic.

Resource Development and Land Claim Settlements in the Canadian Arctic 10/15/2015

Thierry Rodon and Aude Therrien have just published a paper on the federal streamlining of the regulatory process in the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut in the  Arctic Yearbook 2015, you can download it on the Arctic Yearbook website.

This article discusses the different modes of governance in the Arctic and discusses federal policy centralization of powers in the various northern communities. An article that broadens our horizons on the governance of resources in northern Canada.

New publication: Understanding the social and Economic Impacts of Mining Development 10/09/2015

Thierry Rodon and Francis Lévesque published an article in The Northern Review . A very interesting article that will allow readers to learn more about the various impacts of mining in the Inuit communities.

Both authors show a historical portrait of the Canadian Arctic mines in the 1957 to 1990 century and discuss the subject of royalties distributed by the mining industry.

Towards the creation of an Inuit Nunanganni University 03/25/2015

A workshop was held in Iqaluit, March 18-19 to discuss and develop a roadmap for the creation of an Inuit Nunanganni University.  Thierry Rodon, Sheena Kennedy, Peter Ma, Sharon Edmunds Potvin and Natan Obed organized the event.

Amongst other things, participants in the workshop agreed that it should be an Inuit Nunanganni University, based at first in Nunavut but serving all the Inuit region of Canada. The workshop was co-hosted by the Government of Nunavut, ITK, NTI and ArcticNet Improving post-secondary Inuit education researchers’. Read more about it with the background paper and the workshop report.

On the picture, the participants in the workshop, from left to right and from bottom to top:
First row: Mary Ellen Thomas, Karla Jessen Williamson, Annie Hanson, Peter Ma, Madeleine Redfern
Second row: Lisa Koperqualuk, Gwen Healey, Jeela Palluq-Cloutier, Naullaq Arnaquq,Nikki Ejesiak, Rebecca Mearns, Jeannie Arreak Kullualik
Third row: Kelly Black, Kirt Ejesiak, Chris Douglas, Anne Crawford, Thierry Rodon, Sheena Kennedy, Lakkuluk Williamson
Missing on the picture: Keith Chaulk, Terry Audla, Paul Quassa

International Symposium on Northern Development 02/25/2015

The International Symposium on Northern Development, organized in collaboration with Université Laval, is held from February 25 to 27 2015 in Québec, at the Québec City Convention Centre.

For this event, we suggest you to read this adress from Louis-Edmond Hamelin (in french only), an internationally renowned northerner that offers us a refreshing perspective on northern development.

News from the Knowledge network on mining impacts 01/16/2015

There was a lot of activities going on around the Knowledge Network on Environment Impact Assessment and Social Impact of Mining in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and Subarctic. Read all about it in their last newsletter!

Towards an Inuit Nunangat University 12/15/2014

Thierry Rodon co-chaired two sessions on inuit eduction, december 9th, as part of the Arctic Change meetings. The first session, Education in Inuit Nunangat in a Time of Change, allowed for researchers to present their work on education in Inuit Nunangat. Francis Lévesque presented his researches on the history of education in Nunavik. The second session, Inuit Nunangat University: Issues and Prospects, gathered the experts  Paul Quassa, Nunavut minister of education; Mary Simon, chairperson of the National Committee on Inuit Education; Lars Kullerud, president of the Arctic University and Keith Chaulk, director of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, for a roundtable on Inuit Nunagat University. This session was the subject of an article in Nunatsiaq News.

Inuit Diplomacy: Reframing the Arctic Spaces and Narratives 12/04/2014

The Report, The Internationalization of Indigenous Rights, from the Centre for International Governance Innovation has just been published. Thierry wrote a chapter on Inuit diplomacy: « Inuit Diplomacy: Reframing the Arctic Spaces and Narratives». The report is available online.

