Creation of the LIA SESAM 05/12/2023

The INQ Research Chair on Northern Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the creation of the International Associated Laboratory (Morocco-Quebec): Sciences environments, societies and mining activities (LIA Sesam)!

The new laboratory will be co-directed by Thierry Rodon, professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Laval University and holder of the INQ Research Chair on Northern Sustainable Development!

Members of the Mohammed V University of Rabat and Laval University, as well as numerous officials and partners from the academic community, gathered today in Morocco to celebrate its creation.

LIA SESAM is the first international laboratory associated with Laval University on the African continent.

You can read the press release here.


Call for papers 02/01/2023

The call for papers of the 10th Round Table organized by the International Laboratory for Research on Images of the North, Winter and the Arcticl is underway! You have until March 3, 2023 to send your proposal. The round table will take place on March 31, 2023, in Montreal.

The objective of this roundtable is to bring together professors, researchers, students, artists, authors, curators and presenters in Montreal to exchange and share their expertise, projects and reflections in the form of a 15-minute presentation on the arts and societies of Inuit Nunaat (mainly Nunavik, Nunatsiavut, Nunavut and Greenland, but also other territories, including urban). Participants are invited to present one of their current or future creation, dissemination or research projects.

For more information, download the call for papers.

For all the details, please consult the following link:

Workshop on the update of the Nordicity Index developed by L.E. Hamelin 11/23/2022

From October 24- to26, 2022, the INQ Research Chair on Northern Sustainable Development hosted a workshop in the Innu community of Essipiton the update of the Nordicity index developed by L.E. Hamelin.  The participants were Thierry Rodon, Suzie Larrivée, Janec Wisniewski, Stéphanie Roullier from Laval University; Anne-Marie Hamelin, daughter of Louis Edmond Hamelin; Marcel Furlong, Prefect of the MRC Manicouagan; Catherine Hébert and Virginie Provost,Société du Plan Nord; Kathleen Goulet, Innu Essipit First Nation Council; André Desrochers,University of Ottawa; Micheline Anctil, Prefect of the MRC Haute-Côte-Nord; Adélard Benjamin, Innu Pessamit First Nation Council; and Jean-Philippe Messier, Founder and Director General of the Manicouagan-Uapishka World Biosphere Reserve (MWBR).

The objective of the workshop was to share the preliminary results of the research project on the update eof the Nordicity index developed in the 1960s by L.E. Hamelin and to reflect with regional partners (northern Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities and organizations) and the Société du Plan Nord, on how to adapt the index to the new realities of northern communities.

Find the report here.

Extracted places in transition: a REXSAC-MinErAL seminar in the Swedish Actic 11/02/2022

Between October 3 and 8, 2022, as part of a traveling seminar in the Swedish Arctic, professors Thierry Rodon, Sophie Thériault, and Arn Keeling, as well as PhD students Sabrina Bourgeois, Louise Nachet, Caitlynn Beckett, and Zoé Boirin-Fargues, and Chief of Matimekush-Lac John, Réal Mckenzie, had the opportunity to discuss the challenges of extractive industries for Arctic communities. This seminar followed summer school on mining towns in transition that took place in the Canadian North in 2019, which also brought together participants from the international research networks MinErAL and REXSAC.

The seminar included a series of presentations, field trips, and meetings with local actors. Participants visited abandoned and transitional mining towns (Laver, Laisvall, Laisdalen, Malmberget, Nautanen, Kiruna), as well as abandoned mining sites (e.g., Nautanen) and sites in the process of revitalization (e.g., Laisvall). They also visited the Harsprång hydroelectric station, a dam, and a site impacted by this type of activity on the river Lule.

