Research, Guidance, and Relations

Kawerak-Region Tribal Research Protocols, Guidelines, Expectations & Best Practices
Kawerak, Inc.

This document represents a Tribal vision from the Kawerak region about some key aspects of what Tribes want to see regarding the world of research. Topics covered include conceptualizing research, research oversight, planning research, conducting research, applying research, and information sharing and control.

Equitable Arctic Research: A Guide for Innovation
Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq

This guide on Equity in Arctic Research provides practical strategies for you to create equitable and effective partnerships with Indigenous communities in your research. By using the strategies and resources in this guide, you can work toward:

  • Building respectful and long-term relationships with Indigenous communities 
  • Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges and practices in a respectful and equitable manner 
  • Achieving more meaningful and successful Arctic research
A Circumpolar Inuit Declaration on Sovereignty in the Arctic
Inuit Circumpolar Council

We, the Inuit of Inuit Nunaat, are committed to this Declaration and to working with Arctic states and others to build partnerships in which the rights, roles and responsibilities of Inuit are fully recognized and accommodated.

Circumpolar Inuit Protocols for Equitable and Ethical Engagement
Inuit Circumpolar Council

Equitable and ethical engagement and the utilization of Indigenous Knowledge is required to inform research, assessments, monitoring programs, decision-making, policy and governance. Such an approach will ensure that all will have the best available information to make sound decisions that respond to conditions facing the entire global community.

2022 Inuit Circumpolar Council Declaration
Inuit Circumpolar Council

Reaffirming that the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) exists as the unified voice for Inuit at the international level. The principal goals of ICC are to strengthen unity among Inuit of the circumpolar region; promote Inuit status, rights, and interests on an international level; develop and encourage long-term policies that safeguard the Arctic environment; and seek full and active partnership in the political, economic, and social development of the Arctic,...

NNA Follow Up Letter
Kawerak, Inc.

We—federally recognized Tribes and regional Tribal Consortia representing or comprised of over 75 federally recognized Tribes4—are writing to provide additional specific recommendations that can be used by NSF to ensure that NNA funding is spent well and achieves societal benefits.

Improving Local Participation in Research in Nortwest Alaska
University of Alaska

In conjunction with the Northwest Arctic Borough, the Chukchi Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks organized the Workshop on Improving Local Participation in Research in Northwest Alaska. The National Science Foundation funded the workshop in its continuing effort to improve relations between researchers and local residents. The workshop occurred in Kotzebue April 2-4, 2013.

Research Processes and Indigenous Communities in Western Alaska
Kawerak, Inc.

Research activities have become a regular occurrence in northern indigenous community life, a major factor influencing policy and management affecting these communities, and a source of various community impacts (positive, negative, and otherwise). Research processes span across the disciplines, including work in the natural sciences (e.g. physical oceanographic work, climatological research, fisheries and marine mammal research) as well as the social sciences (e.g. ethnographic studies, socioeconomic impact studies, and harvest survey research).

Navigating the New Arctic NSF Comment Letter
Kawerak, Inc.

Our organizations and communities are extremely concerned about environmental and other changes happening in the Arctic, as well as the research that is being funded and conducted on these topics. Our desire, and our request to you, is to work with us to create a collaborative, effective, and widely beneficial NSF funding mechanism.