Workshop on the relation between mines and Aboriginal populations at Umeå 11/27/2014

The Chair organized a workshop, in collaboration with Peter Sköld (Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University) on relation between mines and Aboriginal populations of the Northern Europe and Quebec inUmeå, November 26-27. Thierry Rodon, Stéphanie Benoît, Julie Fortin and Tania Gibériyen presented their research. Adamie Delisle-Alaku, executive V-P. at Makivik Corporation, Andy Baribeau, from the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee, and Chesley Andersen, V-P. of Labrador Affairs at Aurora Energy Resources also did a presentation.Showing on the picture, from left to right: Tania Gibéryen, Adamie Delisle-Alaku, Stéphanie Benoît, Peter Sköld (at the back), Thierry Rodon, Chesley Andersen and his wife and Chris Southcott, Lakehead University.

Québec Mines 11/19/2014

For the third year, the Chair will take part of the Quebec Mines event, held at the Centre des Congrès in Quebec city from November 17th to November 20th. In addition to the booth, Thierry Rodon will do a presentation on November 19th during the True North Treasure Initiative. Furthermore, on November 20th, he will chair, with Ricky Fontaine, Director General of the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-Utenam community, a discussion on the issues involved in negotiating, monitoring and managing Impact benefit Agreements (IBAs) and on the creation of sustainable revenues for communities. Visit the website to find more information.

New publication : Aboriginal communities and mining development in northern Canada 11/12/2014

Gap Analysis:Mining Development in Canada. Aboriginal communities and mining development in northern Canada has just been published by  ReSDA as part of gap analysis projects. You can read the report on the ReSDA website.

New Publication: Working Together? The Dynamics of Multilevel Governance in Nunavut 11/09/2014

Working Together? The Dynamics of Multilevel Governance in Nunavut is published in Arctic Review on Law and Politics

CIERA and Chair projects presented to President Hollande 11/08/2014

Presentation of CIERA and Northern Sustainable Development Chair project's to The French President Francois Hollande, Ministers Laurent Fabius and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem  on November 4, 2014. 

Inuit Education Session 11/08/2014

Inuit Education Session at the 19th Inuit Conference in Québec City. Naullaq Arnaquq (gouvernement du Nunavut), Louise Flaherty (Nunavut Arctic College), Sheena Kennedy (CarletonU), Francis Lévesque (UQAT), Thierry Rodon (LavalU), Fiona Walton (UPEI) and Kerri Wheatley (UPEI)

The 19th Inuit Studies Conference was held at Laval University from October 29th to November 1st, 2014. The event, held under the theme of Qaumaniq : enlightening knowledge attracted more than 250 people from Canada and beyond. The Chair was involved in the organisation of the congress: Thierry Rodon and Francis Lévesque being part of the organization committee and Caroline Boudreault-Fiset taking an active part in the organisation of the event.   

Friday October 31st, Thierry Rodon did a presentation on « Serving Nunavimmiut: Public Policy Autonomy in Nunavik ». On the same day, Thierry Rodon, Mylène Riva and Jonathan Blais presented their findings on the social impacts of the Raglan Mine: « The evidence provided by the Raglan Mine and the two neighbouring Inuit communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq ».  Francis Lévesque also did a presentation on post-secondary education in Nunavut named « Postsecondary Education and Profesional Success for Inuit in Nunavut ». The day before, Tania Gibéryen did a presentation on state and community development.  Finaly, the chair organised a session on the mines in Inuit Nunangat named «Community vs State Based Development: the Innavik Hydro-Project ».

Northern Housing Forum 10/28/2014

The Northern Housing Forum will be held october 28th 2014 at Laval University. You can register online until october 24. The forum is organized by the Secrétariat aux affaires autochtone, the CEN, ArcticNet, the CIÉRA and the northern sustainable development research chair.  Thierry Rodon is co-president of the organizing comittee with Michel Allard and he will do a presentation with Maxime Thibault.