In Arjeplog, Malin Brännström, Sámi lawyer and director of the Silvermuseet Museum, discussed, among other topics, the rights of Sámi reindeer herders in Sweden and the issues they face, while in Jokkmokk, the visit to the Ajtte Sami Museum allowed the participants to learn more about the Sámi culture and traditional ways of life. During their stay in Kiruna, they met with Nina Eliasson, Head of Planning Development of the City of Kiruna, who explained the challenges and opportunities of relocating part of the city to allow for the expansion of the mining activities of LKAB. This was followed by a tour of LKAB's underground mine, where one of the communications managers, Anders Lindberg, shared the company's plans for expansion and energy transition, before completing the visit with an overview of the region's mining history.

Autonomy of the peoples in the Arctic. Crossed glances on Denmark, Russia, Canada and Norway 09/15/2022

Autonomy of the peoples in the Arctic. Crossed glances on Denmark, Russia, Canada and Norway 

The Arctic Peoples' Self-Governance Research Network held its seminar in Nuuk, Greenland, on August 16-18, 2022. 

This network aims to explore new opportunities for research cooperation in the field of self-government in the Arctic region. 

The objective of this meeting was to present a first version of the papers that will constitute a special issue on the experiences of self-government in the Arctic. Uffe Jakobsen and Henrik Larsen, University of Copenhagen, Thierry Rodon, Université Laval, Martin Papillon, UdM, Maria Akrèn and Gestur Hovgaard, Ilisimatusarfik/ University of Greenland, Hallbera West, University of the Faroe Islands and Jo Saglie, Institute for Social Research, Oslo were present. For reasons that everyone knows, the Russian researchers could not join us. 

Thierry Rodon participates in a round table on the future of caribou 05/11/2022

The roundtable discussion "What future for the caribou?" provided an opportunity to learn more about the environmental, cultural and political issues surrounding this animal. Steve Côté (Université Laval), Pierre Drapeau (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Mathieu Leblond (Environment and Climate Change Canada) opened the discussion by highlighting the reduction in the range of the various types of caribou in Quebec, the impacts associated with the degradation of their habitat and the conservation issues concerning them.

Presentations by André Michel (Ashkuatshikunnu Experts-conseil), Mélissa Saganash (Cree Nation Government) and Serge Ashini Goupil (Innu Nation) allowed for a better understanding of the importance of the relationship between the Innu and Cree nations and the caribou, as well as its cultural and identity value. They also cited the example of the Maamuu nisituhtimuwin / Matineu-mashinaikan atiku e uauinakakanit agreement on caribou hunting that was signed between the Cree and Innu nations. 

The last part of the round table dealt with examples of caribou co-management in Quebec and Canada. Pier-Olivier Boudreault (CPAWS) gave the example of the committee formed to protect the Détour caribou population, which was born of a collaboration between the Algonquin community of Pikogan, the Ministère de la Forêt, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, the RYAM forestry company and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). Finally, Thierry Rodon showed the limits of caribou management processes and presented some examples of caribou co-management institutions in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Quebec.

Julie Fortin's thesis defense 02/04/2022

Summary of the thesis:  

Based on fieldwork conducted in Eeyou Istchee and Nunavik, this thesis sheds light on lesser-known facets of the social acceptability of mining projects in an Aboriginal context, particularly their impacts on the social cohesion of communities. From a multidisciplinary perspective, the thesis provides an understanding of the social and emotional impacts of mining development for local communities, as well as the challenges encountered during their exchanges with mining exploration companies. 

*** On invitation only***

Date and time of the defense: Monday, March 14 at 12:30 pm 

Location: Room 3244 De Koninck Pavilion

6th edition of the MOOC Northern Quebec: Issues, Space and Culture 01/31/2022

The Research Chair in Sustainable Development of the North is proud to announce the sixth French edition of the MOOC Québec nordique: enjeux, espace et culture, which will begin on February 3, 2022. Registration is open until February 25, 2022.

This free online course, open to all, is intended for all those with an interest in Northern Quebec and who wish to learn more about this territory, its history, societies and issues. 

This MOOC is an initiative of the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ), whose three founding universities are the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Université Laval and McGill University. The course is under the responsibility of Professor Thierry Rodon of the Department of Political Science at Université Laval and holder of the Research Chair on Sustainable Development of the North.

