Canada's North - A Place to Call Home in the Land of Opportunities

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: social sciences, identity clarification, northern community, lifestyle

Principal Investigator: Laidlaw, Victoria S. (1)
Licence Number: 14405
Organization: Department of Rural Economy
Licenced Year(s): 2008
Issued: Jul 24, 2008

Objective(s): The objective of this research is to investigate how non-aboriginal residents of the NWT acquire northern identities and how it impacts their participation in resource development consultations or decisions. This will include exploring how they personally identify as a ænorthernerÆ and how they classify or categorize others as ænorthernersÆ (or not).

Project Description: This licence is issued for scientific research application #198.

The objective of this research is to investigate how non-aboriginal residents of the NWT acquire northern identities and how it impacts their participation in resource development consultations or decisions. This will include exploring how they personally identify as a ‘northerner’ and how they classify or categorize others as ‘northerners’ (or not).

This research will be done through unstructured interviews with approximately six non-aboriginal residents of Inuvik. Individuals will be chosen based on recommendations given by initial and subsequent interviewees. All of the interviews will be conducted in a suitable location amenable to the respondent and will be recorded using a digital recorder.

The researchers will forward a copy of the report for NSTP to the Aurora Research Institute and the Town of Inuvik. They will also forward a copy of the report to respondents who are interested in seeing the final product of their interviews.
Fieldwork will be conducted from July 24 to August 31, 2008 in Inuvik.