Chair's team presentation and new projects to come 09/10/2014

A meeting was held this Wednesday in order to introduce new members to the Chair’s team. Everyone has the opportunity to present himself and inform people about his work. Then, Thierry Rodon, the Chair’s holder, presented the different projects who are now developed and also the ones who will be in the next few months. The Chair’s team welcomes new members and wishes a happy back to School to all!      

Members of the Chair, from left to right: Hermine De Pins, Rémy Darith Chhem, Julie Fortin, Maxime Thibault, Aude Therrien, Deogratias Safali, Caroline Boudreault-Fiset, Tania Giberyen and Jonathan Blais. Are missing from the picture: Juliette Bastide and Stéphanie Benoit.

The Role of the Public Sector in Northern Governance 09/03/2014

The report co-written by Thierry Rodon on the Role of the Public Sector in Northern Governance as just been published. You can read it here.

BAPE workshops on uranium industry 09/03/2014

Thierry Rodon will present, in September, the chair’s work on the social and economic impacts of Nunavik mines during the BAPE workshops on uranium industry.

September 19th: Mines and Communities: socio-economic impacts of the Raglan Mine in Nunavik under the economic thematic working group.

September 23th: Consultation, consent and social acceptability under the uranium developments on the Aboriginal traditional territories under the “Ethical issues and social acceptability” working group.

Presentation at the Arctic Futures Symposium 09/03/2014

Thierry Rodon will present a conference entitled Inuit Nunangat’s Economy: Past, Present, and Future at the Arctic Futures Symposium, between October 14th-15th, in Brussels, Belgium.

19th Inuit Studies conference 07/22/2014

The 19th Inuit Studies Conference will be held at Laval University from October 29th to November 1st, 2014. the theme of the meeting is Qaumaniq: Enlightening Knowledge.  Thierry Rodon, the chairholder, and Francis Lévesque are part of the organization committee. Follow this link  for more details and to register.  

On October 30th, Tania Giberyen will do a presentation entitled Community vs State Based Development: the Innavik Hydro-Project.  On October 31st,Thierry Rodon will do a presentation entitled Serving Nunavimmiut: Public Policy Autonomy in Nunavik; Thierry Rodon, Mylène Riva and François Blais will present The evidence provided by the Raglan Mine and the two neighbouring Inuit communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq and Francis Lévesque will do a presentation on Postsecondary Education and Profesional Success for Inuit in Nunavut. Moreover, the chair will organise a session on the mined in the Inuit Nunangat

Publication of the number 37(2) 2013 of Inuit Studies 07/22/2014

The last number of Inuit Studies, 37 (2) 2013, is now available. Thierry Rodon, Francis Lévesque and Jonathan Blais wrote the article, De Rankin Inlet à Raglan, le développement minier et les communautés inuit,  published in this number. Follow this link for more information.

CIERA's summer school 07/21/2014

From August 19-23, CIERA's summer school took place. Maatalii Okalik and Thierry Rodon participated in a workshop organized by the CURA Leadership and Governance in Nunavut and Nunavik.

Moving North to South - University of Saskatchewan 05/22/2014

Thierry Rodon was a participant of the conference Moving the North South: Understanding the Importance of the Provincial North in Canadian Political Economy held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He presented a communication titled "From Nouveau-Québec to Nunavik and Eeyou Istchee: the Political Economy of Northern Québec".

Communication for the 82nd ACFAS 05/14/2014

Thierry Rodon will present a paper: "De l’acceptabilité sociale et du consentement : le développement minier sur les territoires ancestraux des Autochtones" on May 14 at 3:55pm during Seminar 645 "L’acceptabilité sociale des projets miniers : du Québec au reste du monde" of the 82nd ACFAS Conference in Concordia University.

For more info, visit ACFAS' website.

Communication during Kuujjuaq Mining Workshop 2014 05/01/2014

Thierry Rodon presented the research conducted by the Northern Sustainable Development Chair in collaboration with Mylène Riva and Jonathan Blais during Kuujjuaq Mining Workshop 2014. His talk was titled Mining Development and Inuit Communities Well-Being: Evidence from Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq.