Special Issue of Extractive Industries and Society 01/31/2022

 Rodon, T., Keeling, A., Boutet, J-S., (2021) “Schefferville Revisited: The Rise and Fall (and Rise again) of Iron Mining in Quebec-Labrador”, Extractive Industries and
Therrien, A., Lépy, É., Boutet, J-S.,Bouchard, K. and Keeling, A., (2021) “Place-based education and extractive industries: Lessons from post-graduate courses in Canada and Fennoscandia”, Extractive Industries and Society
Thériault, S., Bourgeois S. and Boirin-Fargues, Z., (2021) “Indigenous Peoples’ Agency Within and Beyond Rights in the Mining Context: The Case of the Schefferville Region”, Extractive Industries and Society
Nachet, L., Beckett, C., Sehlin-McNeil, K., (2021) “Framing extractive violence as environmental (in)justice: A cross-perspective from indigenous lands in Canada and Sweden”, Extractive Industries and Society.
Bjørst, L.R., and Rodon, T., (2021) “Progress stories and the contested making of minerals in Greenland and northern Québec”, Extractive Industries and Society

INSTEAD - Indigenous Environmental Stewardship and Alternative Development 01/01/2022

The research program is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec Fonds du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), under the direction of Colin Scott (McGill). The Chairholder is a co-investigator in this program, which focuses on attempts to program, which focuses on attempts to implement visions of attempts to implement visions of protecting the cultural and environmental environmental heritage of indigenous peoples. 

Annual Report 2020-2021 12/22/2021

The annual report of the INQ Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair's has just been published! 

Consult the projects carried out and their impacts on decision-makers, meet the research team and partners, see the events that took place during the year and read the publications for 2020-2021. The report is only available in French.

You can access the report in the publication section or by clicking here

Understanding the Evolution of Nordicity: Updating L.E. Hamelin's Indices 12/01/2021

Understanding the Evolution of Nordicity: Updating L.E. Hamelin's Indices

This project is a tribute to the pioneering work of Louis-Edmond Hamelin. 

Despite its importance and notable use by both scientists and the general public (Graham 1990, Brunelle 1989, Committo 2016), the Louis-Edmond Hamelin index has not been updated since its creation (Simard 2017). However, climate change, resource development and trade globalization are significantly affecting northern regions and these phenomena are therefore likely to modify both the physical and human boundaries of the northern world (Committo 2016).  

Updating this index in order to better measure the impact of these phenomena on Quebec and international Nordicity is therefore necessary. This work also allows us to take into account the criticisms that have been directed at it over time. For example, the VAPO has been criticized for defining the North through the South by conferring a northern character on sparsely populated areas with low economic development. Northern communities would thus be expected to lose their northern character the greater their economic development (Simard 2017). Some physical indices are also co-dependent, such as annual cold, permafrost type and vegetation cover. This co-dependency contributes to increase the nordicity index of a community located in a cold climate, and vice versa. (Vaguet, Couillet & Colange 2017)  

Other measures and indicators have been developed to account for certain factors of social or physical well-being. For example, the remoteness and accessibility measure developed by Statistics Canada (Alasia et al. 2017) takes into account geographic distance, travel time to other geographic centers as well as, the population level and services available in the community and nearby agglomerations. However, the main limitation of this index is that it only considers distance from other centers geographically and does not take into account climatic or social elements related to distance. At the same time, the Community Well-Being Index (CWB) developed in 2004 is used by the Ministry of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs to measure certain indicators related to the socio-economic health of communities, but leaves out health, environmental and cultural indicators related to well-being (Bouchard 2018). These indices therefore remain incomplete, measuring only certain aspects of community remoteness or well-being and not taking into account northernness as a whole.  

More generally, despite the availability of these indices and the amount of data collected on Aboriginal communities in Canada and around the world, the data is often not accessible to communities, is not available for small communities, or is not comparable between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities (Trevethan 2019).  

