Webinar: Lessons Learned from Community-Engaged Research and Capacity Enhancement: North-South Collaborations to Support Low-Impact Arctic Shipping Corridors Decision-Making

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Join the Canadian Marine Shipping Risk Forum (CMSRF) and the Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice (CORC CoP) on Friday, May 7 at 9:30 am Pacific /12:30pm Eastern for an interactive and engaging online session! 

This webinar is the second of two webinars exploring topics related to community-driven research carried out under the University of Ottawa-led Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices research project.  This virtual, interactive session focuses on the ‘lessons learned’ from the project from the perspectives of the academic research community, community partners, and youth community researchers, with potential lessons for industry and government representatives who are interested in collaborating with Northern communities.  

The Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices research project involved 14 communities across Arctic Canada, including 59 Inuit and Northern youth as community researchers, and resulted in a series of locally-informed community-specific maps to inform Arctic waters users about the significant socio-cultural, archaeological and ecological areas, and local travel routes, for integration into the Low Impact Shipping Corridors.   

Dr. Natalie Carter of the University of Ottawa, the project Community Research Lead, will present on the benefits, challenges, and lessons learned.  Shirley Tagalik, of the Arviat Aqqiumavvik Society will discuss the unexpected outcomes from the research project for her community relevant to safety issues with shipping and travel, ice monitoring and mapping, and infrastructure location. Natasha Simonee, a community researcher and partner in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet, Nunavut) will share insights from her involvement with the project including suggestions for communicating and working with community partners.   Dr. Amber Silver, Assistant Professor, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity of the University at Albany, New York and Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice Co-Lead, will moderate the session. 

This webinar is jointly hosted by the Canadian Marine Shipping Risk Forum (CMSRF), and the Coast and Ocean Risk Communication Community of Practice (CORC CoP), two communities of practice supported by MEOPAR (the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction, and Response) Network, a federally-funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE).  



Natalie Carter is a Research Associate in the Environment, Society and Policy Group in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics at University of Ottawa and the Straight Up North Research Team in the School of Earth, Environment and Society at McMaster University. She is the Community Research Lead of the Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices research project. In this role, she actively engages Inuit and Northerners in the development of potential management strategies related to national marine policy initiatives (shipping). Natalie spends about ¼ of her time in Canadian Arctic communities working closely with community organizations, youth, adults, and Elders. This includes youth capacity enhancement, co-constructing projects, documenting local knowledge, conducting analyses, and results validation and sharing.    

Natasha Simonee is a mother, a hunter, researcher, and a teacher by profession. She spends much of the spring and summer with her family collecting data for community research projects. Before becoming a teacher, she held many positions that allowed her to explore and find her interest in research, and her role in community research that benefits her community and its people.  Natasha lives in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut 

Shirley Tagalik is a retired educator living in Arviat, Nunavut. She has worked at all levels in the early childcare and school system and led the curriculum division of Early Childhood and School Services for 10 years. She is an active researcher in the areas of education, child development, language development, youth engagement, youth suicide prevention, determinants of health, healing and cultural revitalization. For the past 20 years she has been actively working with Inuit Elders to document their cultural knowledge, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.  Shirley serves as a volunteer director of the Arviat Aqqiumavvik Society, a community group dedicated to addressing concerns through community-driven research and innovative programming.