The Program can be found here

Newsletter #1 - Knowledge Network on Mining Development 02/28/2014

The first newsletter (Winter/Spring 2014) of the Knowledge Network on Environment Impact Assessment and Social Impact of Mining in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and Subarctic is now available here.

QIA social cohesion workshop and training meeting : Understanding Community Change in Qikiqtaaluk 02/06/2014

Thierry Rodon and Francis Lévesque assisted to the social cohesion workshop and training meeting, Understanding Community Change in Qikiqtaaluk, held by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association in Iqaluit, Nunavut, from february 4th to february 6th 2014.

Presentation of the results: Monitoring educational and professional success amongst Inuit of Nunavut who have registered in a post-secondary program 02/04/2014

Maatali Okalik, Francis Lévesque and Thierry Rodon presented the results from the project Monitoring educational and professional success amongst Inuit of Nunavut who have registered in a post-secondary program at the Nunavut Research Institut in Iqaluit, Nunavut, february 4th. Many organisations were present:

·         Department of Education, Nunavut

·         Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

·         Nunavut Coalitions of DEAs

·         Nunavut Research Institute

·         Nunavut Arctic College

·         Nunavut General Monitoring Plan

·         Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Inauguration of Tukitaarvik 11/05/2013

On November 14, Tukitaarvik is launched at NS in Ottawa. Tukitaarvik ( is a website created  to inform, connect and inspire Inuit postsecondary students. Tukitaarvik was created by an ArcticNet research team led by Northern sustainable development Chair Dr. Thierry Rodon, in partnership with ITK, Inuit Qaujisarvingat and Nunavut Sivuniksavut.

ReSDA Annual Workshop in Iqaluit from October 8th-10th, 2013. 09/26/2013

Thierry Rodon and Francis Lévesque will fly to Iqaluit this fall participate in the ReSDA Annual Workshop, from October 8th – 10th. The workshop will focus on the best mechanisms for knowledge sharing in the ReSDA network. This workshop will also begin the development of a knowledge sharing toolbox resource for researchers and community groups to use to improve knowledge sharing practices.

Biannual meeting of the Mining Network at Iqaluit, October 10th, 2013 09/26/2013

Second biannual meeting of the Mining Network will take place on next October 10th in Iqaluit. The Mining Network, financed by SSHRC from 2013 to 2016, will bring together Nunavik, Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Eeyou-Ichtee and Université Laval representatives. This second meeting will present projects working on topics linked to the Mining Network and follow up on the first meeting held on May 9th.

Now online: Round Table on the Challenges of Arctic Research 08/26/2013

A round table conference organized by ARCTIConnexion, in partnership with the Centre of Northern Studies (CEN), under the 81th ACFAS scientific conference, Québec City, is now online here. We invited 4 pannelists to join the discussion around the question of the development of a sustainable partnership between Arctic communities and southern-based academic researchers. Were present:

  • Pamela Akongak Gross -B.A. Anthropology- Cambridge Bay
  • Thierry Rodon -Research Chair in Sustainable Development of the North- Université Laval
  • José Gérin-Lajoie -Biologist- Université du Québec à Trois-Rivière
  • Pierre Philie -Pingaluit National Park- Kangiqsujuaq.

IPSSAS Seminar 05/17/2013

Francis Lévesque and Thierry Rodon are both presenting a communication during the IPSSAS seminar on May 23, 2013. This ten-day seminar is being held annually in a northern or aboriginal community. This year, the seminar is held in Wendake, Essipit and Quebec City.

Francis Lévesque presents a communication titled Revisiting Inuit qaujimajatuqangit: How are Inuit knowledge, culture, language and values reflected in Nunavut institutions?. Thierry Rodon's presentation is titled The Paradoxes of Development in Inuit Nunangat.