The criticisms of Louis-Edmond Hamelin's model and the limitations of the other indices show the relevance of improving the index in order to better measure northernness at both the human and physical levels and to meet the needs of northern populations. Thus, the VAPO index is the only indicator that provides longitudinal and multiscalar data on Nordicity. More importantly, only the VAPO provides a measure of Nordicity at the circumpolar scale and in a wide range of contexts, which is not the case for the CBI and the remoteness index (Vaguet 2019; Vaguet, Couillet & Colange 2017). Thus, while the index should be adapted to address these criticisms, its improvement thus allows for comparison between northern communities and regions around the globe.  

This project also allows public and para-public organizations as well as private promoters to acquire relevant tools to measure the potential impact of projects on communities and to adapt various social and territorial planning programs to the realities of communities. Through its environmental, social and economic components, the index can be relevant to a variety of stakeholders and can be adapted to their projects and measurement needs. Finally, the index is also one of the few tools that allows for both national and international comparisons, which allows different actors to develop locally and internationally relevant projects and to better measure regional differences. 

Roundtable on The aporias of Aboriginal politics in Canada 05/19/2021

The roundtable on the aporias of Aboriginal politics in Canada that took place yesterday at the annual conference of the Société québécoise de science politique  #SQSP2021 was very interesting.

Thanks to Sabrina Bourgeois, for organizing and moderating the roundtable, and to the panelists, Thierry Rodon (UL), Hélène Boivin (Tipelimitishun Commission), Michele Taina Audette (Senior Advisor on Reconciliation and Aboriginal Education UL), Simon Dabin (UdeM) and Christa Scholtz (McGill).

Open class in the course Governance Issues in the Arctic POL 4070-7070 03/31/2021

Open class in the course Governance Issues in the Arctic POL 4070-7070

"Rising China in the Arctic"

Rasmus Gjedssø Bertelsen, Barents Chair in Politics, Professor of Northern Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Marc Lanteigne, Associate Professor of Political Science (China, East Asia, Polar Affairs), UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Mariia Kobzeva, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Social Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway 

Rasmus Gjedsswillø Bertelsen will present on China in the Arctic from an international system perspective (transition from US unipolarity to Sino-American bipolarity). Marc Lanteigne will present on China’s identity-building in the Arctic. Mariia Kobzeva will present her research on Sino-Russian Arctic relations in the Arctic: dynamics and trends. 

WEDNESDAY, April 7th 2021, 12h00 

To receive the zoom link, please contact: 

Film Event - The Canadian Talk 03/16/2021

The Canadian Talk is a documentary series, directed by Erika Ranke-Farro, a master's student in political science at the Université de Montréal, which aims to shed light on the reality of the impacts of Canadian mining companies establishing themselves abroad, with interviews with Kristina Maud Bergeron, Pierre Beaucage, Michel Jebrak, Thomas Mulcair and Thierry Rodon.

The event, by Ciné-Campus Université de Montréal, takes place on Tuesday, March 16 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit their Facebook or the event on the Website of SAÉ UdeM

Annual Report 2019-2020 02/25/2021

The annual report of the INQ Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair's has just been published! 

Consult the projects carried out and their impacts on decision-makers, meet the research team and partners, see the events that took place during the year and read the publications for 2019-2020. The report is only available in French.

You can access the report in the publication section or by clicking here

New faces at the Chair 02/01/2021

Change in the coordination of the Chair

The Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair welcomes two new coordinators, Catherine Charest and Stéphanie Roullier.



 Catherine Charest will coordinate the activities of the Chair.






 Stéphanie Roullier will be the coordinator of MinErAL Network. 






The entire team of the Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair would like to thank Aude Therrien (center) for her dedication to the Chair!

Aude has been coordinating it since January 2014. During these 6 years, she has demonstrated with  professionalism, her expertise in research projects, her immense organizational capacity and her benevolent  accompaniment always appreciated by the students. Aude is leaving us for new functions, but her  contribution to the work of the Chair will remain marked.


The Chair also welcomes two new students, Véronique Tremblay and Henri Desjardins. 