NGMP April 2013 newsletter 05/07/2013

The research team behind the project Monitoring Educational and Professional Success Amongst Inuit of Nunavut Who Have Registered in a Post-Secondary Program was featured in the NGMP (Nunavut General Monitoring Plan) April 2013 newsletter. This newsletter is distributed Nunavut-wide as well as to all NGMP's partners. It is available in French, English, Inuktitut and Inuinaqtun.

Two events in Montreal 04/24/2013

Thierry Rodon participated in two events held in Montreal on April 25 and 26. He first presentated a paper called “Les défis humain et le développement durable au Nunavik” during the workshop Vers un développement du Nord viable? organized by the regroupement en toxicologie, chimie et génie environnemental de l’Université du Québec. Information is available here.

He then participated in the “Panel II : Quelle place pour les autochtones? ” during the Le Canada au Conseil de l’Arctique : à la veille de la présidence 2013-2015 seminar organized by the CIRRICQ (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur les relations internationales du Canada et du Québec). Information is available here.

The 2013 Canadian Studies Symposium: Northern Sovereignty 04/19/2013

Thierry Rodon was invited to the 2013 Canadian Studies Symposium: Northern Sovereignty at Bridgewater State University and he presented on Sovereignty and Security in Inuit Nunangat.

Seminar on Mining Development 04/02/2013

The Chair is organizing a French-only seminar on mining development on May 8th, 2013 called Développement minier et communautés inuites et cries: comment rendre le développement minier plus durable dans le Nord?  during the 81econgrès de l’ACFAS held at Université Laval.

The seminar is held in room 1E of De-Koninck building between 8:15am and 4pm.

The program is available here.

Monitoring educational and professional success amongst Inuit of Nunavut who have registered in a post-secondary program 03/15/2013

Thierry Rodon, Francis Lévesque, Blair Stevenson, Maatalii Okalik, and Pamela Gross pesented the preliminary results of the project Monitoring educational and professional success amongst Inuit of Nunavut who have registered in a post-secondary program to its Nunavut partners on March 14th at the Nunavut Arctic College facilities in Iqaluit Nunavut. Present were:

  • Peesee Pitsiulak-Stephens, Dean - Nunatta Campus, Nunavut Arctic College
  • Mary Ellen Thomas, Director of Nunavut Research Institute
  • Jeannie Arreak-Kullualik, Policy Analyst, Education, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
  • Peter Geikie, Program Manager – Education, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  • Amy McCall, Coordinator, Nunavut Adult Learning Strategy Implementation, Government of Nunavut
  • Christianne Lafferty, Monitoring Analyst, Nunavut General Monitoring Plan – NGMP, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada
  • Jean Kigutikakjuk, Administrative and Liaison Service Officer, Nunavut General Monitoring Plan – NGMP, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada
  • Seth Reinhart, Manager, Nunavut General Monitoring Plan – NGMP, Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada.

Several members of the research team could not be present in iqaluit: Sajjad Taghizadeh Imani, Elizabeth Ryan, Kevin Qamanik-Mason, Lori Tagoona, and Jena Merkosak.

Keeping the Promise: The Path Ahead to Full Modern Treaty Implementation 02/26/2013

Thierry Rodon will be participating the in the Keeping the Promise: The Path Ahead to Full Modern Treaty Implementation conference organized by the Land Claims Agreement Coalition between Feb. 26th and March 1st at Lac Leamy Hilton in Gatineau. He will present a paper titled In Partnership with the State: Assessing the Canadian Co-­management Experience.

Roundtable on Future Directions in Research on Inuit Education 02/19/2013

Thierry Rodon will be in Iqaluit on Feb. 21st to participate in the Roundtable on Future Directions in Research on Inuit Education. This activity, organized by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, will bring together experts on Inuit education accross Canada.

Northern Governance and Economy Conference: Pathway to Prosperity 10/12/2012

Thierry Rodon a présenté deux papiers à la Northern Governance and Economy Conference: Pathway to Prosperity qui se tient à Yellowknife.

The Political Economy of Nunavik

Community vs State-Based Development: The Innavik Hydro-Project, avec Tania Gibéryen et Tommy Palliser

Les présentations ainsi que le résumé de la conférence seront disponibles sur le site de la conférence

Mobilizing for a Sustainable North 06/21/2012

On June 18th, Thierry Rodon and Caroline Desbiens, professor at the Department of Geography, presented the results of the panel Community well-being, Development, Governance and Viability during the seminar Mobilisé pour le Nord durable organized by l'Université Laval. This panel originated in an initiative put forth by Université Laval. Its objectives were to identify the research issues and priorities that must underpin sustainable northertn development. The conclusions of the four panels are available in English in the document Mobilizing for a Sustainable North. Research Issues and Priorities.

On June 19th, Thierry Rodon presented the research projects the Chair is doing in Northern Education

Presentation of the Chair Researches at the IFAT Conference, Munich 05/09/2012

Thierry Rodon has presented a communication titled "Toward Sustainable Nunavik Communities: Challenges and Opportunities" during the The Far North: Economic Opportunities, Environmental Challenges and Scientific Exploration IFAT conference IFAT in Munich on May 9th 2012 at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre.

Tukitaarvik's Beta Version Now Available Online 05/07/2012

The beta version of the website Tukitaarvik: Inuit Student Centre is now available online. This website is designed to help guide Inuit students along the path to a post-secondary education.

International Polar Year 2012 04/10/2012

Thierry Rodon, Fiona Walton and Pam Gross presented the results of the project Improving Access to University Education in the Canadian Arctic during the International Polar Year 2012 From Knowledge to Action Conference on Friday, April 27 at the Palais des congrès in Montreal.

Nunavik Symposium on the Social Economy 01/31/2012

Two members of the Chair will present the results of their research during the Nunavik Symposium on the Social Economy that will be held on February 7-8, 2012 in Kuujjuaq.

Symposium Agenda

Article about the Nunavik Symposium on the Social Economy 01/14/2012

Nunatsiaq News published an article about the Nunavik Symposium on the Social Economy. Thierry Rodon presented the results of some of his research at the Symposium where he reminded his audience of the importance of traditional economy on the social well-being of Inuit populations. Rodon pointed to well-established Inuit-run businesses such as Pangnirtung Fisheries Ltd. and Nunavik Creations, the Makivik Corp. subsidiary that employs Nunavimmiut seamstresses to produce traditional clothing and outerwear.

Kuujjuaq conference highlights importance of traditional economy.

First Annual ReSDA Workshop, Yellowknife, NT - November 23-25, 2011 11/30/2011

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada recently announced funding for a new Northern research project called Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA). The main focus of ReSDA’s research will be on finding ways to ensure that a larger share of the benefits of resource development stay in the region with fewer costs to communities. The Network will mobilize researchers around the questions of finding out how to maximize benefits of resource development to northern regions and communities and minimize the social, economic, cultural, and environmental costs.  The primary objective of the research will be to cultivate innovative approaches to the best ways of natural resource developments s to improve the well-being of northern communities while preserving the region’s unique ecosystem. This issue is all the more pressing given the increased demand for natural resources globally, with many of these resources existing in Arctic locations.

The Workshop

Each year ReSDA will organize an annual research workshop based on a central theme.  This first one is devoted to the discussion of a research plan for the next 7 years. Discussion with community partners about research priorities began in 2010.   This initial annual workshop in Yellowknife will provide researchers with an opportunity to reflect on recommendations from communities and discuss how these suggestions should be translated into formal research questions.

Workshop Information and Materials

Background and Draft Agenda

Registration Form - Please note that registration for this workshop is now closed. 

Valoree Walker
ReSDA Coordinator 
Yukon Research Centre 
Tel: 867-668-8857 or email