 Véronique Tremblay is currently a Master's student in International Studies - International Development with a thesis and is interested in the relations between the State and indigenous peoples in the field of development.

 She is in charge of the MOOC Le Québec nordique: enjeux, espaces et cultures for the winter 2021 session. 



 Henri Desjardins is a certificate student in Native Studies and is a research and teaching assistant for the Chair.

Mushuau-nipi 01/15/2021

Knowledge transfer must continue even in times of pandemic. From September 10 to 15 2020, the Chair was at Mushuau-nipi, a traditional meeting place for caribou peoples (Innu, Naskapi and Cree) on the George River North of Schefferville, to hold a seminar on the implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) in Indigenous communities. The meeting allowed for interesting exchanges between researchers and community members on issues such as capacity, employment, royalties, consent and social acceptability of these agreements. The organizers have put in place measures in order to comply with health regulations and avoid the spread of Covid-19 (limitation of the number of participants, mandatory covid test, outdoor activities, etc.). If you would like to know more, the report of the discussions is now available on the MinErAL network website. This summary highlights the problems, questions, and potential solutions discussed during the proceedings.

Find the report here.

Cohabiter avec le navettage aéroporté : Guide d'accompagnement 11/11/2020

A support guide was launched by the Regroupement des femmes de la Côte-Nord and its partners, entitled Cohabiter avec le navettage aéroporté. This guide brings together 32 good practices in airborne commuting and is divided into four themes, which are infrastructure and services to the community, sustainable socio-economic benefits, living together and the well-being of workers and their families. Click on the following link to access the guide: 

Northern Days 11/10/2020

The virtual event Northern Days will take place from November 10 to 12, to which members of the Chair will participate. Thierry Rodon will take part to the first session on November 10th, dedicated to northern research in times of pandemic. On November 11th, Aude Therrien will participate to the third session, titled Cohabit with commuting. This session will be moderated by Thierry Rodon. For more informations on the program or to registrate, please visit the website of the Institut nordique du Québec. 

Impacts du navettage sur les travailleurs et travailleuses, leur famille et les communautés de la Jamésie 11/03/2020

The Comité condition féminine Baie-James just published its report on the Impacts of commuting on workers, their families and communities from Jamésie, to which the chair has contributed. 

Panel and launch of the RAQ issue on Free, Prior and Informed Consent 10/29/2020

The panel and launch of the last issue of the journal Recherches amérindiennes au Québec on Prior, Free and Informed Consent: From Principle to Implementation in the Canadian Context, will be held on october 29th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The presentation will be in French.

Participants :
Dominique Leydet – UQAM
Françoise Montambeault – UdeM
Martin Papillon – UdeM
Thierry Rodon – ULaval

Speakers :
Jacynthe Ledoux – Lawyer, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP [OKT Avocats];
Jean-Charles Piétacho – Chief of Ekuanitshit community;
Maurice J. Kistabish

Laurent Jérôme – Professor, UQAM Director of Recherches amérindiennes au Québec

Registration is required to receive the zoom link :

Special issue on the implementing of free, prior and informed consent to be published soon 03/09/2020

The special issue of Recherches Amérindiennes au Québec on the implementation of Prior, Free and Informed Consent (CPLE) under the direction of Martin Papillon and Thierry Rodon is now available (french only).

You will find, among others, articles by our members Sabrina Bourgeois, Julie Fortin and Thierry Rodon.

To order a paper copy or PDF, click here

Homage to Louis-Edmond Hamelin 02/15/2020

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Louis-Edmond Hamelin, geographer at the origin of northern studies in Quebec and founder of the Centre d'études nordiques de l'Université Laval, of which CIÉRA is the heir. All researchers working on the North are deeply indebted to him.

He travelled the North on foot, by canoe, train and plane, but also mentally by creating a lexicon that allowed Quebec to express its nordicity and its autochthony, words he created to describe these too often unknown realities of Quebec. He has also put poetry into research by creating words such as glaciel or hivernité, which allow us to reconcile with our winter. Our debt to him is immense and we can only continue to clear the path he left us.

We also want to emphasize that Louis-Edmond Hamelin was one of the great intellectuals of the Quiet Revolution, but above all a man of integrity, generosity and who, despite all the recognition he received, kept a simplicity and curiosity that made him endearing and always pleasant.

Thank you for everything.

To view or review the discussion at the Louis-Edmond Hamelin Tribute Evening, organized by Caroline Desbiens, Chaire de recherche du Canada en patrimoine et tourisme autochtone, on February 11, 2021, click here.

Arctic Week 2019 12/09/2019

This thursday, Thierry Rodon and chef of Matimekush-Lac John Réal McKenzie are going to present the conférence “Mines and Indigenous Communities in Northern Canada: Conflicting Narratives and Research Needs” at the Arctic Week 2019 (December 9-13, Paris). The Arctic Week is a one-week international conference that provides transdisciplinary approaches to climate and environmental changes in the Arctic. It aims to provide an overview of the different challenges of the Arctic regions, as understood by Arctic peoples and by researchers. 

Online course on Northern Quebec 10/07/2019

The research chair, at the initiative of the INQ, is working on an online course (MOOC) on northern Quebec. This course offers an introduction to social and political issues of northern Quebec, a territory that is also the traditional home of several First Nations. The different units will allow a better understanding of the northern populations’ cultures, of northern representations in our collective imagination, of the various visions of the economic development of this territory and of its socio-political developments.

This course is aimed at everyone who is interested in northern Quebec and would like to know more about this territory, its historical context, its various societies and issues.
The course will be offered in English in fall 2019. Registrations are now opened!

To learn more about the course, read the course syllabus and watch the trailer (in French).

Photo: Amélie Breton

The aporias of Aboriginal politics in Canada 08/27/2019

This book provides a critical look at Canada's Aboriginal policies that will allow us to see the political and social advances made by Aboriginal peoples over the past decades, but also the limits imposed by the Canadian state, which are all aporias. There is thus a contradiction between the recognition of the status of "nation" and the right to self-government and the willingness of the federal and provincial governments to set significant limits to this right, leaving little room for manoeuvre for the expression of indigenous sovereignty. To address these paradoxes, after a presentation of the history of Canada's relations with Aboriginal peoples and the state of Aboriginal law, this book examines the different Aboriginal policies of Canada and the provinces as well as some experiences in the implementation of political autonomy. Finally, a comparison of these policies with those of three countries with similar colonial and legal traditions, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, provides a perspective.

This book will give readers an opportunity to become more familiar with Aboriginal policies and to better understand the evolution of Canadians' relationship with Aboriginal peoples who were their first allies and partners and who, after more than 150 years of submission policies, are trying to renew these old alliances but often remain unknown, creating not two, but multiple solitudes within Canada.

*In French only 

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.

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!

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.

Overcoming barriers to sustainable Arctic energy development through thermal storage (2019-2021) 01/01/2019

The project is funded by the New Frontiers Research Fund (FNFR) and the Institut nordique du Québec. It is directed by Jasmin Raymond (INRS). Louis Gosselin, Christophe Krolik and Thierry Rodon are co-investigators in the project. 

Thierry Rodon, Louise Nachet, Christophe Krolik and Tommy Palliser published an article in Sustainability on the obstacles to the development of renewable energies in Nunavik:

Rodon, T., Nachet, L., Krolik, C. and Palliser, T., (2021) “Building Energy Sovereignty through Community-Based Projects in Nunavik”, Sustainability, 13(16), 9061. [online].

Inuit communities in Canada are overwhelmingly dependent on expensive and polluting local diesel-powered generators for electricity production. This article seeks to understand the legal and political obstacles relative to the development of renewable energy in Nunavik, Québec’s Inuit territory. 

Keywords: arctic; energy sovereignty; indigenous; Inuit; Nunavik; remote communities; renewable energy; sustainable development.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 ».

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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